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Rohid storms into final.

ROHID Thomas defeated Vaibhav Mohan 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the boys' under-18 singles final in the Indian Expat Open Tennis Championship at the Indian Club in Manama.

Rohid had earlier defeated Aditya B 6-0, 6-1 to book his place in the final four, while Vaibhav overcame Vikram Mohan 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.

Rohid now awaits his opponent for the division title. Among those still alive for a berth in the final is Neal Ramchander, who had beaten Siddarth Menon 6-0, 6-1 to secure a seat in the other under-18 semi-final.

Meanwhile, Neal continued his winning ways in the higher, more competitive men's singles category with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 victory over tournament chief coordinator Shyam Kannan. Also victorious was DCS Hariharan, who beat Uday Shanbag 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-0 to keep his title hopes alive.

In other matches, Cassius Pereira defeated Gerard Starr 6-3, 6-0 while Sridhar Natarajan laboured to a tough 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 win against Indian Club tennis secretary Timothy Das.

In the veteran men's singles, Pereira was again a winner as he outplayed Mark Coelho 6-3, 6-2. VV Mohan followed suit with a 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Jaideep. Rajesh Kumar was another winner. He defeated Starr 6-1, 6-2.

Meanwhile, in the veteran men's doubles, JG Nair teamed up with Jomy Augustine to beat Dr Pranil Borde and Dr Mohammed Ali 6-3, 6-2. Shanbag then paired up with T Lakshman and came away with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Pradeep Saxena and GC Reddy.

The championship, sponsored by BMMI, is set to run over two weeks. It acts as a warm-up for the 61st edition of the Open Tennis Championship, to be played next month.

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Date:Oct 8, 2009
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