Vastavam web: Indian men’s singles player Rahul Yadav Chittaboina and men’s doubles pair of Arjun MR and Ramchandran Shlok advanced to the semifinals of the Russian Open Grand Prix here today. The 19-year-old Rahul, who had won the Mauritius International last year, defeated England’s Wang Yuehang 13-11 11-5 11-6 a 22-minute match to set up a clash with second seed Vladimir Malkov. Fourth seeds Arjun and Shlok also notched up a come- from-behind 7-11 11-9 11-8 11-9 win over Japanese combo of Masato Takano and Yoshiki Tsukamoto.
Sixth seed Rasika Raje was knocked out of women’s singles, suffering a 2-11 4-11 7-11 loss to fourth seeded Japanese Natsuki Nidaira in a lop-sided contest. Vrushali Gummadi’s gallant fight ended with a 11-8 8-11 12-10 9-11 9-11 loss against third seed Natalia Perminova of Russia