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Junior Davis Cup: India slips at the post against China

It is tough to enact a fairytale every day.

The Indian boys fell short by a whisker at the crunch as they were beaten 2-1 by second seed China in the Asia Oceania junior Davis Cup under-16 tennis tournament at the DLTA Complex here on Friday.

In the decisive doubles, Adil Kalyanpur and Megh Patel were beaten 6-3, 5-7, 10-8 by Mo Ye Cong and Zhao Lingxi, after the Indian boys saved two matchpoints.

Heartbreak

It was heartbreak for the Indian camp, as Kalyanpur had beaten the Chinese No. 1 Zhao Lingxi rather comprehensively 6-1, 6-3 in the second singles after Siddhant Banthia was outplayed by Mu Tao.

With the second best junior from China, the 68th ranked Zhao Lingxi looking tired and being erratic, Kalyanpur executed victory with a touch of assurance.

However, in the doubles the talented left-hander Lingxi played a lot better to shut out the Indian challenge.

Determined Chinese

The Chinese were determined after a close call on setpoint in the second set, even though it had to be conceded that the chair umpire Anton D’Souza was courageous with his correct call.

The host will face Australia, which was overwhelmed by Japan in no time in the other semifinal.

Perhaps, the Japanese were hurt after the Aussie captain asked for the removal of their country’s flag on the fence in the stands, at the start of the match, and responded with an electrifying game.

India upbeat

Having stretched the top two teams, Japan, in the league, and China in the semifinals, the Indian camp was upbeat about its chances of securing a win against the tall and strongly built Aussies on Saturday.

As captain Vishaal Uppal stressed, India was very much alive in the tournament, in terms of its primary task of winning one of the three spots for the World Group competition.

Having expended a lot of physical, mental and psychological energy over five days of intense competition, in singles and doubles, it will be interesting to see how well the boys respond to the final challenge of making it to the World Group, in the third place contest.

The results (semifinals):

Japan bt Australia 2-0 (Rimpei Kawakami bt Thomas James Bosancic 6-3, 6-2; Naoki Tajima bt Allexander Crnokrak 6-3, 6-2).

China bt India 2-1 (Mu Tao bt Siddhant Banthia 6-2, 6-1; Zhao Lingxi lost to Adil Kalyanpur 1-6, 3-6; Mo Ye Cong & Zhao Lingxi bt Adil Kalyanpur & Megh Patel 6-3, 5-7, 10-8).

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