Injury forces Bhambri to bow out of semis, Indian girls take silver

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Pune, Oct 17 (UNI) Yuki Bhambri's campaign in the singles ended on a rather dismal note as an injury forced him to concede his semi-final match against Finbar Tearney, while in the girl's singles, Kyra Shroff will take India's challenge in the final of the Commonwealth Games here today.

The second seeded Bhambri was struggling from the very start of the match and lost the opening set 2-6. However, after not been able to get himself in the best of shape, the Indian decided not to risk himself and retired with scores 2-6, 1-4.

In the girls' doubles, the Indian pair of Kyra Shroff and Pooja Venkatesha had to be content with a silver medal after the Australian duo of Jade Hopper and Monika Wejnert had them under control to win the match 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

The Indians were forced on to the backfoot immediately in the first set. Even though the hosts did well in the second set, they ran out of steam in the decider and settled for a silver medal.

But the Indian challenge in the girls' singles section will be spearheded by Kyra Shroff who defeated Australian Monika Wejnert 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 in just under two hours.

After two sets, the two were locked at 1-1 but Kyra realised that she wasn't in a position to make mistakes and converted three break points that came her way to seal the match and book a summit clash.

Meanwhile, Poojashree Venkatesha also faltered at a point when she was looking good to make it to the final of the girls singles.

She was handed a straight-set defeat by Heather Watson of Guernsey 2-6, 1-6.

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