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01-05-2010, 02:45 AM #1
Sheethal Goutham Reaches National Grasscourt Final
Fourth seed Sheethal Goutham ousted Rushmi Chakravarthi to advance into the women's final of the Vishwarupa Tubes National Grasscourt Tennis Championship on Friday. Karnataka girl Sheethal defeated top seed Rushmi by 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 in a 110-minute clash.
In the first set Goutham got broken in the very first game but went on to break back in the fourth and followed it up by breaking Rushmi in the sixth to take the set 6-3. Rushmi rebounded into the game in the next set and broke Goutham in the second and sixth to equalize. The final set went with serves and there was a solitary break by Sheethal in the eighth game.
In men's singles semi finals, qualifier Ashutosh Singh outclassed second seed N.Vijay Sundar Prashanth in 170 minutes by 5-7, 7-5, and 6-2.
The first set saw a lone break in the eleventh game when Ashutosh failed to keep his serve and Prashanth took the set 7-5. Ashutosh broke Prashanth in the eighth game but Prashanth broke back in the ninth.
Again Ashutosh broke Prashanth in the twelfth and equalized the match. Singh served 3 aces to Prashanth's one. In the third set Ashutosh pulled his game up by a few notches and broke Prashanth in the 4th and 8th games to book a berth in the finals.
The other finals P.C.Vignesh had a 6-4, 6-4 win over Vivek Shokeen in 85 minutes. In a semi-final clash Shivika Burman lost to Gujarat's Ankita Raina in 125 minutes. Shivika, however, made it into the Women's Doubles finals with her partner Treta Bhattacharyya.