Somdev Devvarman reaches Delhi ATP Challenger semifinals

Somdev Devvarman won the first set 6-2 and was leading 5-0 in the second when Ze Zhang retired due to a shoulder injury.

updated: February 21, 2014 17:55 IST
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New Delhi: Somdev Devvarman reached the singles semifinal of the ONGC-GAIL Delhi Open after Ze Zhang retired mid-way due to a shoulder injury even as Ankita Raina waged a brave fight before bowing out of the women's ITF event, here on Friday. Somdev had pocketed the first set 6-2 when Zhang's shoulder did not let him continue, sending Somdev into his third consecutive semifinal. He had also reached the semifinals of Chennai and Kolkata events.

In the women's singles quarter-finals, India's number one player Ankita Raina put up a spirited fight against third seed Yulia Beygelzimer from Ukraine as she saved three match points before losing 3-6, 5-7 in two hours and five minutes on court number one. Ankita did not lack in effort but had an experienced rival, currently ranked 180 but once world number 83, who was well attuned to play according to situation. Ankita played with lot of conviction but tried too hard and consequently made errors on crucial points.

Zhang's pulling out of the quarterfinal contest denied the fans the chance to see a good match as the Chinese, ranked 229, had a good game to counter the 96th ranked Indian.

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