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Injured Yuki Bhambri quits midway

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NEW DELHI: Karunuday Singh got past top-seeded Yuki Bhambri, after the latter retired midway through the second set, in the quarterfinals of the $10,000 ITF men's Futures tennis tournament at the DLTA Complex here on Thursday.

The contest between two quality players, which was expected to provide plenty of fireworks, fizzled out as Yuki, experiencing pain in both knees, could not keep pace. The former world No. 1 junior quit at 4-3 in the second set after losing the first 4-6.

Calling it quits

Yuki was unable to make quick turns and push himself hard even when the situation demanded it. He, however, showed maturity by calling it quits without any hesitation instead of aggravating the knee problem.

It was an excellent match till it lasted. In fact, Yuki was up 4-1 in the second set following breaks of serve in the first and fifth games, but had realised by then that it was injudicious to stretch any further. He won only one point in the next two games before shaking hands with Karunuday and wishing him luck.

In the first set, Karunuday led 4-2 with a break in the sixth game and served well to go ahead 5-2, saving a double breakpoint in the process. Yuki broke back in the ninth, but lacked the sting to hold serve in the next game.

Karunuday, who was also suffering from a strained leg muscle, will be up against the fourth-seeded Vijay Sundar Prashanth in the semifinals. The latter did not break into a sweat as his opponent — Russian Vitali Reshetinkov — conceded defeat after three games, citing fatigue.

Rosenholm meets Malik

The other semifinal will be between the champion of last week — Patrik Rosenholm of Sweden — and Vijayant Malik. The Swede stopped a fighting V.M. Ranjeet in two tie-breaks, bouncing back from 2-4 in the first set and 3-5 in the second with some big serves and explosive ground strokes.

Malik, the finalist in Manipal a fortnight ago, was quite solid during the rallies as he got past P.C. Vignesh in straight sets.

In the doubles semifianls, Vijay Sundar Prashanth and Arunprakash Rajagopalan showed the door to last week's champion duo of Rohan Gajjar and Divij Sharan with unexpected ease. The second seeds lost 4-6, 3-6.

The results:

Singles (quarterfinals): Karunuday Singh bt Yuki Bhambri 6-4, 3-4, retd.; Vijay Sundar Prashanth bt Vitali Reshetnikov (Rus) 3-0, retd.; Patrik Rosenholm (Swe) bt V.M. Ranjeet 7-6(4), 7-6(2); Vijayant Malik bt P.C. Vignesh 6-2, 7-5.

Doubles (semifinals): Vitali Reshetnikov (Rus) & Karunuday Singh bt Vijayant Malik & Vivek Shokeen 1-6, 6-3, 10-4; N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth & Arunprakash Rajagopalan bt Rohan Gajjar & Divij Sharan 6-4, 6-3 .

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