Five upsets in National Grasscourt Tennis Ch`ships
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 19:47
Kolkata: There were as many as five upsets in singles competition of Vishwarupa Tubes National Grasscourt Tennis Championships at the Calcutta South Club here on Wednesday.

In the men's section, qualifier Ashutosh Singh of Delhi defeated seventh seed Vijyant Malik of Chandigarh 7-6(7-5), 7-6(9-7) in a 122-minute affair.

In the first set Singh and Malik exchanged breaks twice before the proceedings went into tie-breaker, which the former took 7-3.

Both traded serves once in the second set that again went into tie-breaker and Singh again bagged it 9-7.

Uttar Pradesh's Lakshit Sood defeated another lucky loser Ramkumar Ramanathan of Tamil Nadu 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 to make it to the quarterfinal.

Among women, Gujarat's Ankita Raina ousted the third seed Sweta Kumari Solanki of Delhi 6-4, 6-3 in straight sets.

Maharashtra's Kyra Shroff took out sixth seed Aishwarya Agrawal of Madhya Pradesh in a 175-minute marathon clash. Kyra outplayed Agrawal 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(7-5).

Meanwhile, Radhika Kanitkar of Maharashtra defeated the seventh seed Sweta Rana of Himachal Pradesh 6-4, 6-4.

The last upset was Air India's Geeta Manohar beating the eighth seed, Karnataka's Prarthana Prathap 6-1, 6-2.


First Published: Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 19:47

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