Kolkata Open: Somdev-Jeevan qualify for doubles final

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James Duckworth

Kolkata: Top seeded James Duckworth does justice to his billing as he comes back from a set down to drub Belgium’s Ruben Bemelmans at the ongoing Emami Kolkata Open 2015, been held at the hard courts of the Bengal Tennis Association complex.

Duckworth, ranked 111 in the world seemed little unorganized in the opening set as he struggled with faulty strokes evolving from footwork problems. He was broken by Bemelmans twice in the first set, once in the 3rd and again in the 5th game, thereby allowing the left handed world number 139 to grab a lead in the match by a quick 6-2 win to start with. In the second, the scenario changed drastically after the 2nd game, where the Belgian was already up with a 2-0 lead. From here, the 23 year old Duckworth bounced back to win 4 straight games to turn the scorecard to 4-2 in his favour, where he consoled his opponent with a game but again pocketed 2 straight games, to level the match by winning the set by 6-3. In the decider, Duckworth was full of confidence and mostly displayed an error free game as he comfortably broke Hope & Spirit Foundation’s Bemelmans thrice, thereby winning the match by a 2-6,6-3,6-1 in 1hr and 39mins.

The second semi final saw a repeat of the Delhi Open’s first round encounter where both Ti Chen of Chinese Taipei and Radu Albot of Maldova played against each other and the outcome was much similar. Here in Kolkata Open ATP Challenger meet too, it was Radu Albot, the 6th seed of the draw who proved to be better and stronger as the world number 164 walked away with the match by a 6-4,2-6,6-2 win in 2hr and 18mins.

In Doubles, the Indian duo of Somdev Devvarman and N Jeevan enters the final as they somehow manages to survive a scare from Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium and Ilija Bozoljac of Serbia. The India pair wins by a close 7-6(9),6-7(5),11-9. They will face the Australian duo of James Duckworth and Luke Saville, who breezed past Ti Chen and Enrique Lopez Perez, the 2nd seed by a straight 6-2,6-4.

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