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Bhambri in girls’ final

Calcutta: Ishmatov Gafur of Uzbekistan will take on Dmytri Tolok of the Ukraine in the boys’ singles final of the Pepsodent-ONGC ITF junior tennis championship at the Dakshin Kalikata Sansad Saturday.

The girls’ singles final will be between India’s Sanaa Bhambri and Thai Thassha Vitayaviroj.

In the semis Friday, Briton Nick Cavaday fell to a stomach bug and gave a walkover to the Uzbek. Fifth seed Tolok stopped the dream run of Korean JongGuk Ho 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Third seed Bhambri upset Thai Tangphong Montinee, the top seed, 6-0, 6-3. Vitayaviroj overcame Marutha Devi of India 6-4, 6-3. Bhambri needed 65 minutes for her feat, while the unseeded Vitayaviroj took 72 minutes.

The girls’ doubles title went to Tangphong Montinee and Vitayaviroj, who beat Bhambri and Priyanka Parekh 5-7, 7-6 (75), 6-2.

In the boys’ clash, Ho did give Tolok a tough time, but finally fell to the superior courtcraft of the Ukrainian in 93 minutes.

In the first set Ho was broken in first and third games, but broke back in fourth. Ho broke Tolok again in the eighth and tenth to take the set in 35 minutes.

In the second Tolok had regained rhythm and, though he lost his serve in the seventh game, he went on to collect ten consecutive points thereafter. He served for the set in the final game and won at love.

In the third Ho was broken in the third, fifth and seventh games. Tolok lost his serve in the fourth game, but cruised to final.

Children’s chess

A total of 174 have confirmed participation for the Wipro Super Genius chess meet to be organised by Alekhine Chess Club and held at Gorky Sadan from Sunday to January 30. There are 35 girls in fray, with five states, represented by 102 schools competing.

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