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Mustafa, Vishal ousted

Written by: Staff

Chikmagalur, Karnataka, Apr 17 (UNI) Indian ace tennis players Mustafa Ghouse and Vishal Uppal were shown the doors in the USD 25,000 ATP Challenger Championship here today.

While Mustafa was given packing order by Lu Yen-Haun of Taipei 6-3, 6-2, Vishal was ousted by Danai Udomchoke of Thailand in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.

Third seed Yen-Haun did not give Ghouse time to settle and right from the beginning he went on to score taking full advantage of poor return and faults committed.

In the match that lasted 80 minutes, Yen-Haun had the upperhand right from the beginning. Though Ghouse showed signs of bouncing back by equalling the score (3-3) after conceding first three games in the first set (0-3), it did not last for long with Yen-Haun recovering and winning the set (6-3) playing superb backhand strokes.

Ghouse failed to recover in the second set and poorly gave away after Yen-Haun broke his service in the first game itself.

In the second singles, though Uppal took the lead initially, Udomchoke was not only quick enough to recover and equal the score (1-1), but also went on to take two points lead (3-1). Uppal also succeeded in taking one point (2-3) and win two more before succumbing to forehand shots by Udomchoke who won the game by a margin of two points (6-4). Udomchoke served two aces in the match.

Uppal had to blame himself for the loss as he committed six double faults.

The second set did not see any attempt by Uppal to make a come back. Though he won the first game to take lead (1-0), Udomchoke was quick enough to recover and ensure that he equalised and went on to gain points, except for one point taken by Vishal in the third game (2-3). But that was the end for Uppal as he failed to return.

Both Yen-Haun and Udomchoke entered the second round.


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