New Delhi, Feb 20 IANS | 10 months ago

Indian duo Saketh Myneni and Sanam Singh Thursday advanced to the men's doubles semi-final of the USD 100,000 ONGC GAIL Delhi Open ATP Challenger tennis tournament with a hard-fought win over compatriot N. Sriram Balaji and his partner Ti Chen of Chinese Taipei.

The wild card entrants, who were victorious in the Kolkata leg, won 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 10-7 in a match lasting an hour and 53 minutes.

Sanam, who lost in the singles opening round, and Saketh just about edged the match in the final tie-break.

Meanwhile, India No.1 Ankita Rani beat fifth seed Noppawan Lertcheewakaran of Thailand to reach the quarterfinal of the women's event.

Ankita won 6-3, 6-1 in an hour and 12 minutes to progress at the USD 25,000 ITF tournament.

Top men's singles player Somdev Devvarman will be in action Friday, when he takes on China's Ze Zhang in the quarterfinal.

(Posted on 21-02-2014)

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