HYDERABAD: S. Settu of Tamil Nadu defeated Statemate Selvan 6-0, 6-3 in the men's singles quarterfinals of the over 45 years category of the Gokaraju Rangaraju memorial veterans' tennis championship at Bhimavaram on Friday.

The results: Over 45 years (quarterfinals): S. Settu (TN) bt Selvan (TN) 6-0, 6-3; M. Suresh (AP) bt Sarangi (Ori) 6-3, 6-3; K. Mehar Prakash (AP) bt Maruthi Mohan (AP) 6-3, 6-4.

Doubles: S. Settu & A.S. Khan bt Koteswara Rao & K. Krishnam Raju 3-6, 6-2, 6-1; B.V. Rama Raju / G. Krishnam Raju bt M.S. Rama Rao & C. Srinivas 6-1, 6-2.

Over 55 years: V. Ram Mohan Rao (AP) bt Pushpa Raj (Kar) 6-3, 6-1; C.S. Rajan (TN) bt M.S. Venkatachalam (TN) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2; T.A.P.N. Rao (AP) bt D.S. Rao (Mah) 6-3, 6-4.

Doubles: T.A.P.N. Rao & C.S. Rajan bt A. Ram Babu & Pushpa Raj 6-4, 6-4; M.S. Prakash & K.S.R.A. Raju bt D.S.N. Raju & D.S. Rao 6-4, 6-4; A.R. Rao & V.R. Kulkarni bt V. Ram Mohan Rao & A.S.N. Raju 6-4, 2-6, 6-0; Madan Mohan Singh & D.S. Venkatachalam bt P.P. Raghav Rao & B.Ch. Kameswara Rao 6-3, 7-6(3).

Over 65 years: T. Sreedhar (AP) bt D. Kesava Perumal (TN) 6-1, 6-0; C.B. Raju (AP) bt D.R.V. Prasad (AP) 6-0, 6-1; C. Radhakrishna (TN) bt K.V. Appala Raju (AP) 6-4, 6-4; Sreekanth Parekh (Mah) bt V. Chiranjeevi (AP) 6-2, 6-1.

Doubles: C.B. Raju & Sreekanth Parekh bt B. Chandrannath & P. Malleswara Rao 6-0, 6-0; P.R.V. Prasad & D. Madhav Murthy bt T.N. Laxmanan & G.G. Vittal 6-3, 6-3; T. Sreedhar & N.S. Sharma bt Ballal & Kesava Perumal 6-7(3), 7-6(2), 6-2; V. Chiranjeevi & K.V. Appala Raju bt C. Radhakrishna & B. Padma Raju 6-4, 6-3.

Patnaik stuns Raju

P.K. Patnaik shocked top-seeded P.R. Raju of Andhra Pradesh 6-4, 6-4 in the singles final of the over 55 years category of the Circars AITA veterans' tennis tournament at Kakinada.

The results: Over 45 years (semifinals): Arun Kumar (AP) bt Krishnamurthy (TN) 6-0, 6-1; Madhukar Rao (TN) bt K.S. Chowdary (AP) 6-0, 6-2.

Over 55 years (final): P.K. Patnaik (bt) P.R. Raju (AP) 6-4, 6-4.

Over 65 years: K.K. Aravind (TN) bt P. Ramakrishna Rao (AP) 6-0, 6-0.

Doubles: T.S. Balakrishnan & K.K. Aravind bt A.J. Keerthi Kumar & Nani Rao 6-1, 6-1.


Selection trials to pick the Andhra Pradesh youth men's and women's volleyball teams will be held at the Lal Bahadur Stadium, Hyderabad on April 7 and 8. The teams will take part in the National youth championships at Vatakara, Kerala from April 29 to May 6. Players attending the trials should produce birth certificates, as only those born on or after January 1, 1986 are eligible.

Sethu-Srinath final

Sethu Kannan will take on U. Srinath in the final of the TCS Cup corporate tennis tournament, in Hyderabad. In the semifinals, Sethu Kannan of GVK Industries defeated Abhinav Jhingan 6-1, 6-2, while U. Srinath of Satya Vani got the better of Ch. Kannan of Infosys 6-3, 6-2.

Tennis tournament

Fateh Maidan Club will organise inter-club tennis tournament for markers and pickers of all clubs and coaching centres in the twin cities for the Mar-Pic Rolling Trophy on March 22 and 23.

The winner will be richer by Rs. 3,000 and the runner-up Rs. 2,000. Entries close by March 20. Further details may be obtained from Ramu of FMC, Ph: 65908855 or 9989309238.

Waltair wins

At Visakhapatnam, last year's runner-up Waltair won the East Coast Railway inter-division cricket tournament, beating holder Khurda Road by eight wickets in the final at the Railway Stadium on Friday.

G. Shankar Rao, who made an unbeaten 46 (4x6, 1x6), had earlier claimed two wickets.

The Divisional Railway Manager, Indra Ghosh, distributed the trophy and prizes.

The scores: Khurda Road 108 in 33.3 overs (S.P. Deb Burman 30, Madhusudhan Rao three for 25) lost to Waltair 111 for two in 21.4 overs (G. Shankar Rao 46 n.o., D. Ravikumar 40).

Syam scalps five

A five-wicket haul by N. Syam Sundar that followed fine batting earned Visakhapatnam Port Sports Council a huge 195-run win over Vizag Blues in the quarterfinals of the 14th The Hindu Trophy annual prize money cricket tournament at the ACA-VDCA stadium here on Friday.

Last year's joint winner Metro CC coasted to a 150-run win over Victoria CC in another quarterfinal. J.T. Yadav scored 94 (10x4) and picked up two wickets for Metro.

Metro meets VPSC and another joint winner East Coast Railway Sports Association takes on Gajuwaka Greens in Saturday's semifinals.

The scores: VPSC 343 for four in 46 overs (N.S. Reddy 80, Krishna Mohan 72, H. Vatekar 67, Md. Basha 56 n.o.) bt Vizag Blues 148 in 43.2 overs (K.N. Pawan Kumar 75, N. Syam Sundar five for 27).

Metro CC 289 in 50 overs (J.T. Yadav 94, K.N. Gangadhar 54, A. Abraham 27, Harikrishna four for 56) bt Victoria CC 139 in 31.5 overs (T.K. Ayyappa 47).

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