Paes-Siemerink duo sneaks into title-round
Plethora of goals on opening day
Easy victory for Little Too Much

 
 
PAES-SIEMERINK DUO SNEAKS INTO TITLE-ROUND 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, May 7 
There’s no stopping Leander Paes and Jan Siemerink. The duo notched up its seventh consecutive win to romp into the final of the $325,000 US Men’s Claycourt championship in Orlando.

According to information received here, the unseeded Indo-Dutch pair squeezed out a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 win over South Africans Brent Haygarth and Jeff Coetzee in the semi-final yesterday. Paes and Siemerink’s opponents in the title-round will be second seeds Justin Gimelstob (US) and Sebastien Lareau (Canada).

Paes had an injury scare early in the first set. Hit at the net by a powerful return from Haygarth, the Indian ace slumped to the ground and lay on court writhing in pain for a full minute. Paes required the attention of the medical trainer before being back on his feet.

But he showed no after-effects of the injury as he and Siemerink fought their way out of trouble. After the South Africans captured Siemerink’s serve to take the first set, Paes inspired a turnaround with some typically aggressive tennis.

This is the third time Paes and Siemerink are in the final. They won last week at the Bermuda Challenger, while in the summer of 1999 their title-round match at the Tour meet in s’Hertogenbosch was washed out.

   


 
 
PLETHORA OF GOALS ON OPENING DAY 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, May 7: 
A number of big victories marked the opening day of The Telegraph Merchants Cup soccer meet at CC&FC today. Taj Bengal whipped HTA 8-0, Madhya Bharat Papers walloped The Assam Co. 7-0 and Allied Domeq beat Arena Multimedia 6-0.

Gupta Memorial TT

Narkeldanga Sadharan Samity has entered both finals in the Gupta Memorial table tennis championship being played in Khudiram Anushilan Kendra.

In the senior division, they will meet Belgharia AC while Eastern Railway Sports Association will be their opponents in the junior section tomorrow.    


 
 
EASY VICTORY FOR LITTLE TOO MUCH 
 
 
BY TITAN BOY
 
OOTACAMUND, May 7: 
The Robert Foley-trained six-year-old Little Too Much had a comfortable measure of his three rivals in the 1,800m Gudalore Plate at the Ootacamund (Udhagamandalam) races held on Sunday. A. Imran Khan partnered the Sir Bruce out of Mother’s Delight gelding to victory.

RESULTS (With inter-state dividends)

1. Gudalore Plate 1,800m: (3-1-2) Little Too Much (A. Imran K.) 1; Premier League 2; Aragrove 3. Won by: 2-1/2; 5; (2-5.6). Tote: Win Rs 12; Place: 10; 20; Quinella: 23; Tanala: 50. Fav: Little Too Much (3).

2. Podanur Plate 2,000m: (5-2-1) Double Bull (J. Abraham) 1; Fairy Prince 2; Beau Bruno 3. Won by: 2-1/2; 4; (2-19.8). Tote: Win Rs 12; Place: 12; 26; Quinella: 32; Tanala: 55. Fav: Double Bull (5).

3. Glenmorgan Plate 1,200m: (1-12-10) Valuable Boy (Hesnain) 1; Transom 2; Swing Till Dawn 3. Won by: 1-1/4; Dist; (1-20). Tote: Win Rs 98; Place; 18; 12; 71; Quinella: 98; Tanala: 8,356. Fav: Casino Ace (13).

4. Green Fields Plate 1,400m: (10-16-1) Sadaf (G. Ross) 1; Romantic Love 2; Calypso Reef 3. Won by: 2-1/4; 2-1/2; (1-33.1). Tote: Win Rs 4,857; Place: 450; 21; 12; Quinella: 3,077; Tanala: 38,500 (C.o). Fav: Calypso Reef (1).

5. Dolphine’s Nose Plate 1,800m: (1-7-4) Knight Vale (G. Ross) 1; Trojan Hero 2; Yellow Submarine 3. Won by: 1/2; 6; (2-8.3). Tote: Win Rs 20; Place: 10; 60; 40; Quinella: 444; Tanala: 5,862. Fav: Knight Vale (1).

6. Kodanad Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (3-14-11) Slewdonza (M. Raji) 1; Make A Million 2; Bold Action 3. Won by: SH; 3-1/2; (1-19). Tote: Win Rs 17; Place: 14; 84; 284; Quinella: 634; Tanala: 12,960. Fav: Slewdonza (3).

7. Kodanad Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (9-2-14) Swiss Coast (C. Deepak) 1; Forest Light 2; Italian Prince 3. Not run: Cristallino (12). Won by: 6; SH; (1-21.5). Tote: Win Rs 17; Place: 10; 50; 68; Quinella: 445; Tanala: 15,810. Fav: Blue Mountain King (8).

Jackpot: Rs 38,860 (Carried over to May 14).

Treble: (i) Rs 12,275; (ii) Rs 1,034.    

 

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