Klaasen to take on Yuki in the ITF final

May 1st, 2009 - 7:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Davis Cup New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) Top seed Raven Klaasen avenged his last week’s loss to Visnhu Vardhan and set up a title clash with Yuki Bhambri who outplayed Thai Weerapat Doakmaiklee in the $15,000 International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournament at the DLTA complex here Friday.
Klaasen, a South African Davis Cupper, who had frittered away four match points in his semi-final loss to Vardhan, had no hiccups Friday in his 6-3, 6-4 win in an hour and 22 minutes. Later, on the same court, Yuki packed off his stocky Thai opponent 6-1, 6-4, in a shade less than an hour.

However, Vardhan won the doubles title with Divij Sharan, beating Tushar Liberhan and Vishal Punna 6-1, 6-3.

Klaasen’s all-court game unsettled Vishnu who was forced into errors, unable to cope with his opponent’s clever strokeplay. All that the South African needed was a break in each set to sail through to his first final of the year.

Yuki continued his straight-set winning, serving well and hitting some big forehand winners to stamp his authority on Doakmaiklee.

The 16-year-old junior Australian Open champion banked on his serve to bail him out of the tight spots, acing the Thai nine times in the match, though he did drop one game in the second set.

Yuki cruised through the first set, breaking Doakmaiklee twice — in the second and the sixth games.

The Delhi youngster, however, lost his focus somewhat in the second set allowing the Thai to stretch him a little. Yuki saved three break points in the fourth game and three more in the sixth to drop the game. He, however, broke right back.

Out of the jail, Yuki took the next three games to win the set and the match.

Yuki said he is not unduly worried taking on Klaasen, ten years his senior.

“I know I have to play a solid game to beat Klaasen. I haven’t played him but have seen him play. I will just play my game,” Yuki said.

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