Press Esc to close
Tuesday 28 March 2017
News updated at 7:03 PM IST

Balaji seals final spot with gritty victory

Belgaum, Dec 20, 2012, DHNS:
Top seed Sriram Balaji had to sweat it out before sealing his place in the semifinals of the ITF Belgaum Open at the VTU Tennis complex here on Thursday.

Joining Balaji in the last-four stage are Portuguese giant-killer Andre Gasper Murta, who had knocked out second seed Sanam Singh on Wednesday, sixth seed Michael Shabaz of USA and Torsten Wietoska of Germany. Shabaz will face Balaji while Wietoska meets a determined teenager Murta in the semifinals on Friday.

Balaji played nearly flawless tennis to beat the Dutch player Colin Van Been 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.
Balaji broke Van Beem in the fourth game of the match to go 4-1 ahead but the Dutch broke back in the seventh game and then held his serve to level the scores 4-all. Another break in the 10th game gave Balaji the first set 6-4. It took Van Beem just one break in the 11th game to pocket the second set 7-5.

In the third set Balaji broke Van Beem in the second and fourth games to go up 4-0 before the Indian dropped his serve in the fifth game. But Balaji held on to the one break to clinch the decider 6-3.

Shabaz beat third seed Theodoros Angelinos of Gre-ece 6-4, 6-4 while Wietoska edged out seventh seed Ashwin Vijaraghavan 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. Murta took out eighth seed Jeroen Benard 7-5, 6-3.

Results: (prefix denotes seeding, Indians unless specified): Singles (quarterfinals): Andre Gasper Murta (Por) bt 8-Jeroen Benard (Ned) 7-5, 6-3; 6-Michael Shabaz (USA) bt 3-Theodoros Angelinos (Gre) 6-4, 6-4; 1-Sriram Balaji bt Colin Van Been (Ned) 6-4, 5-7, 6-3; Torsten Wietoska (Ger) bt 7-Ashwin Vijayraghavan 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

Doubles (semifinals): 1-Vijaysundar Prashanth/ Arun Prakash Rajagopalan bt Rupesh Roy/ Vivek Shokeen 6-4, 3-6, 10-6; Amrit Narasimhan (USA)/ Michael Shabaz (USA) bt 2-Sergei Krotiouk (Rus)/ Luca Margaroli (Sui) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, foreground, speaks to press in a court room in Moscow....

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, foreground, speaks to press in a court room in Moscow....

A huge fish that was found in the sea near Vijaydurg in Sindhudurg, Maharashtra on Monday....

A huge fish that was found in the sea near Vijaydurg in Sindhudurg, Maharashtra on Monday....

Jaime Yarza (3rdL), Head of Tournament FIFA and Javier Ceppi (R),Tournament Director, LOCFIFA....

Jaime Yarza (3rdL), Head of Tournament FIFA and Javier Ceppi (R),Tournament Director, LOCFIFA....

Indian players during the tea break at the 3rd day of last test match against Australia at HPCA...

Indian players during the tea break at the 3rd day of last test match against Australia at HPCA...

Guillaume Sicard, President, Nissan India Operations poses with the newly launched New Terrano...

Guillaume Sicard, President, Nissan India Operations poses with the newly launched New Terrano...

An ASHA worker holding the newborn baby girl, who was found buried-alive in a manure heap...

An ASHA worker holding the newborn baby girl, who was found buried-alive in a manure heap...

Preparations underway for the “Namami Brahmaputra” festival in Guwahati on Monday....

Preparations underway for the “Namami Brahmaputra” festival in Guwahati on Monday....

Tourists enjoying photography at Badamwari (Almond Alcove) in Srinagar on Monday. The almond trees..

Tourists enjoying photography at Badamwari (Almond Alcove) in Srinagar on Monday. The almond trees..

Nepalese army soldiers demonstrate their horse riding skills during the Ghode Jatra festival...

Nepalese army soldiers demonstrate their horse riding skills during the Ghode Jatra festival...

A group of devotees arrive to participate in the annual Urs of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer...

A group of devotees arrive to participate in the annual Urs of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523