Bhambri, Poojashree blazes into semis of CYG

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Pune, Oct 16 (UNI) For the first time in the event, second seed Yuki Bhambri has been tested, but the Indian proved good enoough to suppress the counteraction from his English rival Christopher Harrison to enter the semi-final of the Tennis competition at the Commonwealth Yoth Games here today.

While Bhambri defeated Harrison 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 in the boys singles, Poojashree Venkatesha also came good to outclass Lisa Whybourn of England 6-3, 6-0 to also make it to the semi-final of the the girls singles event.

Bhambri, whose serves had not been broken in the whole competition, was broken twice in the second set today, but that was it for Harrison as he could not stand against an all fired up Indian.

The Oska Mayor's Cup champion, Bhambri did not have to sweat it out much in the first set and broke the English boy once which was enough to take the first set.

Many must have thought the same script to follow in the second set as well, but Harrison hit back to break Bhambri in the first and the third game. The 13th seed Harrison won the set 7-5.

However, the loss in the second game fired up Bhambri who then blazed away with the match and broke his rival thrice to seal the battle after an hour and 35 minutes of play.

Meanwhile, Poojashree had a fairly easy quarter-final match where she played on the fitness of her English rival who was trying hard but ran out of steam.

The second seed Poojashree crushed aside Lisa in just under an hour and booked a semi-final berth.

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