Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tennis News
At French Open 2012, Paris, France

[R1] (6) Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)/ Rohan Bopanna (IND) l Marc Gicquel (FRA)/ Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 61 57 36
[R1] (7) Leander Paes (IND)/ Alexander Peya (AUT) bt Simone Bolelli (ITA)/ Fabio Fognini (ITA) 61 67(2) 63

[R2] (7) Leander Paes (IND)/ Alexander Peya (AUT) vs Mikhail Elgin (RUS)/ Denis Istomin (UZB)

Juniors
[Q1] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,150) l (5) Ioana Loredana Rosca (ROU,56) 36 67(4)

Mahesh and Rohan started well breaking French's pair serve twice to won the first set ... But from the second set they found trouble of reading Frech pair's game and French pair take crucial break in 12th game to won the second set ... French pair again take early lead breaking Indians serve in 4th game and kept that lead to scored upset win over Indian pair.

Leander and Alexander Peya started confidently and won the first set breaking Italian pair's serve twice ... But our pair lost the second set in tie-break ... Still they managed to prevail over Italian pair after winning the third set with a single break ... Much required victory for this new pairing ... Next they r facing Russian-Uzbek pair in the second round.

This also means we will miss to play 2 pairs at the Olympics as only Lee will remain inside top-10 after the French open ... So interesting to see AITA's decision about who will partner Lee, Rohan or Mahesh?

In the junior qualifying Rutuja faced top-60 Romanian girl in the first round ... It was tough match against European player on the clay but Rutuja gave decent performance taking the second set in tie-break.

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At $10K India F7 Futures, Mandya

[QF] (1) Vijayant MALIK (IND,439) bt (6) Bowen OUYANG (CHN,765) 64 75
[QF] (3) N.Sriram BALAJI (IND,542) bt Kaza Vinayak SHARMA (IND,936) 62 64
[QF] (4) Saketh MYNENI (IND,587) bt (5) Sebastien BOLTZ (FRA,702) 63 64
[QF] (2) Ranjit VIRALI-MURUGESAN (IND,484) bt (LL) Vignesh VEERABADRAN (IND,1888) 64 60

Doubles
[SF] (1) N.Sriram BALAJI (IND)/ Arun-Prakash RAJAGOPALAN (IND) bt Kunal ANAND (IND)/ Ajai SELVARAJ (IND) 62 64
[SF] (2) Saketh MYNENI (IND)/ Bowen OUYANG (CHN) bt (3) Vijayant MALIK (IND)/ Vivek SHOKEEN (IND) 63 76(3)

Happy to see that our all top 4 seeds played as per their seedings to reached in the semis in the single.