Sudanwa and Morrissey lose in junior doubles

Yuki’s tenacity paid off against Sock

New York: One Indian is sure to lay hands on the U.S. Open men’s doubles trophy as Davis Cup teammates Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes would battle each other in the summit clash along with their respective partners.

Bhupathi and his Bahamian partner Mark Knowles, seeded third, eased into the final with a 6-4, 6-2 semifinal win over fifth seeds Max Mirnyi of Belarus and Andy Ram of Israel at Flushing Meadows on Wednesday.

In the tight first set of men’s doubles second semifinal, Bhupathi and Knowles converted the only chance they had and saved a breakpoint on their own serve to take the lead.

Going with the momentum, the Indo-Bahamian pair broke their twice in the second set and saved the only breakpoint they faced to seal a final berth.

Meanwhile, in the junior championship, Sudanwa Sitaram lost in the second round of the doubles event. Sudanwa and his Irish partner John Morrissey lost 4-6, 6-3, 4-10 to Hungarian Marton Fucsovics and Cheng Peng Hsieh of Chinese Taipei.

Yuki in quarterfinals

Bidding for his second Grand Slam title of the year, India’s Yuki Bhambri stormed into the boys’ singles quarterfinals. Yuki edged past local lad Jack Sock 6-4, 6-3 in the third round.

This was for the first time that Yuki faced some resistance in the tournament. Sock played some solid service games and made Yuki earn his points. Till the eighth game of the first set there was no break of serve.

However, Yuki’s tenacity paid off as he created chances and converted his fourth breakpoint in the ninth game to open up lead and served out the set in the next game.

The World No. 1 junior though did not have to wait for a break in the second set as he broke Sock in the very first game to make a perfect start. The reigning junior Australian Open champion, though, was in for a surprise as the American broke him in the fourth game to make it 2-2.

From here on, both the players struggled to hold serve and traded breaks in three consecutive games before Yuki managed to hold on to his serve in the eighth to make it 5-3 and converted his first match point on Sock’s serve in the ninth game.

Yuki will meet the winner of the match between Chase Buchanan of America and Marton Fucsovics of Hungary. — PTI

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