Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram today continued his rampaging run at the Korea Open notching up a sensational straight-game upset victory over world No 7 Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei to storm into the finals of the USD 600,000 Super Series event here on Saturday.
The Chinese women's team defeated Romania and will encounter Singapore in the semi-finals of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) team World Cup here while the Chinese men's team will meet Chinese Taipei after beating Brazil.
India's campaign in the women's singles of the USD 350,000 Hong Kong Super Series came to an end after ace shuttler Saina Nehwal was stunned by Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals here on Friday.
Chinese Taipei shuttler Chou Tien Chen stunned China's Wang Zhengming 10-21, 25-23, 21-19 to clinch the French Open Super Series men's singles title while Olympic champion Li Xuerui retired to hand the women's singles title to teammate Shixian Wang at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin here.
India's Sanam Singh reached the quarterfinals of the men's singles tennis event of the 17th Asian Games with a straight sets victory over higher ranked South Korean Hyeon Chung at the Yeorumul Tennis Courts here Friday.
Veteran star Leander Paes is set to combine with Rohan Bopanna for the doubles rubber during the Davis Cup tie against Serbia, Indian captain Anand Amritraj confirmed Sunday but he says nothing has been decided on the Asian Games squad as yet.
With India`s recent Davis Cup triumph against Chinese Taipei coming without the experience of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, the country`s numero uno singles player Somdev Devvarman feels it is time that the focus shifts from the veteran duo to the youngsters.
The current Indian Davis Cup team oozes confidence. The 5-0 whitewash of the visiting Chinese Taipei side tells a story, that of young Indian tennis players arriving for the occasion. Indian tennis, for quite a long time, has been the story of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi.
Somdev Devvarman tamed Ti Chen after a gruelling contest while Rohan Bopanna combined with Saketh Myneni to win the doubles rubber to give India an unassailable 3-0 lead in the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I tie against Chinese Taipei on Saturday.
India are unlikely to be troubled by a depleted Chinese Taipei but there is no scope for smugness as the visitors have some talented players in their ranks for the Asia/Oceania Group I tie, beginning here on Friday.