New Delhi: India risk losing the Asia/Oceania Group I tie against Korea since the hosts conceded a 0-2 lead on opening next day of debutants V M Ranjeet and Vijayant Malik suffered contrasting defeats inside their singles matches in New Delhi on Friday.
The onus to take India back in the tie was within the 22-year-old Malik and that he fought his heart out but lacked fitness in order to meet the task as they conceded your second singles against Korean # 1 Suk-Young Jeong.
India missed its top players badly, specially Somdev Devvarman, since the slow surface required fit players like him who could wear out their rivals.
Unlike Ranjeet, Malik took the battle in the rival camp, fighting fire with fire.
There was little to separate your lives Malik and Jeong in the opening set but a few unforced errors cost the Indian dear because he dropped his serve in the fourth game to concede a mini lead which stayed with all the Korean anf the husband walked away while using the lead. Watched by country's top woman player Sania Mirza, egged on by legendary team-mate Paes, who was simply waving the tri-colour towards the beats from the Dhol, and cheered on by sparse but vocal crowd, Malik continued to fight for India's cause.
He denied Jeong leverage by saving a breakpoint inside the initial game and earned four break chances inside the fourth game but may convert none.
Malik's forehand error handed Jeong the break and immediately the Indian required a medical time-out to treat cramps.
Jeong served out of the set comfortably and knowning that Indian hopes of levelling the scores evaporated.
A break inside the very first game of third set meant that Malik made his job much harder.
Malik fought valiantly also it was all expected of him.
Earlier, V M Ranjeet a break down straight-set thrashing against Min Hyoek Cho permitting Korea grab a single-0 lead. Going through the slow nature of the surface, rrt had been clear in the first game itself that hanging in and putting more balls inside the lines was all which matter.
Ranjeet did run hard, retrieved a number of balls but Cho hardly missed a trial or point.
Neither the 'Chak De India' song, played in between games nor the Dhol beats may help lift Ranjeet's game as the Indian was down 0-3 within the opening set.
Ranjeet did try and exchange signal of plan B, playing aggressively, approaching websites but nothing worked as Cho went past him while using winners on the either side from the court.
The only real time Cho faltered was in the 4th game plus it was just time when Ranjeet got around the board.
Really the only grace for Ranjeet from the third set was that they could hold his serve, from the fourth game, but otherwise the script was identical.
Cho hit a forehand winner on set point out end Ranjeet's misery.