KOCHI: Without raising much sweat, Tamil Nadu's Vinod Sridhar and Kamala Kannan, the top two seeds, posted identical wins and entered the men's singles semifinals of the KRL AITA all-India ranking tennis tournament at the Kochi Refineries Tennis Complex, Ambalamugal, on Wednesday.
While Vinod brushed aside Statemate Ashwin Vijayarajan 6-1, 6-2, Kamala Kannan defeated Delhi's Murali 6-1, 6-2.
The results: Singles quarterfinals: Vinod Sridhar (TN) bt Ashwin Vijayarajan (TN) 6-1, 6-2; P.G. Vignesh (AP) bt Dhruv Kumar (WB) 6-3, 6-2; Sukul Saurav (WB) bt Mohammed Fariz 6-4, 6-4; Kamala Kannan (TN) bt Nikhil Murali (Del) 6-1, 6-2.
Doubles quarterfinals: Vinod Sridhar-Kamala Kannan (TN) bt K.H. Praveen-P. Pavan (AP) 6-3, 6-4; P.C. Vignesh (AP)-Kinshuk Sharma (Chd) bt Nikunj Siwach (Goa)-Yogesh Phogat (AP) 6-2, 6-1; Sukul Saurav-K. Sewa Manoj (WB) bt Dhruv Kumar-Robin Das (WB) 6-1, 6-4; Mohammed Fariz-Vikram Aditya Menon (TN) bt Sandeep Choudhary-Rohit Choudhary (Raj) 6-3, 7-5.
Pre-quarterfinals (best of 17 games): Vinod Sridhar-Kamala Kannan bt Vijay Kumar-Santhosh Venkatram (Kar) 9-2; Mohammed Fariz-Vikram Aditya bt Rana Honey (Del)-Jitendar Mehlda (Har) 9-4; Sukul Saurav-Manoj Sewa bt Rynold Timothy-Binu Mani (Ker) 9-2. Principal Correspondent