Gakhov beat Saket to enter semifinals in MCC-SR Subramaniam Memorial tie

Chennai, PTI | Updated : 27 March 2015, 10:36 AM

Fifth seed Ivan Gakhov of Russia once again demonstrated fluent serving and stroke-play to get past top seeded Indian Saket Myneni in straight sets in the quarterfinals of the MCC-SR Subramaniam Memorial ITF Men’s Futures tennis tournament.

Ivan Gakhov, who beat Saket 6-3, 7-6 (1), will now take on N Sriram Balaji in the semifinal tomorrow. The other semifinal would be between V M Ranjeet and Vijay Sundar Prashanth.

Saket had played only two clay court tournaments in the last 10 years since he won the junior U-18 National Claycourt title at the same venue.

In the two doubles semi-finals, top seeds Sriram Balaji and V M Ranjeeth comfortably beat Akash Wagh and Anvit Bendre in two easy sets while the popular Sood brothers—Chandril and Lakshit—defeated fourth seeds Nikky Poonacha and P C Vignesh in straight sets.

Results: Main Draw Singles:

Virali-Murugesan Ranjeet bt Antoine-Michel Alexeev (Sui) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3; Vijay Sundar Prashanth bt M Descotte (Arg) 6-1, 6-0; N Sriram Balaji bt Yannick Thivant (Fra) 4-6, 6-4, 2-1 Ret; Ivan Gakhov (Rus) bt Saketh Myneni  6-3, 7-6(1)

Main Draw Doubles: Chandril Sood/Lakshit Sood bt Niki Kaliyanda Poonacha/Vignesh Peranamallur 6-4, 6-3; N Sriram Balaji/Virali-Murugesan Ranjeet bt Anvit Bendre/Akash Wagh 6-2, 6-4. 

First Published: Friday, March 27, 2015 10:32 AM
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