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Mustafa, Vishal ousted from ATP challenger

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Chikmagalur, Karnataka, Apr 17 (UNI) Mustafa Ghouse and Vishal Uppal were knocked out of the 25,000 dollar ATP Challenger Championship here today.

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

Third seed Yen-Haun did not give Ghouse time to settle and right took full advantage of the poor return and faults committed by the India.

In the match that lasted 80 minutes, Yen-Haun had the upperhand throughout and though Ghouse showed signs of bouncing back by but after conceding the first three games in the first set (0-3), the resistance 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 surrendered after Yen-Haun broke his service in the first game itself.

In the other singles match, 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 the lead. 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).

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

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