Chennai, Vizag in last four

VISAKHAPATNAM, FEB. 26. Last year's winner and runner-up Chennai and Visakhapatnam, qualified for the semifinals of the 25th all-India Major Ports tennis championship here on Friday.

Both scored two wins each in their respective pools in the league phase.

In the 23rd basketball championships, Visakhapatnam, placed third last year, and Chennai scored wins in their respective pools on the opening day.

The veterans tennis singles title holder P.K. Kishore of Visakhapantam, scored an easy win in his first round match.

The results:

Tennis (League phase, Pool A): Chennai bt Kandla 3-0 (G. Chellaiah bt Siva 6-0, 6-1; K. Prabhakaran bt P. Anil 6-0, 6-1; Chellaiah/Prabhakaran bt Hari/Sunil 6-0, 6-1). Chennai bt Goa 3-0 (Chellaiah bt Richards 6-0, 6-0; Prabhakaran bt Mick 6-0, 6-2; Chellaiah/Prabhakaran bt Patrick/Atul 6-2, 6-0). (Pool B): Visakhapatnam bt JNPT 3-0 (K. Bujji bt Ganvani 6-0, 6-1; K. R. Anil Kumar bt Stanley 6-0, 6-1; P. K. Kishore/Anil Kumar bt Stanley Sravan 6-0, 6-2). Visakhapatnam bt New Mangalore 3-0 (Bujji bt Nandan 6-0, 6-1; Anil Kumar bt M. A. Khan 6-0, 6-2; Kishore/Anil Kumar bt Vedaratnam/Nandan 6-0,6-2).

Veterans singles (first round): B. Mallayya (JNPT) bt N.K.V. Raju (Vizag) 10-9 (11-9), Kishore bt P.S. Parab (JNPT) 10-1.

Basketball (Pool A): Visakhapatnam 68 (J.V.K. Nayagam 12, Sridhar 12) bt Goa 40 (Placy Pires 30). HT: 39-14. (Pool B): Chennai 86 (Satish Kumar 15, Sivatin 14) bt New Mangalore 47 (S. Galiappa 18). HT: 49-29.