|Sunday, April 30, 2000,
Unlucky India fail to claim
Focus on mental attitude, fitness
Panel for former sportspersons
Lewis hopes to join
PSEB paddlers enter final
Joseph, Haniff lead
Indian Railways win trophy
Keane British Footballer of Year
TOKYO, April 29 (PTI) India today missed a golden chance to claim a World Group play-off berth in the Asia Oceania Group I Fed Cup tennis championship when favourites Japan edged them out through better percentage score despite being toppled by Thailand in Osaka.
India dumped minnows Hong Kong 3-0 and were delighted when fourth seeds Thailand upset top seeds Japan 2-1 to force a three-way tie.
But the Indian camps celebrations were shortlived as they finished an agonising .01 per cent behind Japan on percentage of sets won and had to be content with the achievement of finishing second in Pool A ahead of Thailand.
Indias chances of making it to the World Group play-off against China, a 5-0 topper from pool B, hinged on the doubles tie between Thailand and Japan.
After Shinobu Asagoe put Japan 1-0 ahead with a 6-1 6-0 thrashing of Napaporn Tongsalee, tenacious Tamarine Tanasugarn shocked top Japanese Ai Sugiyama 6-1 6-3.
Tanasugarn then teamed up with Benjamas Sangaran as they rallied to beat Yuka Yoshida and Nana Miyagi 5-7 6-4 7-5.
Thailand, after todays win, had a 7-4 game score and were anyway out of contention for top spot, but a straight sets win in doubles for them would have improved Indias chances to force the playing of their abandoned doubles tie against Japan.
After a rain-washed Wednesday, organisers had decided to end the rubber if any team took a 2-0 lead. The three-set loss to Thailand in doubles put Japan on 0.76 percentage of sets won against Indias 0.75.
In todays rubber, India chalked out a perfect 3-0 scoreline without dropping a set.
National hardcourt champion Sai Jayalakshmi beat Chan Lee 6-2 6-4 and top Indian Nirupama Vaidyanathan downed rival number one Tong Ka-Po 6-1 7-5 to give India an unassailable 2-0 lead. Nirupama then combined well with Manisha Malhotra to beat Chan Lee and Lam Po-Kuen 6-3 6-2.
A disappointed Indian coach Nandan Bal told PTI that India deserved to top the group, but luck did not favour them.
Japan played a sloppy game today and Sugiyama really let them down. Since Thailand were never in contention after losing the first singles, India should have got the chance, Bal said.
Had Thailand won doubles in straight sets, organisers would have been forced to stage doubles match between India and Japan where we would have beaten them easily, he said.
The way Manisha and Nirupama have played doubles during the week, I am confident we would have beaten any Japanese pair today, Bal said.
Bal said the narrow .01 per cent difference with Japan undid India. That is really where we lost out, Bal said. There was a stage when Thailand could have beaten the Japanese duo in straight sets, he rued.
Bal, however, described Indias performance as very positive. Sai, Nirupama and Manisha all played considerably well and we can expect lot more from them in future.
Meanwhile in pool B China recorded their fifth straight win blanking Taiwan 3-0 to top their group.
Li Na gave the Chinese a fine start with a fluent 6-2 6-0 win over Tai Lan-Ian and Yi Jinggian clinched the tie when she beat Janet Lee 6-4 4-6 6-4 in two and a half hours.
Taiwanese pair of Tai and Tsai Ya-Fang conceded the doubles match with the Chinese pair of Li Fang and Li Na leading 3-0 in the first set.
NEW DELHI, April 29 (PTI) Former cricket board President Inderjit Singh Bindra has claimed he was preparing a detailed document on cricket match-fixing which he would hand over to CBI, which has been asked to investigate the controversy.
I am not saying give me one month... within a weeks time, I will give them a document, not even a letter. I am producing a document for last four days, I am dictating it. I will give a booklet of 60 to 100 pages, with whatever little circumstantial evidence I have, he has told Star TVs Janata ki Adalat programme scheduled for telecast tomorrow.
Bindra, who had earlier alleged that match-fixing was rampant in the game, said he was not naming anyone involved because these people are so powerful. If they are named, they will become cautious. ... I know it is better that in a situation like this information should remain confidential till such time as somebody is raided, or somebodys locker is seized, according to a release from Independent Media Private Limited.
