Indians fail to advance beyond second round in ITF Futures event

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Mumbai, Nov 19 (UNI) The Indian challenge ended here today with all its players crashing out in the second round of the 15,000 dollar ITF Futures tourney here today.

On a day when two seeds were sent packing, the biggest upset came when fifth seed M Stratling of Germany was shown the door by the Uzbek player Vaja Uzakov losing in a tough three setter at 3-6, 7-6 (0), 3-6.

The fifth seed was slow to start and Uzakov took advantage of it by pocketing the first set at 6-3. Stratling, however came back strongly to take the second set at 7-6 winning the tir-break at 0.

However, in the hot weather, Stratling showed signs of tiredness and the Uzbek cashed in on that to win the third at 6-4 to enter the quarterfinals.

The Indian sixth seed Divij Sharan was also ousted when he lost to Czech player David Sodek in another three setter. The Czech won at 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-4 to book his quarterfinal berth.

Meanhwile the top seed A Satschko of Germany had no problems in dispatching his countrymate Mario Eckardt in straight sets at 6-0, 6-4 to enter the quarters.

The other Indians to fall by the wayside were Vishnu Vardhan and R Virali-Murugesan.


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