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India dominates 2nd day of tennis at Comm Games

India dominates 2nd day of tennis at Comm Games

Former No. 1-ranked doubles pair Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi combined to beat Sri Lanka's Dineshkanthan Thangarajah and Amresh Jayawickreme 6-3, 6-3 as India's tennis players continued their dominance on day two of the Commonwealth Games competition.
In other matches, Somdev Devvarman defeated Devin Mullings of Bahamas 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of men's singles, while the women's pair of Nirupama Sanjeev and Poojashree Venkatesha beat Irufa Mahir and Maleela Solih of Maldives 6-0, 6-1.
With Tuesday's victories, India has won seven of its eight matches so far.
The most anticipated match of the day was the men's doubles with the Indians outright favorites. Paes and Bhupathi, estranged friends who come together only while representing India, were greeted with thunderous cheers by some 1,000 spectators in the 5,600 seat R.K. Khanna stadium.
Although the scoreline suggested an easy victory, the Sri Lankans made the Indians struggle, especially in the second set when their serve was broken only in the seventh game.
Bhupathi and Paes had last teamed up for the Davis Cup match on Sept. 19 when they beat Brazil's Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares in India's 3-2 win.
Still Bhupathi appeared stiff on Tuesday, and appeared to struggle with his serve.
Paes was brilliant with his interceptions and his trademark backhand defensive flick.


Updated : 2021-10-19 12:42 GMT+08:00