The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) President described players as small fish and alleged administrators were responsible for corruption in the game.
If the role of players is five per cent, role of administrators is 95 per cent. ...If administrators are strict, then match-fixing cannot take place, it is very difficult, a one in a million chance. But if you shut your eyes and ears or join in, then its very easy, he said, adding that it was necessary to remove this malignant growth by surgery.
Asked why he had not come out with the charges earlier, Bindra said he had raised the issue in every BCCI meeting. When I felt the board was stone-walling the issue and sweeping all allegations under the carpet, I decided to go public, he said.
I was quiet for four years thinking this would damage cricket. Today I am talking because if I remain quiet, cricket will be destroyed, he told the programme.
Bindra dismissed the International Cricket Council (ICC) President, Jagmohan Dalmiya comment on his (Bindras) allegations that the former BCCI President was insane.
Is Ali Bacher (UCB President) insane, is Steve Waugh insane? this is no reply. Let them reply to fundamental issues, he said.
Asked to comment on his allegation that an India-New Zealand tie at Sharjah in 1998 might have been fixed, Bindra claimed BCCI Joint Secretary Jyoti Bajpai had told him, Dalmiya and other senior board members that in Sharjah players were being loaded with gifts.
One player got a
500 SCL Mercedes car and he said, his well-wishers gave
this to him. On inquiry, Bajpai found they were not
well-wishers of Indian team, but were big supporters of
Pakistan team. I leave it to the people to judge why
well-wishers of Pakistan would gift a car to an Indian
player, he said.
NEW DELHI, April 29 The Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa today called upon the young cricket players to salvage the image of the game of gentlemen, which had been tarnished by the recent match-fixing and betting controversy.
It is sad that the incidents of match-fixing have led the country down in the eyes of other cricket-playing nations, and we should fight collectively against such ill practices in the game, and promote young talent, said Mr Dhindsa, while distributing prizes at the eighth Pal Singh Memorial Cricket Tournament at the Khalsa College ground here today.
The minister hoped the CBI enquiry ordered by the government will unearth the alleged malpractices in the game, and restore it to its old gentlemans image.
Hosts Khalsa College won
the tournament, beating Inborn Club in the final. Harish
Arora of Khalsa College was adjudged the man of the match
of the final. The Khalsa College principal, Dr D.S.
Claire said the college has been playing an active role
in the promotion of the game in Delhi, and the successful
conduct of the Pal Singh tournament for the eighth year
in succession was an occasion to celebrate for the hosts.
Twelve teams took part in the 20-day long tournament.
India skip Asia Cup?
CHANDIGARH, April 29 Now that the Central Government has decided to conduct a thorough probe by the CBI into the whole issue of match-fixing which had sent the cricketing world into a tizzy ever since the Delhi police revealed that touring South African captain Hansie Cronje had accepted money from an Indian bookie for throwing matches of the five-match Pepsi one-day series between South Africa and India last month it is time to sit down and take stock of the situation vis-a-vis Indian cricket.
For quite some time the question of match-fixing and the larger than life role of the bookies has been a matter of speculation in the media. But till Hansie Cronje was caught by the police talking to a bookie on the issue of fixing a match, the subject was swept literally under the carpet by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as it assumed an ostrich-like stance on the vexed issue of match-fixing. But once the issue came out in the open the board had little option but to bow to the public diktat of conducting a CBI probe since after all it is the paying public, and of course the advertiser, who keep the coffers of the board overflowing. In a way it is good that the board has offered its full cooperation to the CBI in the inquiry because if the BCCI had adopted any other stance then it would have killed whatever little public sympathy the board had with the paying public. It is by adopting the stance that match-fixing was an aberration that the BCCI will be able to regenerate public interest in the game of cricket.
At the moment leading Indian cricketers, barring those who have opted to play in the English county league skipper Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble are having a well deserved rest after playing non-stop cricket for over a year and their next national duty will be during the Asia Cup to be played at Dhaka in late May. And it is this tournament which a number of Indian cricketers are dreading to play in since the allegations of match-fixing and the finger of suspicion has been pointed to quite a few leading members of the Indian squad.
