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Greul to meet Kedriouk

By Kamesh Srinivasan

GURGAON, NOV. 12. Sunil Kumar failed to capitalise on the openings and lost 6-7(5), 2-6 to the third-seeded Simon Greul of Germany in the semifinals of the first leg in the ITF Satellite tennis circuit at the NTA Complex here on Friday.

It was a big blow to the Indian aspirations as the second-seeded Sunil was the only Indian to have made it thus far, as Vijay Kannan had bowed out tamely to Konstantin Gruber of Austria.

In the other semifinal, Gruber's hopes were dashed as he was beaten in straight sets by the fourth-seeded Alexey Kedriouk of Kazakhstan. However, it was not before Gruber himself smashed a plastic chair on court and broke one of its legs apart from tearing a courtside umbrella to shreds with his racquet.

An assistant had tried to bring water to the players when Gruber was ready to serve at deuce at 5-5 in the second set. Every time the player tried to serve, the assistant started walking and it was no fun for Gruber who was eventually broken in that game. It was no wonder that the Austrian gave vent to his feelings by unleashing his wrath on the chair and the umbrella right in front of the referee Puneet Gupta who was witness to the whole drama, and had actually tried in vain to stop the assistant from disturbing the players.

Chair umpire Lalit Mohan Singh slapped a code violation warning for unsportsman like conduct on the player, who may eventually be fined or at least be asked to pay for the chair and umbrella.

Ghouse-Uppal duo

loses in final

In the doubles final, the Indian challenge came short as the top-seeded Mustafa Ghouse and Vishaal Uppal, the bronze medallists of the last Asian Games, lost in a second set tie-break to the third-seeded Alexei Kedriouk of Kazakhstan and Sergei Krotiouk of Russia.

The Kazakh-Russian combination had trailed 4-6, 4-4 in the unfinished semifinals against Andreas Fasching and Konstantin of Austria, but the latter conceded the match without taking the court this day, as Fasching had to go to the hospital in Delhi to treat an injury to his ear caused by a smash by Ajay Ramaswami in the doubles quarterfinals.

The results:

Singles: Semifinals: Alexey Kedriouk (Kaz) bt Konstantin Gruber (Aut) 6-1, 7-5; Simon Greul (Ger) bt Sunil Kumar 7-6 (5), 6-2. Quarterfinals: Gruber bt Vijay Kannan 6-0, 7-6(0); Kedriouk bt Tobias Koeck (Aut) 6-3, 6-1; Greul bt Stefano Ianni 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-4; Sunil Kumar bt Vishaal Uppal 6-1, 6-2.

Doubles: Final: Kedriouk (Kaz) & Sergei Krotiouk (Rus) bt Mustafa Ghouse & Vishaal Uppal 6-3, 7-6 (2). Semifinals: Ghouse & Uppal bt Stefano Ianni (Ita) & Tobias Koeck (Aut) 6-3, 6-2; Kedriouk & Krotiouk bt Andreas Fasching and Konstantin Gruber (Aut) 4-6, 4-4 (concd). Quarterfinals: Fasching & Gruber bt Ajay Ramaswami & Sunil Kumar 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(5); Kedriouk & Krotiouk bt Saurav Panja & Saurav Sukul 6-1, 6-1.

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