Sipaeya to take on Mahadevan in singles final

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:27 IST

Sunil Kumar Sipaeya continued his dream run to outplay Vishal Uppal in straight sets in the Senior National Grasscourt Tennis Championship.

Sipaeya to take on Mahadevan in singles final

Kolkata:

Sunil Kumar Sipaeya continued his dream run to outplay Vishal Uppal in straight sets and set up a men's singles title clash with Manoj Mahadevan. Mahadevan upset second seed Nitin Kirtane in the senior National Grasscourt Tennis Championship today. The 18-year-old Sipaeya took one hour 40 minutes to put it across Delhi's Uppal 7-6 (7/1), 6-4 while sixth seed Mahadevan got the better of Kirtane 7-6 (7/1), 3-6, 6-3 in semi-final outings at the Kolkata South Club lawns. In the ladies' singles semi-final, top seed Maharashtra's Radhika Tulpule prevailed over Sheetal Goutham of Karnataka 6-4, 7-5 in straight sets to book a date with her statemate, third seed Sai Jayalakshmi in the final. Jayalakshmi upstaged second seed Sonal Phadke of the same state 6-2, 6-4 in a one-sided 70-minute encounter. Having accounted for top seed Rohan Bopanna and seventh seed Kamala Kannan on his way to the pre-summit round, Sipayea kept his cool at crucial moments against last year's runners up Uppal to make his maiden entry into the final. Sipaeya, who caused a sensation by winning the national Hardcourt title in 1999 as a 16-year-old, initially looked patchy on his serves but then raised his showing by several notches to run away with the tie-break in the opening set before breaking his opponent in the ninth game of the second set to emerge victorious. Mahadevan fought a 150-minute duel with Maharashtra's Kirtane, who came back strongly in the second set after losing the opener but then looked a bundle of nerves in the decider as he made a series of unforced errors to give away the match. (PTI)

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