Ashutosh, Ranjeet fall in semifinals

Ashutosh threw away the match from the brink of victory against sixth-seeded Japanese Kento Takeuchi 6-1 4-6, 3-6  while Ranjeet was dispatched for the third time in the three successive weeks by experienced South Korean second seed Young-Jun Kim, who won 6-2, 6-2.

There was disappointment for Ashutosh in the doubles final as well when he and partner Vishnu Vardhan lost to Britain’s Chris Eaton and India’s Rohan Gajjar 6-7 (6-8), 6-7 (3-7).       

Ashutosh lost to an out of sorts Takeuchi, who struggled to find his rhythm and made a stream of unforced errors. Ashutosh allowed the Japanese him just a game in the first set.
He continued in the same vein in the second set breaking Takeuchi early in the first game but was broken back in the fourth.

The two exchanged breaks in the following two games before the Japanese held. The Indian had a break point opportunity in the ninth game but failed to convert it and instead got broken in the tenth, netting a backhand return, to make it a set apiece. The dispirited Indian then lapsed into errors to tumble out.

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