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ONGC, IOCL clinch PSPB tennis team titles


Rohan Bopanna (L) and Dhruthi Venugopal in action during the PSPB tennis tournament at Numaligarh, on Wednesday.
 GUWAHATI, Feb 8 - ONGC, represented by international players Vishnu Vardhan and Yuki Bhambri defeated IOCL represented by Rohan Bopanna and BR Nikshep 2-1 to clinch the menís team title in the 36th PSPB Inter Unit Tennis Tournament played at the Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) clay courts today.

In the play off match for the third position GAIL defeated Oil India Limited by an identical margin of 2-1 games.

In the womenís team event final, IOCL, represented by Nidhi Chilumula and Prathana Thombare blanked ONGC, represented by Dhruthi Venugopal and Sai Samhitha 2-0.

In the menís singles open category, Yuki Bhambri, Vishnu Vardhan , Vijay Kannan, Vinod Sridhar of ONGC, Rohan Bopanna, BR Nikshep of IOCL, Chandrashekhar Mohanty of OIL and Vijay Sundar Prashanth of GAIL cruised into the last-eight stage.

In the veteran menís team event, BPCL defeated OIL by 2-1 and moved into the final. The other semifinal match will be played between ONGC and GAIL tomorrow.

In the womenís singles open event, seeded players Dhruthi Venugopal and Sai Samhitha (ONGC), Nidhi Chilumula (IOCL) and Prathana Thombare (IOCL) reached the semifinals which will be played tomorrow.

In the menís doubles open, ONGC, OIL, HPCL, GAIL and NRL moved into the quarterfinals which will also be played tomorrow, an NRL release issued here said.

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