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Wawrinka in quarters

Chennai: Top seed Stanislas Wawrinka scored a clinical 6-3, 6-1 win over Benjamin Becker to progress to the quarter-finals of the ATP Chennai Open, even as second seed Michael Youzhny conceded his singles match here on Wednesday.

Title favourite and world No. 8 Wawrinka needed just 54 minutes to brush aside the challenge of 79th ranked German rival, in the rain-hit second-round match.

Youzhny conceded his match against Israeli Dudi Sela, when he was trailing 1-3 in the opening set. He was suffering from a stomach ailment. A winner here in 2008, Youzhny issued a statement later, saying it was not possible for him to continue.

“It’s a stomach problem. I actually wanted to play, but it was not possible. When you have restricted movement, it’s no use to play and lose. It started last week in Thailand, some virus, and it continued here this week too. I’m sorry for the tournament and the spectators, but its not possible for me to play,” he said.

The tournament has been hit badly by players pulling out as Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic had decided not to compete due to an injury and Italian Fabio Fognini, who was to partner Leander Paes in the doubles, also pulled out due to an injury. As a result, the Croatian pair of Marin Draganja and Mate Pavic got a walk over.

Meanwhile, French 7th seed Edouard Roger Vasselin struggled past Jiri Vasely of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4 in 68 minutes to make it to the quarter-finals. The young Indian wild card pair of Ramkumar Ramanathan and N Sriram Balaji stunned an experienced American team of Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram in straight sets. The Tamil Nadu players shocked their rivals 7-5, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals.

Purav Raja entered the doubles quarter-finals with partner Dudi Sela after a 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 win over Nicholas Monroe of the USA and Frank Moser of Germany.       (PTI)