Coimbatore - Vijayant Malik lined himself up for only his second career title as he overcame top seeded N. Sriram Balaji 7-5, 6-1 to enter the final of the ITF Men’s Futures Tennis Tournament here today.
The 23-year-old Malik, the third seed, will take on second-seeded Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan who knocked out Karunuday Singh 6-3, 6-3 in the other semifinal.
Malik, ranked 482 to Balaji’s 350, had won the Futures event in Vietnam last year and played inspiring tennis to down his fancied opponent who had annexed the title in Chennai Futures last week.
Singles (semifinals): 2-Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan bt 5-Karunuday Singh 6-3, 6-3; 3-Vijayant Malik bt 1-N. Sriram Balaji 7-5, 6-1.
Doubles (final): 2-Keith Patrick Crowley (RSA)/Arun Prakash Rajagopalan bt Fariz Mohammed/Vignesh Peranamallur 6-3, 6-2.
Semifinals: Mohammed/Peranamallur bt 1-Sriram Balaji/Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan 6-2, 6-0; Crowley/Rajagopalan bt Neeraj Elangovan/Ajai Selvaraj 6-4, 7-6 (3).Published 14 Jun 2013, 19:10 IST