A number of cricketers are of the firm view that the national squad should not play any international cricket till the whole question of match-fixing and allied charges are cleared since with such accusations flowing thick and fast it will be near impossible for the cricketers to perform as a team. The suggestion by national coach Kapil Dev, against whom also certain allegations have been made, that the national squad should abstain from international cricket has reportedly found favour with certain players. It is now for the board to decide whether the national squad should be sent to Dhaka for the Asia Cup. And while taking a decision on the issue, the BCCI must consult the players since a disjointed team cannot perform well and just in case the team fails to do well in Dhaka many will once again allege that the matches at Dhaka had been fixed. Kapils suggestion that the Indian squad must take a break from international cricket till such time the issue of match-fixing is resolved will also spur the CBI to conduct its inquiry in quick time so that the guilty, if any, can be identified.
Although the venue for this years Asia Cup was decided much earlier, it is Dhaka as a cricketing venue which has come in for some harsh criticism from certain cricket administrators. In fact while they have welcomed globalisation of the game it is the off-shore cricketing venues like Sharjah, Singapore, Toronto and Dhaka which have been severely criticised as betting and match-fixing centres by them. However, now the International Cricket Council has given one-day status to Bangladesh holding of an international tournament at Dhaka should not raise too many eyebrows.
The fact that the CBI
enquiry will cover other issues like allotment of TV
rights and the role of administrators of the game should
gladden the hearts of people like former BCCI President,
Mr Inderjit Singh Bindra, who has gone on record to state
that it is the administrators of the game who have a
finger in every crooked pie in the world of Indian
BANGALORE, April 29 (UNI) Even as the nations focus is on match fixing, the Board of Control for Cricket in Indias ambitious project to strengthen the national team with a steady supply of players will quietly trigger off here on May 1 with the launch of National Cricket Academy.
The longfelt need for the academy will be fulfilled when veteran cricketer G.R. Viswanath formally inaugurates the academy at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here.
Even as the world has been keenly watching the turn of events in match-fixing, NCA Director Hanumanth Singh has been studiously working out the details and arrangements for the academy to make it a success. He is being assisted by national junior team coach Roger Binny, who is also one of the coaches in the academy.
Hanumanth Singh, who arrived in the city a few days ago, has been busy holding meetings with former Australian wicketkeeper Rodney Marsh, who is BCCI consultant for the academy project. Meanwhile, most of the boys have reported for the training and got into business straightaway.
The academy likely to be modelled on the successful Australian cricket academy will have to begin with 44 boys, including 20 in junior category. However, the juniors in the age group of 16 to 19 will leave for home after three-week training. But the seniors, who have either played or on the fringe of breaking into the national side, will continue till August. Thereafter, they will be playing in domestic cricket matches.
Though the emphasis will be on physical fitness and improving the skills through vigorous training, the academy will also definitely touch on much talked about code of conduct of players. It will certainly be on top of the list in the wake of serious allegations of players having contacts with undesirable elements and indulging in match-fixing for a price.
The aim of the academy will be to inculcate the passion for the game, NCA chairman Raj Singh Dungarpur has said.
Hanumanth Singh, who has been in constant touch with Geoff Marsh of Australia, said that they were still to evolve guidelines on running the academy. This is not a coaching camp. It is an academy and lot of efforts go into it. It will be too premature to talk on the subject, he said when approached for an interview.
But, he said, the boys who were not found to be up to the expected level would be sent back and they would be replaced. They could also consider the boys from the junior category, if the teenagers had the talent.
Former international Hanumanth Singh had already silenced critics of the selection for the camp. This is not based on regionwise criterion. The selection has been made purely on merit and in consultation with others. However, talented boys failing to make it to the academy will be called for special sessions.
However, NCA chairman Raj Singh Dungarpur also already spelt out the tasks before the academy. The academy will focus on improving mental attitude and keeping the players fit. Now cricket was a game of athleticism and fitness, he observed, and said: The Indian side lacked this.
The NCA will be utilising the excellent sports medicine facilities available at the Sports Authority of India southern centre. According to Geoff Marsh, the facility was better than the one at the Australian Cricket Academy. The academy will study the needs on the national side and then focus more on such areas.
The boys also will undergo training under running and jumping coach of Australia Bernard Savage. The boys going out of the academy would be prepared to face the situation. They would also be taught on how to deal with media and their external behaviour.
