Sugiyama wins ITF singles title

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

Japan's Norikazu Sugiyama won the ITF Satellite men's tennis singles title after Sunil Kumar Sipaeya retired midway through the final.

Sugiyama wins ITF singles title

New Delhi: Japan's Norikazu Sugiyama won the ITF Satellite men's tennis singles title after Sunil Kumar Sipaeya retired midway through the final citing a hip injury at the DLTA Complex here today. It turned out to be an anti-climax for the sparse crowd who had hoped to see an Indian win the title for the second week in succession as Sipaeya conceded the match with the fourth seeded Sugiyama having wrapped up the first set 6-0. But it was clear in the very first game when Sipaeya struggled to return the opponent's serve that the 22-year old Chandigarh lad had not recovered enough from the muscle pull on the right side he had suffered during his semifinal yesterday. He took a medical time out when 0-3 down but that did not give any relief from the severe pain. "I could not even serve. I was feeling the pain while tossing the ball up," said Sipaeya who is yet to win a title at home after winning a $10,000 event -- his maiden triumph on the pro-circuit -- in August 2002. It was a disappointing end to former Asian junior champion's comeback this week. He had been top seeded in the first two legs after a string of commendable performance in the Future and Challenger events abroad. But second round exits both in Indore and here in the two weeks saw the 410th ranked player fail to get a seeding this week. (PTI)

Topics : Tennis
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