Special Correspondent

Sunil Kumar lost to Croatia’s Ivan Cerovic

Kedryuk produced some scintillating tennis

GULBARGA: The top two seeds, Pavol Cervenak of Slovakia and Rainer Eitzinger of Austria crashed out in the quarterfinals of the Gulbarga Open ITF Futures men’s championship on a day when tantrums and theatrics took centrestage at the Chandrasekhar Patil stadium tennis courts here on Thursday.

The unseeded Philipp Oswald of Austria took top seed Cervenak and his temperamental on-court behaviour in his stride to chalk out a 6-3, 6-2 verdict. Sixth-seed Alexey Kedryuk of Kazakhstan indulged in some power-packed tennis to go along with his vocal volleys to oust the second seed and Bellary Open champion Rainer Eitzinger at 6-3, 6-4.

Both Cervenak and Kedryk were warned by the chair umpire. The Kazak player may even be fined for giving vent to his frustration on a chair which snapped. Cervenak first ‘hit’ the ball past chair umpire Rajat Kapoor and soon after flung his racquet to be warned.

Not enough

India’s Sunil Kumar Sipaeya played his heart out but it was just not enough against Croat Ivan Cerovic. The third seed won 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 in about 135 minutes of action. Sipaeya, a former National champion and seeded eighth here, had his chances but his serves let him down at crucial junctures in the clash of left-handers.

Sipaeya failed to hold his serve in the second game of the opening set to let Cerovic go 3-0 up. He then played deep and caught the lines on either side to claw his way back and twice broke the Croat to be 5-all. Sipaeya, however, surrendered the set with a poor 12th game.

In the second set, Sipaeya slowed down the pace and cut down his errors. Cerovic twice summoned the Chief Referee Puneet Gupta onto the court questioning chair umpire Abdul Raoof’s (Kuwait) decisions. But the Delhi lad sewed up the set with a break in the third game.

In the decider Sipaeya had his chances but a string of unforced errors and crucial double faults saw him lose serve in the second and eighth games to give Cerovic a semifinal spot against Kedryuk.

Kedryuk produced some scintillating tennis interspersed with tantrums. The frequent interruptions upset his rival Eitzinger, who faltered with his serves and committed a string of double-faults.

The gangling Oswald, who had beat fifth-seed Darko Madjarovski in the earlier round, kept the ball in play while the top-seed Cervenak, failing to keep his temper down, made all the mistakes.

The results (all Indians unless specified): Men: Singles (quarterfinals): Ivan Cerovic (Cro) bt Sunil Kumar Sipaeya 7-5, 4-6, 6-2; Alexey Kedryuk (Kaz) bt Rainer Eitzinger (Aut) 6-3, 6-4; Philipp Oswald (Aut) bt Pavol Cervenak (Svk) 6-3, 6-2; Dekel Valtzer (Isr) bt Marek Semjan (Svk) 5-7, 7-5,7-6(7).

Doubles: Semifinals: Kannan / Kedryuk (Kaz) bt Ivan Anikanov (Ukr) / Shivang Mishra 7-6(2), 6-3; Tushar Liberhan / Rupesh Roy bt Cerovic (Cro) / Valtzer (Isr) 6-4, 6-4.

Quarterfinals: Tushar Liberhan / Rupesh Roy bt Rohan Gajjar / Vishnu Vardhan 6-3, 6-4; Cerovic (Cro)/ Valtzer (Isr) bt Robert Belak / Darko Madjarovski (Srb) 6-3, 3-6, 10-3; Anikanov (Ukr) / Mishra bt Cervenak (Svk) / Semjan (Svk) 6-3, 7-6(6); Vijay Kannan / Kedryuk (Kaz) bt Rohan Gide / Rahil Makharia 6-2, 6-1.

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