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CTL 2014: Mumbai beat Punjab to finish second in group

PTI 24 Nov 2014, 21:01:10 PM IST

Mumbai: Mumbai Tennis Masters overcame Punjab Marshalls 29-20 in the inconsequential final North Zone round robin match of the Champions Tennis League at the Kalinga University Sports Complex here Monday.

Delhi Dreams had already stormed into the final of the inaugural CTL by overcoming a spirited Mumbai 27-21 in the best-of-five one-set clashes late last night.

With both Mumbai and Punjab already out of contention for a place in the November 26 final, all interest lay on the final placing in the group and the home team came out trumps to finish second with two wins and as many losses.

Punjab, who won just one tie out of four, ended up third following today's comprehensive loss to Mumbai.

Delhi ended on top in the three-team North Zone round robin league played on home and away basis with three wins and a lone loss (3 points).

In today's last league game here, Pranjala Yadlapalli, India No. 1 in under-14, put Mumbai 1-0 ahead by overcoming her senior rival Rishika Sunkara 6-5 (tie break 5-1). The Andhra Pradesh girl jumped to a 4-0 lead with some attacking play in the tie break that paid her rich dividends.

The two Indian players took the court after top women stars Alize Cornet of France (Mumbai), the world no. 20, and Spain's Gabrine Muguruza, ranked 22nd, decided to sit out of the dead rubber.

Pranjala then teamed up with Mohit Mayur Jayaprakash to increase the lead to 2-0 when the duo overcame the Punjab mixed doubles pair of Rishika and Vidit Vaghela 6-2.

However, the ever reliable Leander Paes pulled one match back in time for Punjab by winning the battle of legends against former two-time French Open champion Sergi Bruguera of Spain 6-5 via the tie-break.