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Indian challenge ends in qualifying

December 30, 2006 20:35 IST

The Indian challenge ended in the qualifying event of the Chennai Open ATP tournament on Saturday with all the four contenders biting the dust.

Sriram Balaji Naryaswamy was the lone Indian to put up a fight, taking the first set to a tie-break before losing to Philipp Petzchner of Germany 6-7, 3-6.

The other three Indians -- Vishal Punna, Ravishankar Pathanjali and Ashutosh Singh -- were eliminated in straight sets.

Stephen Amritraj, son of former Indian Davis Cupper Anand Amritraj, lost to Michal Mortinak of Slovakia 3-6, 3-6.

Following are the results (Qualifier, 1 round): Lars Burgsmuller (Ger) bt Robin Vik (Cze) 6-4, 6-7 (3), 7-5; Santiago Giraldo (Col) bt Frederik Nielson (Den) 6-2, 6-4; Philip Petzschner (Ger) bt Sriram Balaji 7-6, 6-3; Harel Levy (Isr) bt tonias Zib 3-6, 6-0, 7-5, Konstantinis Economidis (Ger) bt Sebastian Rieschick (Ger) 6-1, 6-2; Michal Mertinak (SVK) bt Stephen Amritraj (USA) 6-3, 6-3; Woong Sun Jun (Kor) bt Pablo Andujar (Esp) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2; Marin Cilic (Cro) bt Tomas Behrend (Ger) 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-5; Dick Norman (Bel) bt Jonathan Marray (Gbr) 6-4, 6-0; Davi Dkoch (Cze) bt Lovro Zovko (Cro) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4; Leos Frieiril (Cze) bt Ashutosh Singh (Ind) 6-0, 6-2, Alexander Peya (Aut) bt Mikhail Ledovskikh (Rus) 7-6, 6-4; simone Bolelli (Ita) bt Pathanjali Ravishankar (Ind) 6-3, 6-2; Pavel Ivanov (Rus) bt Vishal Punna (Ind) 6-4, 6-4, James Auckland (Gbr) bt Joshua Goodall (Gbr) 7-6, 7-6 and Michael Berrer (Ger) bt Jean-Claude Scherrer (Sui) 7-6 (7), 6-2.

Order of play for tomorrow's final round qualifier: Robin Vik(CSE) vs Giraldo Santiago (Col); Philipp Petzschner (Ger) Vs Harel Levy (ISR); Konstantinos Economidis (Gre) Vs Michal Mertinak (Svk); Woong-sun Jun (Kor) Vs Marin Cilic (Cro); Dick Norman (Bel) Vs David Skkoch (Cze); Leos Friedl (Cze) Vs Alexander Peya (Aut); Simone Bolelli (Ita) Vs Pave Ivanov (Rus) and James Auckland (Gbr) Vs Michael Berrer (Ger).

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