Vijay-Ashutosh win doubles crown

Special Correspondent

Vijay Kanna

NEW DELHI: Pathanjali Ravishankar, playing his best in the end, stopped the run of Yuri Bezeruk of Australia, in the semifinals of the ITF Satellite tennis circuit second leg at the DLTA Complex here on Friday.

The 24-year-old Chennai left-hander, a trainee of the TTT Warrior Academy, made his maiden final at this level with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory in an exciting contest that spanned two hours and 38 minutes.

After a below par fare in the first set when he was more nervous and quite tentative, Ravishankar clawed his way back by breaking the champion of the first leg thrice in the second set.

Winner on breakpoint

Into the decider, Bezeruk played brilliantly to break Ravishankar in the ninth game. He reached a drop from the baseline to smack a winner on breakpoint then.

However, in the next game, when he was two points away from sewing up the match, the Aussie made two successive errors that proved costly.

Ravishankar held serve at love in the next game, and converted the third matchpoint on Bezeruk's serve in the subsequent game with a quality return that caught the Aussie off-guard.

In the final, the second-seeded Ravishankar will lock horns with Aqeel Khan of Pakistan who proved too good for Purav Raja. The Mumbai lad was suffering from corns and was unable to play anywhere near his best.

In the doubles final, the top-seeded Vijay Kannan and Ashutosh Singh beat the fourth seed pair of Divij Sharan and Navdeep Singh in straight sets.

The doubles winners shared $393.75 and collected 15 circuit points each. he runners-up shared $206.25 and pocketed 10 circuit points each.

The results: Singles (semifinals): Aqeel Khan bt Purav Raja 6-1, 6-4; Pathanjali Ravishankar bt Yuri Bezeruk (Aus) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Doubles (final): Vijay Kannan & Ashutosh Singh bt Divij Sharan & Navdeep Singh 7-5, 6-4.

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