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ITF Women’s Tennis: Bhambri in second round

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Prerna-BhambriPune: As many as three seeded players had to bite the dust while Prerna Bhambri became the lone Indian singles winner of the day at the NECC-ITF women’s $25,000 event at Deccan Gymkhana on Tuesday.

Thai girls Nungnadda Wanasuk and Peangtarn Plipuech as well as Japan’s Miyabi Inoue accounted for seeds to make it to the singles second round on a bright and hot day at the Deccan Gymkhana courts.

Wanasuk comfortably outplayed fifth seed local girl Ankita Raina 6-2, 6-3. Wanasuk, with heavy groundstrokes from both flanks, broke Raina in the fifth and the seventh game of the first set. She broke the Indian thrice in the second set to win the contest in one hour and 22 minutes. Wanasuk now meets the Indian wild-card Snehadevi Reddy for a place in the quarter-finals.

Inoue came back from a one set deficit to edge out seventh seed British girl Jade Windley 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Plipuech played solid tennis to knock out eighth seed Denis Khazaniuk of Israel 6-4, 7-5 in a match that could have gone either way.

Nikshep meets Udayan in under-16 finals

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Udayan-BhakarNew Delhi: Top seed B.R. Nikshep will battle it out with giant killer Udayan Bhakar for the boys’ under-16 title of the Fenesta Open National Tennis Championship on Saturday.


For the girls’ under-16 title, it will be Ramya Natrajan against third seed Vanshika Sawhney & also with Mihika Yadav in girls under 14 finals of the Fenesta Open Tennis Championship-Juniors


Both Nikshep and Udayan had to work hard in their respective semi-final matches on Friday but the two did well to fight their way into the final. Nikshep overcame a stiff challenge against Paramveer Bajwa 6-3, 4-6,6-2, while eight seed Udayan earned his place in the summit clash with a 6-1, 7-6(2) win over fourth seeded Aryan Goveas.


In the under-14 boys’ final, Nitin Kumar Sinha set up a title clash with Yugal Bansal, while in the girls’ category, Ramya will be again in action against Mihika Yadav.

Mohit, Arjun win national men's doubles title

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Arjun-Khade-260New Delhi: Mohit Mayur Jayaprakash and Arjun Kadhe had an incredible day on Friday. Both the boys first recorded impressive wins to reach the men’s singles final and then teamed up to win the doubles final title of the Fenesta Open National Tennis Championship.


Mohit and Arjun were a game down in the first set but then turned it on from there to beat P.C. Vignesh and Fariz Mohammed 6-4, 6-4 at the R.K. Khanna Tennis Complex.


Earlier in the day, Mohit defeated former national champion Nitten Kirtane 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 to make it to the title clash, while Arjun had a relatively easy outing against Chandril Sood 6-2, 6-1.


In the women’s singles final it will be defending champion Prerna Bhambri up against top seed Shweta Rana, both of whom recorded contrasting wins in their respective semi-final matches on Friday.

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