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Somdev-Izak in main draw of Champaign Challenger

November 12, 2008 20:34 IST

Somdev Devvarman and his South African partner Izak Van Der Merwe qualified for the doubles in the ATP Challenger series tournament in Champaign, USA.

The second-seeded pair of Somdev and Izak outplayed the top seed Indian pair of Ashutosh Singh and Harsh Mankad, winning 6-3, 6-2 in the final round of the qualifying competition.

It was sweet revenge for Somdev and his partner as they had lost to the same Indian pair in last week's Challenger at Nashville at the same stage.

Somdev and Izak will play their first match against Indo-American pair of Prakash Amritraj and Amer Delic.

In the singles event, Prakash will open his campaign against Izak, Somdev's doubles partner, who entered the main draw as a qualifier.

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