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Myneni, Amritraj in ITF Futures semis

November 01, 2012 20:20 IST

Saketh Myneni and Prakash Amritraj kept the Indian flag flying by reaching the men's singles semi-finals in the US $15,000 ITF men's Future Tennis tournament, in Pune, on Thursday.

Fourth seed Myneni accounted for fifth seed, National champion Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan 7-6(5), 6-2 in 86 minutes while giant-killer and comeback man Amritraj upset third seed Liang-Chi Huang of Taipei 7-6(4) 6-1 in 78 minutes in the quarter-finals.

In the day's biggest upset, Nicolas Reissig of Austria toppled second seed N Sriram Balaji 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in a well-contested match that lasted an hour and 47 minutes.

Ressig broke Balaji in the third game of the third set to nose ahead. Balaji saved four match-points in the ninth but was unable to match the Austrian in the tenth and bowed out.

Top seed Christopher Rungkat did not have to sweat much to score a 6-2, 6-1 win over last week's runners-up and seventh seeded Mate Pavic, winning in just 55 minutes.

In the semi-finals, Rungkat will take on Myneni while Ressig takes on Amritraj.

Doubles semi-finals:

Saketh Myneni/Purav Raja bt VM Ranjeeth/Vijay Sundar Prashant 6-4, 7-6(5).

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