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Bhambri enters finals

Guwahati, Dec. 25: Indiaís top-ranked singles tennis player Yuki Bhambri today defeated Indian Oil Corporationís (IOC) Rohan Bopanna 6-4, 7-5 to set up an all-ONGC title clash with Vishnu Vardhan in the 32nd Petroleum Sports Promotion Board inter-unit tennis championship at the All Assam Tennis Association complex here tomorrow.

In the other semi-final, nationally third-ranked Vardhan beat eighth-ranked player Ranjeet Viarli of ONGC in straight sets 6-4, 7-6 (1).

Chandrasekhar Mohanty and Anshuman Dutta of Oil India Ltd (OIL) will play the doubles final against Divij Sharan and Sunil Sipaeya of IOC tomorrow.

Mohanty and Dutta were awarded walkover victories against Bhambri and Vardhan of ONGC in the first semi-final after the latter duo opted out of the match.

In the other doubles semi-final, Sharan and Sipaeya defeated Ranjeet Viarli and Vinod Shridhar of ONGC 6-4, 6-4. In the veteransí singles final, Tejbir Singh Bhandari of IOC will meet Bhusan Akut of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL). Bhandari prevailed over Hakim Ali of OIL 6-3, 6-2 and Akut got the better of D.J. Borpujari of ONGC 6-3, 6-4.

Bhandari will also try to win the veteransí doubles title with Vivek Satyajit of IOC. The duo beat BPCL pair of Akut and K. Ravi 6-0, 6-1 in the first semi-final. In the final, they will meet D.J. Borpujari and H.M. Bhangari of ONGC who overcame OIL duo of Hakim Ali and Atanu Bhagawati 6-4, 6-2 in the other semi-final.


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