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Yuki Bhambri takes out top seed

NEW DELHI, APRIL 7. Yuki Bhambri knocked out top-seeded Pattrayu Chumpetch of Thailand, defeating him 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the ITF Asian under-14 tennis championship second leg at the DLTA Complex here on Thursday.

The 12-year-old Indian lad showed remarkable maturity in his all-round game as he tamed the champion of the first leg with unbelievable ease. Yuki started on a bright note as he broke Chumpetch in the second game and maintained the tempo though he was unable to convert two set points on the Thai's serve in the eighth game.

It was here that the Thai lad showed his immense talent, firing an ace to save the first set point and playing steadily thereafter to hold serve.

However, Yuki served the set out in the next game, sealing it with an ace. Yuki had in fact hit another serve that looked in but the Thai, quite a good sport overall, made an uncharacteristic wrong call; the players were left on their own without an umpire or ball boys.

Into the second set, Yuki tightened the noose by breaking Chumpetch in the third game, but he lost focus briefly and dropped serve at love in the fourth game, with a double-fault on breakpoint.

But after that, Yuki regained his touch and, not surprisingly, ran away with the next four games. He was quite authoritative at the finish as he served the match out with a love game.

The Thai had taken treatment for a hurting wrist, but it was a similar case in the final of the first leg on Monday when Chumpetch had battled pain for three-and-a-half hours to beat the strongly built second seed Tsung-Hua Yang of Chinese Taipei.

Yuki will now meet seventh-seeded Cheng-Peng Hsieh of Taipei who had little trouble getting past Christopher Marquis.

The results (quarterfinals): Boys: Yuki Bhambri bt Pattrayu Chumpetch (Tha) 6-3, 6-2; Cheng-Peng Hsieh (Tpe) bt Christopher Marquis 6-1, 4-1 (conceded); Abdulnour Bronou (Syr) bt Ryan Cheung (Hkg) 3-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(5); Tsung-Hua Yang (Tpe) bt Francis Alcantara (Phi) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Girls: Albina Khabibulina (Uzb) bt Satjaporn Mahajaroenkul (Tha) 6-2, 6-3; Nicha Lertpitaksinchai (Tha) bt Shweta Kumari Solanki 6-2, 6-3; Alexandra Kolesnichenko (Uzb) bt Yun Ku (Tpe) 6-3, 6-1; Noppawan Lertcheewakarn (Tha) bt Al Nabhani Fatma (Oma) 6-3, 6-1.

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