SPORT

Somdev loses doubles semifinals

NEW DELHI OCT. 26. Somdev Dev Varman in partnership with Koji Motomura of Japan lost 6-4, 3-6, 2-6 to the eventual champions, the second-seeded Sanchat Ratiwatana and Sonchat Ratiwatana of Thailand in the doubles semifinals of the $10,000 ITF Futures tennis tournament in Colombo.

The other Indo-Japanese pair of Ajay Ramaswami and Norikazu Sugiyama, had lost 5-7, 3-6 to the Indonesian pair of Hendri-Susilo Pramono and Febi Widhiyanto in the quarterfinals.

The results:

Qualifying event (third round): Tai-Wei Liu (Tpe) bt Kamala Kannan 7-5, 6-2; Roman Kutac (Cze) bt Jaco Matthew 6-1, 6-1; Matthew Smith (GBR) bt Shivang Mishra 6-1, 7-5.

Second round: Kamala Kannan bt Putporn Chantawanoop (Tha) 6-3, 6-2; Punna Vishal bt Steven Seywald (Aut) 6-0, 6-0; Jaco Matthew bt Manchit Madan 6-2, 6-1; Matthew Smith bt Rishi Behl 6-3, 7-5; Shivang Mishra bt Ashutosh Singh 7-5, 7-6 (7-5); Hendri-Susilo Pramono (Ina) bt Amod Wakalkar 6-2, 6-0.

First round:: Putporn Chabntawanoop (Tha) bt Kiran Kumar Nelluri 6-0, 6-0; Kamala Kannan bt Ajay Selvaran 6-2, 6-1; Steven Seywald (Aut) bt Gurmehar Singh 7-5, 6-1; Manchit Madan bt Anthony Law 6-2, 6-1; Palanupap Puranawit (Tha) bt Sri Harsha Midathala 6-0, 6-0; Rishi Behl bt Mohammed Yasser Arafat 6-4, 7-6 (7-5); Shivang Mishra bt Virali Murugesan Ranjeet 2-6, 7-5, 6-3; Ashutosh Singh bt Sashivarnan Sabanathan (Sri) 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-1); Amod Wakalkar bt Saurav Sukul 7-6 (7-4), 7-5; Miles Kasiri (GBR) bt Aditya Madkekar 6-1, 6-3.

Vanadana and Madura lose doubles semifinals: Vandana Murali and Madura Ranganathan lost 3-6, 1-6 to the top-seeded Jessica Engels of Australia and Marina Erakovic of New Zealand in the doubles semifinals of the ITF grade `II' junior tennis tournament in Bangkok.

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