Harmeet Desai defeated Brazilian Thiago Monteiro 4-3 (11-6, 8-11, 11-9, 5-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9) in a tough battle Friday to grab the semi-final spot but Soumyajit Ghosh lost to another Brazilian Hugo Calderano 3-4 (7-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-7, 8-11, 8-11).
Earlier, both G. Sathiyan and Nitin Vasanth Philips had exited in the round of 16, losing to Monteiro and Cazuo Matsumoto, respectively. Ghosh had beaten hosts paddler Israel Barreto in straight games to move into the quarterfinals along with Desai who had outlasted Brazilian Humberto Manhani 4-3.
Desai had played exceptionally well to win his pre-quarterfinal and quarterfinal matches, both of which went to the wire. The Indian will now take on local challenter Gustavo Tsuboi in the semifinals.
With both Ankita and Suthirtha Mukherjee finding themselves drawn in the same half had to run into each other in the quarterfinal in which Ankita emerged the winner with a 4-2 (8-11, 12-10, 11-9, 7-11, 11-3, 11-8) verdict. Manika accounted for Jissica Yamada of Brazil 11-4, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5 without much sweat.
In the semifinals, Manika will take on Elizabeta Samara of Romania while Ankita will meet Brazilian Caroline Kumahara.
Meanwhile, Ghosh and Sathiyan have entered the under-21 Boys singles quarterfinals. Ghosh beat Nitin Philips 11-8, 13-11, 11-7, 11-5 and Sathiyan accounted for Desai 12-10, 4-11, 15-13, 4-11, 11-7, 11-7. In the semifinal, Ghosh will take on Sathiyan. In the under-21 girls' singles semifinal, it will be Suthirtha versus Manika.
The winner of the men and women's singles will get USD 4000 while the runner up will receive USD 2000. The losing semifinals will at least go with USD 500 each. As for the under-21 event, the singles winner will get USD 1500 while the runner-up USD 750. The losing semi-finalists will have to be satisfied with the prize purse of USD 375.
--IANS (Posted on 10-08-2013)