Bhupathi-Bopanna move up
3 November 2012
PARIS, 3 NOV: The Indian pair of Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna booked the last berth at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London after advancing to the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Masters here.
In a winner-take-all quarter-final clash on Friday fifth seeds Bhupathi and Bopanna defeated the Polish Power pair of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 6-7(5), 6-3, 10-4.
They will now be up against the Australian-Britih combination of Paul Hanley and Jonathan Marray.
Bhupathi and Bopanna will make their team debut at the season finale.
The 38-year-old Bhupathi is a four-time runner-up at the event, losing in the final in 2010 (w/Max Mirnyi) and 1997, '99 and 2000 with Leander Paes. Bopanna, 32, made his debut at the year-end championships last year, partnering Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi. The Indian pairing joined forces this season and have compiled a 29-20 match record. They won their first title at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and were runners-up at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments in Cincinnati and Shanghai. Seventh seeds Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer, who have also qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, reached the semi-finals in Paris with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over second seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor.
Amritraj lifts ITF title
Former Davis Cupper Prakash Amritraj outplayed Saketh Myneni in staright sets to lift the Men's singles title at the USD 15,000 Solaris ITF Future Tennis Championships here today.
The 27-year-old Amritraj, son of Vijay Amritraj and playing his fourth tournament on his comeback trail, scored a 6-4, 6-2 win in just one hour and 10 minutes over the fourth seeded and 374th ranked Myneni at the Koregaon Park. The match turned out to be error-prone for Myneni who looked uncomfortable with a right arm injury through out the match. Myneni, known for his serves, fared poorly and was broken in the fifth game of the first set. Amritraj, who has been playing maturely this week, served out the fisrt set in the 10th game and in the second set, Amritraj broke in the 3rd and the 5th games with Myneni playing some loose tennis to wrap up the match and his second title in four weeks. My mind is refreshed and I'm blessed that I can play everyday, I felt good and had a good day and hope that I can play some good tennis. Saketh was the scariest opponent this week but I'm thrilled with a win at Pune where I'm playing for the first time,” said Amritraj. Saketh got Rs 69822 and 15 ATP points for being the runner-up while Prakash got the winners cheque of Rs 100854 and 27 points.
In another development, Kolkata's ITF White Badge official Mr Joy Mukherjee has been invited by Bangladesh Tennis Federation to officiate as "Tournament Referee" in the two ITF Juniors World ranking Tennis Events to be held at Rajshahi and Dhaka in the weeks of 12th November,2012 and 19th November,2012 respectively.For Mukherjee who was the chief Referee of the 2011 Jharkhand National Games,this will be his first assignment outside the country. agencies