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Boys’ 2nd seed shown the door

Calcutta: The boys’ second seed and the girls’ fifth seed crashed out of the Pepsodent-ONGC ITF junior tennis championship Wednesday.

At the Dakshin Kalikata Sansad courts, boys’ second seed Ivanov Dmitry of Uzbekistan lost to Korean Jong Guk-ho 3-6, 4-6 in the pre-quarter finals.

The only seed among girls to lose was fifth seed Krushmi Chheda. In the pre-quarters, she went down to Marutha Devi, also of India, 1-6, 2-6 in 62 minutes.

The only Indian left in the boys’ singles event is top seed Chatwinder Singh of Chandigarh. In Wednesday’s action Singh beat Jamie Murray of Britain 7-5, 6-4.

Ivanov was broken in the second game of the first set. He broke back in the next game and the set went with serves till, in the eighth game, Ivanov broke through again to take a 5-3 lead. Ho served out the set with an ace.

Ho broke Ivanov in the third and seventh games, recovering from the setback when Ivanov had broken back in the fourth game. Ho triple-aced the final game to storm into the quarter finals.

Krushmi was blown away by Marutha. The only time that Krushmi could hold her serve in the first set was in the second game.

She was a trifle better in the second set, breaking Marutha in the second game and retaining the serve that followed.

In another match, Sanaa Bhambri, the third seed among girls, beat Pole Kasztelaniec Klaudyna 6-2, 6-2.

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