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Vignesh puts out Gajjar

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: P.C. Vignesh stroked with usual flair and felicity to outgun the second-seeded Rohan Gajjar 6-3, 7-5 in the pre-quarterfinals of the $10,000 ITF men's Futures tennis tournament at the DLTA Complex here on Wednesday.

Hailing from the stable of coach C. V. Nagaraj in Hyderabad, who has developed a player of the calibre of Vishnu Vardhan, Vignesh had the sharp game to capitalise on the opportunity, as Gajjar was not at his best following a strained abdomen muscle.

There was a semblance of a fight in the second set, after Vignesh had captured the first with breaks in the seventh and ninth games, as Gajjar led 4-2. Vignesh broke back in the eighth game, and broke Gajjar decisively in the 12th game, by converting the third match point as the tall Mumbaikar put a backhand long.

It was a well-deserved victory for Vignesh who let out a triumphant war cry, and he will be further tested in the quarterfinals by the seventh-seeded Vijayant Malik.

The top-seeded Yuki Bhambri, recovering from painful knees, was a delight to watch as he toyed with Mohit Mayur, before he raced home for the loss of three games in just over an hour.

It was amusing to find Mayur trying to overpower Yuki, who had little difficulty in reading the game to outclass the unsuspecting opponent.

Also quite encouraging was to find Yuki sprint to the injudicious drop by Mayur and smack it for a winner, and do the drills from side to side without any discomfort.

If his knees hold well, Yuki can be a handful for any opponent, including the one lined up for the next round, Karunuday Singh, who had beaten him in their last meeting in the US.

The results: Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Yuki Bhambri bt Mohit Mayur 6-2, 6-1; Karunuday Singh bt Abhijeet Tiwari 6-4, 6-2; N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth bt Ashwin Vijayaragavan 6-1, 6-4; Vitali Reshetnikov (Rus) bt Akash Wagh 7-5, 6-4; Patrik Rosenholm (Swe) bt Kunal Anand 6-2, 6-1; V. M. Ranjeet bt Lucas Renard (Swe) 6-2, 6-3; Vijayant Malik bt V. Vignesh 6-3, 6-2; P. C. Vignesh bt Rohan Gajjar 6-3, 7-5.

Doubles (quarterfinals): Vitali Reshetnikov (Rus) and Karunuday Singh bt Tejesvi Rao and B. Vikram Reddy 6-1, 6-1; Vijayant Malik and Vivek Shokeen bt Yannick Nelord and Ajai Selvaraj 6-3, 6-7(8), 10-3; N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth and Arunprakash Rajagopalan bt Tejas Chaukulkar and Neeraj Elangovan 6-0, 6-4; Rohan Gajjar and Divij Sharan bt P. C. Vignesh and Ashwin Vijayragavan 7-6(3), 6-4 .

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