New Delhi: Bereft of its top participants, India risk of infection suffering the Asia|Oceania Group I tie against Korea as the hordes yield a 0-2 tip on spread outing twenty-four hour period after debutants V M Ranjeet and Vijayant Malik have counterpointing frustration in their of matches, here today.
It represent a forgettable entry for 27-year-old Ranjeet as he represent trounced 1-6 0-6 1-6 in an time of day and 23 minutes of arc in the beginning of of the first-round linkup at the R K Khanna Tennis sports stadium. The burden to contribute India back in the linkup represent on the 22-year-old Malik and he push his meat out but miss physical fitness to come across the challenge as he yield the 2nd of against Korean No 1 Suk-Young Jeong.
Malik represent lagging 4-6 5-7 0-3 against Jeong, rate 216 posts above him at 321st the lucifer, when cramps in his leftover peg have the fizz out of his challenge. Leander Paes, the solitary top participant in the hordes line-up, and Purav Raja leave now have on Yong-Kyu Lim and Ji Sung Nam in the must-win stunt women rubber tomorrow.
India missed its top players badly, specially Somdev Devvarman, as the slow surface required fit players like him who could wear out their rivals. Somdev, who has the amazing ability of staying in, was the ideal player on this court and his absence was felt.
However, unlike Ranjeet, Malik took the fight into the rival camp, fighting fire with fire. He refused to be dominated by the superior rival and threw everything he had in his arsenal. His fierce double-handed backhand, stinging serve and a few calculated lobs meant that Korean had to earn points. There was little to separate Malik and Jeong in the opening set but a few unforced errors cost the Indian dear as he dropped his serve in the fourth game to concede a mini lead which stayed with the Korean and he walked away with the lead.
Watched by country’s top woman player Sania Mirza, egged on by legendary team-mate Paes, who was waving the tri-colour to the beats of the Dhol, and cheered on by sparse but vocal crowd, Malik continued to fight for India’s cause. He denied Jeong leverage by saving a breakpoint in the very first game and earned four break chances in the fourth game but could convert none.
It was on serve till the 10th game but, when Jeong hit a winner past Malik to earn his second break chance of the set, he did not squander it this time. Malik’s forehand error handed Jeong the break and immediately the Indian required a medical time-out to treat cramps.
Jeong dish out out the lot comfortably and with that Amerind hopes of rising the lots evaporated. A open frame in the very beginning plot of 3rd lot signify that Malik realise his line of work much harder. It postulate amiracle of sorts for India to pull through the twenty-four hour period and it never pass.
Nevertheless, Malik push valiantly and it represent all expected of him. Earlier, V M Ranjeet have a straight-set lacing against Min Hyoek Cho to set aside Korea snaffle a 1-0 tip. starting by the tedious nature of the Earth’s surface, it represent clean from the beginning plot itself that pay heeding in and signing more lumps inside the lines of work represent all that count.
Ranjeet did run hard, retrieved a good number of balls but Cho hardly missed a shot or point. Korean captain’s decision to field 26-year-old Cho, who served his country’s Army for two years before resuminghis career, proved absolutely correct as he gave his side a flying start in the absence of home team’sstar players.
Neither the ‘Chak De India’ song, played in between the games nor the Dhol beats could help lift Ranjeet’s game as theIndian was down 0-3 in the opening set. The first set was over in 30 minutes and the Indian did not hold his serve even once. He was broken at love in the third and fifth games. Ranjeet did try to switch to plan B, playing aggressively, approaching the net but nothing worked as Cho went past him with the winners on the either side of the court.
The only time Cho faltered was in the fourth game and it was only time when Ranjeet got on the board. The second set was no different and it actually became from bad to worse to pathetic as the Chennai lad wasbageled after being broken thrice. The only saving grace for Ranjeet in the third set was that he could hold his serve, in the fourth game, but otherwise the script was the same. Cho hit a forehand winner on set point to end Ranjeet’s misery.