Mankad-Ashutosh in Manchester Challenger semi-final

July 18th, 2008 - 9:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Manchester, July 18 (IANS) Harsh Mankad and Ashutosh Singh breezed into the semi-finals of the LTA Manchester Trophy Challenger, outplaying Czech pair Pavel Snobel and Jan Vacek, 6-1, 6-1. The fourth seeded Indian pair didn’t encounter any resistance from the Czech opponents and they registered a comfortable win at the grass court event here Thursday.

Mankad-Ashutosh next meet second seeded British-Swede combine Joshua Goodall Michael Ryderstedt who beat British pair Christopher Hooshyar and Seb Jackson 7-5, 7-6 (3).

However, the other Indian in the fray Purav Raja and his Japanese partner Gouichi Motomura lost their quarter-final match in super tie-break to top-seeded Australian pair Adam Feeney and Robert Smeets 6-4, 2-6, 6-10.

Feeney and Smeets next meet third-seeded British combine Richard Bloomfield and Ken Skupski who beat another British pair Ian Flanagan and Jonathan Marray 6-4,6-4.

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