Somdev, Mankad in doubles semis of ATP Challenger event

Somdev Devvarman and Harsh Mankad reached the doubles semi-finals of the ATP Challenger event in the United States after registering contrasting victories.

updated: April 10, 2009 10:20 IST
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New Delhi:

Somdev and Phillipines' partner Treat Conard Huey, who entered the fray as qualifiers, stunned American third seeds Todd Widom and Michael Yani 6-3, 6-4 in their quarter-final encounter.

Mankad teamed up with American Scott Oudsema to overcome first set lapse and beat Lestor Cook and Shane La Porte of the US 2-6, 6-2, 10-8 in their last-eight clash.

Somdev and Huey will now fight it out against top seeded American pair of Bobby Reynolds and Rajeev Ram in the semi-finals while Mankad and Oudsema will face Benedikt Dorsch of Germany and Marinko Matosevic of Australia.

Somdev's singles campaign had ended after a second-round defeat to Lester Cook.