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Amritraj, Gajjar beaten

June 06, 2003 21:19 IST

The Indian challenge in the men's singles of the $6250 MSLTA-ITF Satellite tennis tournament ended with the ouster of second seed Prakash Amritraj and unseeded Rohan Gajjar in the semi-finals on Friday.

Prima Simpatiaji Former tennis ace Vijay Amritraj's son Prakash, who holds American citizenship but represents India in International Tennis Federation tournaments, was ousted by English qualfier Daniel Kiernan 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) in an hour and 50 minutes.

Mumbai lad Gajjar, who had accounted for top seed Sunil Kumar Sipaeya in the quarter-finals, fought well in the first set but lost the second tamely as he went down to unseeded Prima Simpatiaji of Indonesia.

Simpatiaji won 7-6 (7/4), 6-1 in an hour and 40 minutes.

In the men's doubles semi-finals, Manoj Mahadevan and Rishi Sridhar of India got the better of Saurabh Kohli and  Rohan Gajjar, also of India, 6-4, 0-6, 6-4, while Daniel Kiernan of Great Britain and Ajay Ramaswamy of India beat  Hendri-Susilo Pramono and Febi Widhiyanto (Indonesia) 6-4, 6-3.

Photograph: JEWELLA C MIRANDA

 

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