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India take unassailable 3-0 lead against South Korea

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The Rio-bound doubles duo of Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna defeated the South Korean pair of Hong Chung and Seong Chan Hong in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 as the hosts took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the Asia/Oceania Group 1 Davis Cup tie in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Earlier, Saketh Myneni and Ramkumar Ramanathan overcame tough conditions and difficult opponents to win their respective singles matches and hand India a comfortable 2-0 lead on the opening day here.


On Saturday, Paes and Bopanna gained valuable match practice before pairing up for the Rio Olympics next month. In a match that lasted an hour and 40 minutes, Bopanna's big serving was put to good use with 12 aces coming between the Indian pairing.

Despite managing to convert only four of the 20 break points chances, the Indian duo edged past the Koreans with ease. But both Paes and Bopanna will be wary of the poor conversion rate, which may affect their prospects in Rio.

On the other hand, the visitors had six break point chances but could only convert once in the third set, as incidentally all the chances came in the final set.

Leander, in the process, has equaled tennis legend Nicola Pietrangeli's record of 42 doubles wins in Davis Cup history.

The World Group playoff tie will be held in September.

INDIA leads KOREA, REP. 3-0

Venue: Chandigarh Club Limited, Chandigarh, IND (grass - outdoor)

Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) d. Hong Seong Chan (KOR) 63 26 63 6-5 ret.

Saketh Myneni (IND) d. Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR) 61 36 64 36 5-2 ret.

Rohan Bopanna/Leander Paes (IND) d. Chung Hong/Chung Yunseong (KOR) 63 64 64

Saketh Myneni (IND) v Hong Seong Chan (KOR)

Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) v Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR)