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Bopanna in final round of qualifying

January 04, 2009 17:46 IST

Rohan Bopanna is just one win away from making the singles main draw of the US $ 450,000 ATP Chennai Open after the Indian Davis Cupper reached the final round of the qualifying event by defeating Sanam Singh in Chennai on Sunday.

Bopanna beat his compatriot 6-3, 6-4 in the second round and remains the only Indian in contention as other four players from the host nation fell to their opponents.

Bopanna has a tough match in hand as he faces Germany's second seed Michael Berrer, who ousted India's newly crowned national champion Ranjeet Virali Murugesan 6-1, 6-1 in his second round match.

Rohan Gajjar, N Sriram Balaji and Vignesh PC Sekar bowed out after losing their matches to Alex Satschko, Kyu Tae IM and Alexandre Kudryatsev respectively.

Germany's seventh seed Satschko beat Gajjar 6-2, 6-4 while wild card Balaji put up a spirited fight before losing 0-6, 7-6 (4), 2-6 to his Korean eight seed opponent.

Fifth seed Kudryatsev ousted Vignesh 6-1, 7-6 (5) in his second round match.

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