Shock upset for Woodbridge-Bhupathi

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

The last Indian challenge at the Tata Open ended when Mahesh Bhupathi pairing up with Todd Woodbridge of Australia with hundred titles between them failed to li

Shock upset for Woodbridge-Bhupathi

Chennai:

The last Indian challenge at the Tata Open ended when Mahesh Bhupathi pairing up with Todd Woodbridge of Australia with hundred titles between them failed to live up to their billing of the top seeds.In the doubles semifinals, the fourth-seeded Czech pair of Frantisek Cermak and Leos Friedl shocked the Woodbridge-Bhupathi combine 6-2, 6-2.In the final, Cermak and Friedl will take on Julian Knowle of Australia and Michael Kohlmann of Germany, who posted a 6-4, 7-5 triumph over another Czech pair, Tomas Cibulec and Ota Fukarek.Woodbridge, with 74 doubles titles to his credit, is chasing the American John McEnroe's world record of 77 doubles titles. This tournament was a one-off partnership between Woodbridge and Bhupathi, who are committed to other partners this year.Kucera, Srichaphan in finalsSlovakia's Karol Kucera extended a run of upsets Saturday as he downed Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina 6-3, 7-5 to storm into the final of the Tata Open tennis tournament, making his first appearance in the title round of an ATP Tour after three years.Kucera now faces second-seeded Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand, who trounced Frenchman Jean-Rene Lisnard 6-2, 6-1 in 50 minutes, the quickest victory of the tournament.A former top-10 player, Kucera built on a victory Friday over defending champion and top seed Guillermo Canas as he overcame Chela in their first-ever encounter.Kucera, 28, moved into his first final Sunday since winning the last of his five titles at Basel in October 1999.This will be the second consecutive finals appearance here for Srichaphan, 23, who last year launched his remarkable rise in the ATP rankings by making the title round in the Tata Open.Lisnard, 132nd in the ATP's 2002 rankings, was no match for the 16th-ranked Srichaphan, who said he was determined to bag the title. a€œI'm thrilled to be in the final again, but my eyes are focused on the title,a€ Paradorn said after making the final. a€œI'm happy with the way my game's shaping. Everything seems to be working so far. This title will mean a lot to me since it was this event that brought me to the fore. But Karol can't be taken for granted. He's playing very well and is a big threat. He doesn't seem to be caring too much about the seeding orranking of his opponents,a€ he said.The 23rd-ranked Chela, 23, had not dropped a set going into the semifinal against Kucera, who was a semifinalist in this event last year but was ranked 84th in the final standings for 2002.Plagued by wrist and knee injuries over the past two years, Kucera said he hoped to return to the heady days of 1998, when he was ranked sixth in the world. (AP)



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