RAMIT TANDON CONTINUES HIS GOOD RUN OF FORM
~RAMIT PROGRESSED INTO THE QUARTERFINALS OF THE PITTSBURGH OPEN AFTER DEFEATING EGYPTIAN YOUSSEF SOLIMAN~
RAHUL SINGH (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PITTSBURGH: India’s Ramit Tandon these days seems to be high on confidence as his decent winning run continued in Pittsburgh Open too after his impressive PSA event win in Seattle a week ago. Ramit’s fine form has helped him progressing into the quarterfinals of the Pittsburgh Open, a World Tour Bronze event, here on Friday.
Ramit was drawn against his fellow country-mate Vikram Malhotra in the first round where Vikram faced an injury around his ankle during the match and had to give up. Ramit had led the match by 11-5, 9-3 till then. The next round brought some stiff challenge to Ramit as he faced the seventh seed Egyptian Youssef Soliman. The pre quarterfinal game went up to five games 11-6, 10-12, 5-11, 11-4, 11-7 which was edged by Ramit in the final stages. Ramit now awaits the second seeded Nicolas Mueller of Switzerland in the quarterfinal.
Another Indian, Mahesh Mangaonkar who was also in the fray went out in the first round to Todd Harrity of USA after looking good initially. Mahesh was on game point in the first, lost it though and even though he fought back to restore parity, could not sustain the tempo and lost 11-13, 11-4, 7-11, 5-11.