Mr Dungarpur has
admitted that they could make mistakes being the first
experience but they were willing to set them right. Money
will not be a problem for the academy as the board is
cash rich. The board has earmarked Rs 3 crore for the
first phase of the programme
CHANDIGARH, April 29 A 13-member committee of former internationals was constituted here today to draw up a composite list of problems faced by former sportsmen and women of the state. This composite list will be handed over to the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, at a meeting to be held here on May 17 next.
This was decided at a meeting of Olympians and former internationals convened by the Punjab Chief Minister at Punjab Bhavan today to examine the role former internationals can play to promote sports and allied activity in the state. The members of the committee are Ajit Pal Singh (hockey), Pargat Singh (hockey), Kartar Singh (wrestling), Ajinder Kaur (hockey), Nirapjit Singh (volleyball), Gurdev Singh Gill (football), Jai Pal Singh (boxing), Tara Singh (weightlifting), Hardeep Singh (kabaddi), T.S. Dhillon (shooting), Sajjan Singh Cheema (basketball) and Joginder Singh Saini (athletic coach). Brig Labh Singh (athletics) will be the convener of the committee.
Welcoming the former internationals Mr Badal said Punjab had always been in the forefront in the field of sports at the national level till the recent past but now other states had gone ahead. He called for immediate steps to bring Punjab back to its former position in sports.
The Punjab Chief Minister said this was the reason why he had convened todays meeting . He wanted suggestions from the former stars to improve the standard of sports. Mr Badal directed the Punjab Sports Department to bring out a booklet containing the particulars of all outstanding sportspersons of the state. This booklet will be published within one month.
Todays meeting was attended by a galaxy of sportspersons. Heading the list was Gurbachan Singh, a 10,000-metre runner who had won a silver in the first Asian Games held in 1951. Then there was Balwant Singh, a member of the 4x400-metre relay team of the 1951 Delhi Asiad, Makhan Singh, Dr Ajmer Singh, Brig Labh Singh (all athletes), Pargat Singh, Ajit Pal Singh, Haripal Kaushik, Rupa Saini, Nirmal Saini, Col Balbir Singh (all hockey), Suman Sharma , Arjuna Award winner in basketball, Kartar Singh (wrestling) besides other players in football, weightlifting, powerlifting, kabaddi and other games. Dronacharya Award winner Joginder Singh Saini (athletics) was also present.
The Chief Minister announced a grant from his discretionary fund for the purchase of equipment for the weightlifting club functioning under the charge of Paresh Chander at Ludhiana. He also promised that the government would review all promises made to sportspersons in the past and the necessary orders in this connection would be passed.
The sportspersons present at todays meeting volunteered that they would render free service for the upliftment of sports in the state. They also said that their services should be utilised for the conduct of the 31st National Games scheduled to be held in Punjab.
A number of personal
grievances and the apathy of the state government in not
fulfilling promises regarding allotment of land, grant of
pension to sportspersons, non-recognition of performance
in the sports arena for promotion in their official
career and non-formation of the state sports policy were
brought to the notice of the Chief Minister. Kartar Singh
and Pargat Singh handed over a written representation
highlighting all the grievances.
NEW YORK, April 29 (AFP) Muhammad Ali was simply the greatest. Larry Holmes and George Foreman dominated. Riddick Bowe and Evander Holyfield had glorious moments. Mike Tyson was amazing until prison time took its toll.
In their wake comes Britains Lennox Lewis, the undisputed heavyweight champion entering tonights showdown with unbeaten American challenger Michael Grant here at Madison Square Garden, an arena echoing memories of legends.
Toiling for years as the janitor of heavyweights, Lewis waited as promoter Don King shuffled titles among his stable of fighters. It took nearly seven years for Lewis, now 34, to go from a champion to the champion.
Lewis is the first champion who needed two good fists in the ring and two good lawyers outside of it, said Lewis promoter, Panos Eliades.
He is not what people want, said Don Turner, who has trained Grant, Henry Akinwande and Holyfield to face Lewis. Theyd rather see Tyson on Holyfield. Its unjust. He wins. You dont be a two-time champion and Olympic champion without having something. He just fights differently. People dont want to accept that. Hes a typical English fighter.
Even Lewis trainer, Emanuel Steward, has become frustrated with his fighter not fulfilling the promise in fights that he shows in workouts.
