Amritraj ends Bopanna's run in Newport

Updated: 16 July 2008 17:01 IST

Rohan Bopanna was handed a straight-set defeat by Prakash Amritraj in an all-Indian quarterfinal of the $385,000 event in Newport, United States.

Amritraj ends Bopanna's run in Newport

New Delhi:

Rohan Bopanna's dream run at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships came to an end after he was handed a straight-set defeat by Prakash Amritraj in an all-Indian quarterfinal of the $385,000 event in Newport, United States.

Qualifier Bopanna went down 4-6, 3-6 to his wildcard Davis Cup teammate to wind up a singles campaign that saw him record one of the most memorable wins of his career, a stunning straight-set triumph over top seed American Mardy Fish in the second round.

Amritraj will take on Canadian Frank Dancevi in the semifinal after the seventh seed upset fourth seed Russia's Igor Kunitsyn 7-5 6-3 in the other quarterfinal.

Prakash has become the first Indian to reach the semi-finals of an ATP Tour event in a decade. The last Indian to play the semi-finals here was Leander Paes who went on to win the title in 1998.

Bopanna and Amritraj, however, could once again face off against each other, albeit in doubles competition.

Seeded fourth, Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi advanced to the semifinals after beating South African Kevin Anderson and American James Cerretanu 7-6 (4), 3-6, 10-7.

Bopanna and Qureshi will next be up against the winners of the match between wildcards Amritraj and Luxumberg's Gilles Muller and Rik De Voest (South Africa) and Ashley Fisher (Australia).

(With inputs from other agencies)

Topics : Tennis Ivo Karlovic Prakash Amritraj Rohan Bopanna Leander Paes
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