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Bhambri lets Thai off hook

New Delhi: Fifth seed Sanaa Bhambri lost a match that was in her grasp to bow out of the GAIL Asian junior tennis championship at DLTA courts Tuesday.

Sanaa was up one set and 4-4 in the second but then let the advantage slip and lost to Thailandís Montinee Tangphong 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in a first round match in the womenís section.

Sanaa had recently won the Nike Junior Tennis Masters in Bangalore. But on Tuesday, Sanaa, ranked 119, lost to an opponent 65 places below her.

Another Indian, Tara Iyer, four months younger than Sanaa and ranked 145, defeated Nidhi Shah 6-1, 6-1.

In the menís section, Saurabh Kohli disposed of Malaysian Dannio Yahya 6-3, 6-2. Kohli returned to the court in the afternoon to partner Karan Rastogi for a 6-3, 7-5 win over Huai En Chang of Chinese Taipei and Kenichiro Nakahara of Japan.

Tushar Liberhan and Divij Sharan snubbed a late challenge from Ken Chao and Wei Ting Lin of Taipei 6-2, 7-6 (7-2).

Later, Sanaa and sister Ankita wiped out compatriots Vandana Murali and Madura Ranganathan 6-1, 6-4. Sania Mirza and Isha Lakhani, arch rivals in singles, joined hands to defeat Koreans Hay You-bae and Hee Sun Lyoo-suh 6-2, 6-3. (PTI)

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