I no longer can brag about this great talent if it doesnt come out in this fight, Steward said.
Im tired of saying it. I know it has never been shown.
Steward has pushed Lewis to make the risky move of dumping the sports sanctioning bodies and fighting on his reputation as the world heavyweight king, a notion not done since Alis glory days more than 30 years ago.
Lennox Lewis, with his talent, would have been a strong fighter in any era, Steward said. Even if you dont have big names to fight, if you are impressive and exciting, people will want to see you. If you start dominating that way, you can still get acclaim. But the question lingers is Lewis one for the ages or merely number one until he ages?
paddlers enter final
PATIALA, April 29 Holders Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) drubbed Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) 3-0 to reach the final of the team championships in the 27th All-India Inter-State Electricity Boards Table Tennis Tournament being played at the NIS here today.
Hosts PSEB will take on Bombay Suburban Electricity Supply (BSES) in the summit clash. In the other semifinal BSES beat Haryana Power Supply Group (HPSG) and TNEB turned out to be a topsided encounter with the hosts being too strong for their opponents. After Pankaj Sharma comfortably cruised past A.E. Mani 21-4, 21-8 in the first tie, Vikas Mahajan served strongly and placed his shots intelligently to beat P. Ramesh 21-19, 17-21, 21-19. The issue was settled when Vikram Aditya, who is having a superb tournament, sliced his way past V.S. Ragan 21-15, 21-11.
The BSES men did not have to stretch themselves much as they completely demolished the Haryana team.
Results: PSEB TNEB 3-0 (Pankaj Sharma b A.E. Mani 21-4, 21-8; Vikas Mahajan b P. Ramesh 21-19, 17-21, 21-19; Vikram Aditya b V.S. Ragan 21-15, 21-11, BSES b HPSG 3-0 (R. Sharma b Nalin Samani 21-12, 21-18; N. Limay b Vivek Lakhanpal 21-19, 21-13; S. Sarvade b R.K. Dogra 21-15, 21-11. Earlier yesterday PSEB paddlers overwhelmed Karnataka State Electricity Board 3-0 and then brushed aside the feeble challenge of the Haryana powermen who they comprehensively outclassed 3-0 in the league matches.
PSEBs star player yesterday was Vikram Aditya who, in both matches, showed a lot of skill and stamina to ward off the weak challenge put up by his rivals. Janak Raj and Vikas Mahajan were equally impressive as the hosts clinched both the league ties without having to sweat much.
The match between Uttar Pradesh and the eventual winners Bombay Suburban Electricity Supply (BSES), was tantalisingly poised at two games each. It needed a big effort from R. Sharma of BSES in the decider to disposed of Rahul Dutt 21-13, 21-16 to win the tie 3-2 for his team.
league matches): Gujarat Electricity Board (GEC)
b Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MESB), 3-0 (C.G.
Kantharia b N. Pendse 21-19, 21-19, A.M: Rathor b N.
Vasudev 14-21, 21-18, 21-17; V.S. Sharma b S.P. Jadhav
23-21, 21-13, PSEB b KSEB 3-0 (V. Mahajan b R.G.
Kurthkoti 21-4, 21-10; Janak Raj b David Peter 21-11,
21-10; Vikram Aditya b T.R. Limapathi 21-6, 21-9; PSEB b
HPSG 3-0 (Vikram Aditya b V. Lakhanpal 21-13, 21-15; V.
Mahajan b N. Somani 21-11, 21-10; Pankaj b R.K. Dogra
21-13, 21-14), TNSEB b Andhra Pradesh State Electricity
Board 3-0 (P. Ramesh b A. Surebdran 21-5, 21-8; E. Mani b
S. Ramesh 21-15, 21-17; V.S. Bagan b T. Mohammad Yusuf
21-6, 21-11), supply BSES b APSEB 3-0 (R. Sharma b A.
Surendar 21-10, 21-13; G. Sarvade b Mohammad Yusuf 21-12,
21-4, N. Limye b S. Ramesh 21-4, 21-10.
GEORGETOWN, April 29 (AFP) A 86-run third-wicket stand between Sylvester Joseph and Azeemul Haniff led a West Indies Under-23 fightback against Pakistan at Uitvlugt on the second of their four-day first-class cricket match here yesterday.
