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Rupesh shocks Chatwinder

NEW DELHI JAN. 28. Rupesh Roy upset the third-seeded Chatwinder Singh 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 to make it to the pre-quarterfinals of the Oriental Bank of Commerce grade-3 ITF junior tennis tournament at the DLTA Complex here on Tuesday.

Though it was a general relief for most, as matches could be played from the afternoon, after a long spell of rain, Chatwinder did not like the idea of his match finishing under the floodlights.

A set of lights on one side of the courts did not function, and that led to a lot of acrimony in twilight, at least in one case when the referee asked the players to continue with one more game, albeit in darkness, as the matches could be shifted only after even games.

On his part, the finalist of a similar tournament in Bangladesh recently, Chatwinder had to shift from court No.11 to the No.1 court to continue his match under the floodlights. He was leading 5-1 in the second, and did not have much difficulty in wrapping up the set.

However, in the decider, it was Rupesh who called the shots, even as Chatwinder made far too many errors to give himself a chance to make it to the next round. It was the second win for the young Rupesh over Chatwinder in three meetings. Rupesh will meet Divij Sharan who perspired to a 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3 victory over the 700th ranked qualifier Amir Weintraub of Israel.

Divij was rusty as he had been busy with school examinations. Yet, the left-hander had such good control over the volleys that he teased the Israeli with drop shots, one of which was so good that Amir threw his racquet in frustration straight to the feet of the top-seeded Karan Rastogi on the adjacent court.

The fourth-seeded Tushar Liberhan bit the dust against the 470th ranked qualifier Dominic Inglot of Britain in straight sets. The tall Briton was too strong physically and was serving thunderbolts in outclassing the soft-stroking Chandigarh lad.

The second-seeded Somdev Dev Varman was in a spot of bother against Jong Guk Ho of Korea, the finalist of last week in Calcutta, but played a sharp decider, serving and volleying with a touch of assurance as and when the demand arose to make the pre-quarterfinals.

Karan dropped a solitary game in taming Punna Vikas, who tried too many things too early, without conviction. The easy win notwithstanding, Karan may have to play a strong game if he aspires to live up to his rating in the strong field.

The seventh-seeded Sunu wahyu Trijati of Indonesia was shown the door by Baris Erguden of Turkey.

The results (first round): Boys: Karan Rastogi bt Punna Vikas 6-0, 6-1; Eduard Khan (Uzb) bt Wrik Ganguly 3-6, 6-0, 6-3; Nicholas Cavaday (GBR) bt Tristan Farron Mahon (Ire) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5); Dmytro Tolok (Ukr) bt Sanam Singh 6-3, 6-3; Rupesh Roy bt Chatwinder Singh 6-3, 1-6, 6-3; Divij Sharan bt Amir Weintraub (Isr) 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3; Max Jones (GBR) bt Vijay Sunder Prashanth 0-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5); Dmitry Ivanov (Uzb) bt Jitin Bishnoi 6-2, 6-1; Gafur Ishmatov (Uzb) bt Moshika Gamlieli (Isr) 6-2, 6-4; Siddharth Gulati bt Sumit Prakash Gupta 6-3, 7-6 (8-6); Vivek Shokeen bt Michael Wahl (Aus) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4; Dominic Inglot (GBR) bt Tushar Liberhan 6-4, 6-3; Baris Erguden (Tur) bt Sunu Wahyu Trijati (Ina) 6-2, 6-3; Navdeep Singh bt Aziz Abdurazakov (Uzb) 7-5, 6-3; Kirati Siributwong (Tha) bt Jamie Murray (GBR) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4); Somdev Dev Varman bt Jong Guk Ho (Kor) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

Girls: Vandana Murali bt Denise Harijanto (Ina) 1-6, 6-3, 6-4; Madura Ranganathan bt Elina Arutyunova (Uzb) 6-2, 6-4; Wen-Hsin Hsu (Tpe) bt Aya Oasa (Jpn) 6-0, 6-0; Krushmi Chheda bt Michal Bar (Isr) 6-4, 6-2; Polunina Kate (Ukr) bt Efrat Zlotikman (Isr) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4; Ankita Bhambri bt Nidhi Shah 6-2, 6-3; Yana Nemerovski (Isr) bt Shefat Nusrat Baishakhi (Ban) 6-2, 6-4; Klaudyna Kasztelaniec (Pol) bt Parul Goswami 7-5, 6-4; Jung Yoon Shin bt Vindya Dayananda (Sri) 7-5, 6-1; Sanaa Bhambri bt Eleonara Sitdjimeleva (Uzb) 6-0, 6-2; Anastasia Zhukova (Rus) bt Thassha Vittayaviroj (Tha) 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2; Iryna Tsymbal (Ukr) bt Ettie Gans (Isr) 5-7, 6-1, 6-0; Marutha Devi bt Pooja Kommireddi 3-6, 6-3, 6-2; Jennifer Debodt (Bel) bt Shivika Burman 6-1, 6-1.

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