Karunuday triumphs

Karunuday triumphs

It was a double delight for eighth-seeded Karunuday, who also won his maiden doubles title with Russian Vitali Reshetnikov on Friday.

The 20-year-old produced a solid game, serving big and smacking powerful groundstrokes and never allowed seventh seed Malik to settle down. Malik, who had not lost a set in the tournament so far, was a tad slow in his reflexes and his five double faults, four of which came in the first set, did not help his cause either.

Karunuday, who staged a superb turnaround in the semifinals on Friday, picked up from where he left, and broke Malik early in the third game. He, however, failed to consolidate on the break when he played a sloppy sixth game, hitting a backhand long on breakpoint.

He quickly made amends in the next game. A fourth double fault from Malik brought up the break point and Karunuday with a whipping forehand return converted it. He then held his service and soon went up a set.

Karunuday carried in the same vein in the second set and broke Malik in the first and seventh games to serve out the set and the match after an hour and 17 minutes battle.
A sports management student at University Of Illinois, Karunuday said he will take a break before deciding to play in the next tournament.

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