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Baburaj, Moulika Ram in semis of tennis championship

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Kolkata: Unseeded Nithya Raj Baburaj of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh’s B. Moulika Ram entered the semi-finals of women’s singles competition of the 2015 Central Excise Open Grass Court Tennis Championship here Thursday.

Baburaj beat Asha Nandakumar of Karnataka 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-4 in a quarter-final and will face eighth seed Preethi Ujjini Friday.

Ujjini defeated fourth seed Thanushree Vale 6-2, 6-2.


Moulika Ram also advanced to the last four stage, beating third seed Manya Nagpal of Delhi 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 at the grass courts of the Central Excise Athletic Club.

In the men’s singles quarter-finals, top seed Shaik Abdullah defeated Mizoram’s Basil Khuma 7-5, 6-3 while second seed Vijay Kannan defeated Abhinav Sanjeev of Tamil Nadu 6-1, 7-5.

Today’s match scores (West Bengal, if not specified);

Men’s singles (quarter-finals)

Shaik Abdullah (AP)(1) bt Basil Khuma (MZ) 7-5, 6-3

Ansu Bhuyan (OR) bt Rasheim Samuel (KA)(4) 5-7, 6-2, 6-2

Anvit Bendre (MH)(6) bt B Sai Saran Reddy (AP)(3) 6-2, 6-1

Vijay Kannan (TN)(2) bt Abhinav Sanjeev (TN) 6-1, 7-5

Women’s open singles (quarter-final)

Amrita Mukherjee (1) bt Akshara Iska (AP)(6) 7-5, 7-5

Moulika Ram (AP) bt Manya Nagpal (DL)(3) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4

Preethi Ujjini (KA)(8) bt Thanushree Vale (TN)(4) 6-2, 6-2

Nithya Raj Baburaj (TN) bt Asha Nandakumar (KA) 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-4