Joseph has so far topscored with 45 and Haniff was unbeaten on 38 as the Windies Under-23s reached 119 for four at the close on a rain-shortened day, replying to Pakistans first innings total of 299.
The entire period between lunch and tea was lost to rain that cut more than three hours playing time. It was enough however, for Pakistan to bowl themselves into a favourable position after they lost their last four wickets for 38 runs.
Left-arm fast bowler Pedro Collins, who has played three Tests for West Indies, captured overnight batsmen Yousuf Youhana (81) and Mushtaq Ahmed (39) to end their seventh wicket stand of 74.
Fast-medium bowler Kerry Jeremy was the Under-23s best bowler with three wickets for 46 runs from 18.1 overs. Collins, off-spin bowler Ryan Cunningham and leg-spin bowler Camilus Alexander all ended with two wickets each.
The Under-23s suffered an early setback when captain Daren Ganga, who has four Tests for West Indies, was caught behind off Mohammed Akram and were 29 for two when Runako Mortan was lbw to leg-spin bowler Mushtaq Ahmed.
LUCKNOW, April 29 (PTI) Indian Railways lifted the 50th All-Sheesh Mahal Cricket Trophy by beating Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) in the finals at the K.D. Singh Babu Stadium here today by 11 runs.
In a low scoring match, the railwaymen were all out for 136 in 37.4 overs after electing to bat with only P.S. Rawat offering some resistance to the UPCA bowlers with a patient 29 off 52 balls.
Harvinder Singh came good in the late overs with a quick-fire 19 off 13 balls. For UPCA, A.W. Zaidi was the most successful bowler claiming three wickets for 20 runs.
In reply, UPCA were bowled out for 125 in 36 overs.
Jyoti Yadav waged a lone
battle for his team playing without Mohammad Kaif
scoring 57 runs, which included five fours and a
six, as the rest of the batsmen surrendered meekly to a
spirited Railways attack.
LONDON, April 29 (AP) Manchester United captain Roy Keane has been adjudged Player of the Year by the English soccer writers, winning the award by a record margin in its 52-year history. The tough-tackling Irish international midfielder, who played a major role in Manchester Uniteds sixth title in eight seasons, collected 53 per cent of the vote which was announced today.
Runner-up was Sunderlands Kevin Phillips, whose 28 goals have earned him an England cap and a likely place in the European championship squad and Leeds Uniteds Austrian striker Harry Kewell took third place.
This is a fantastic honour. I never thought I would see the day when I would be given such an accolade, said Keane, who was forced to sit out todays visit to Watford with a hamstring injury. I am very excited personally but its also a great reflection on the whole Manchester United team.
PSEB win crown
PATIALA, April 29 (FOSR) Holders Punjab State Electricity Board won the 27th All-India Inter-State Electricity Boards Basketball Tournament which concluded at Vijaywada yesterday, according to information received here today.
In the final the Punjab powermen beat last years runners up Tamil Nadu 57-53 to emerge triumphant.
Kerala electricity board were placed third. They beat Orrisa state electricity board 55-51.
PSEB have now won the title for the eleventh time, being winners on seven successive occasions.
Yuvraj, Tara Iyar champions
AMRITSAR, April 29 (FOSR) It was a day of seeds at the national ranking lawn tennis tournament here today with all the players justifying their seedings in the singles finals.
Top seeded Yuvraj Chaudhary of Chandigarh came back from the brink of defeat to overpower second seed Vivek Shokeen of Delhi in a little less than two hours in the boys under 14 singles. Shokeen wrapped up the first set 6-1 before Yuvraj had settled . However, in the second set, Yuvraj displayed superb tennis skill and broke the rhythm of Vivek, conceding only two games in next two sets. The top seed won 1-6 6-2 6-0.
In girls under 14
singles, it was a contest of nerves between the two top
seeds Tara Iyar of Delhi and Neha Singh of Chandigarh.
Tara pocketed the first set 6-0 but Neha fought back
strongly to clinch the second set 6-2. The final set
witnessed an excitingly contest, both players holding
service until four games all. After holding her service
Tara lead 5-4 in the final set and Neha failed to stop
Tara from breaking her service to win the set by 6-4,
Tara emerging winner by 6-0 2-6 6-4.
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