New Delhi: Top seed Parikshit Somani was tested to the hilt by Siddhant Banthia in the Boys under-16 Semi-finals in the Fenesta Open Junior National Tennis Championship on Friday. At the end of a long match in pleasant weather, Parikshit eventually forced a 0-6, 6-4, 6-3 verdict. On Saturday, Parikshit will face Nitin K Sinha in the title clash.
Nitin was comfortably placed today as he pulled the trigger on second seed Adil Kalyanpur for a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win in style. In a contest where the exchanges from the baseline made for good viewing, Nitin played the big points better for a huge win.
In the Girls Under-16 event as well there was an upset when seed three Mahak Jain paid the price for inconsistency against Sabhyata Nihalani. Sabhyata had not expected the result to be so easy as she outgunned Mahak 6-3, 6-2 and will meet Akansha Bhan in the finale. Akanksha had the measure of Prinkle Singh in straight sets as won 6-1, 6-4.
In the Under-14 sections of boys and girls, second seeds Shreya Gulia and Sacchitt Sharrma were sent packing in three-setters.
Sanya Singh was the first to enter the under-14 final as she teased Sharranya Gaware 6-3, 6-2 in the semi-finals with her smooth baseline game. Sanya faces a tricky opponent in Salsa Aher in the finals on Saturday as Salsa pulled of a good 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 win against Shreya Gulia.
The high point of Salsa' win was the ability to play without any pressure and forced errors from her inexperienced opponent.
The Under-14 Boys' semi-finals were well fought as Shashi Kant Rajput and Mann Maulik Shah came through the wringer.
The Doubles finals winners for Boys Under 16 event were seed three Sivadeep Kosaraju and Rohit Aynaampudi who beat seed four players Suresh D and Abhimanyu Vannemreddy 7-6(4),4-6, 10-8 while in the Girls Under 16 the seed two Mahak Jain and Sabhyata Nihalani showed good partnership and beat the seed one players Sathwika Sama and Shivani Ingle 6-2,6-0.
In the Doubles Boys Under 14 Shashank Teertha and Rithvik Choudhary got a Walk Over from Dev Javia and Kevin Patel to win the title while in the Girls Under 14 Anu Verma and Archita Mahalwal won the title.
Boys Under 16: Semi Finals
Nitin K Sinha(Seed 4) bt Adil Kalyanpur (Seed 2) 6-3,3-6,6-3
Parikshit Somani (Seed 1) bt Siddhant Banthia (Seed 3)0-6,6-4,6-3
Girls Under 16: Semi Finals
Akanksha Bhan bt Prinkle Singh 6-1,6-4
Sabhyata Nihalani bt Mahak Jain 6-3,6-2
Girls Under 14; Semi Finals
Sanya Singh (Seed 4) bt Sharanaya Gaware 6-3,6-2
Salsa Aher bt Shreya Gulia (Seed 2) 4-6,6-2,7-6
Boys Under 14: Semi Finals
Shashi Kant Rajput bt Shashank Teertha 5-7,7-5,6-4
Mann Maulik Shah bt Sacchit Sharrma (Seed 2) 4-6,6-0,6-0
Boys Under 16
Sivadeep Kosaraju /Rohit Anyaampudi bt Suresh D / Abhimanyu Vannemreddy 7-6(4), 4-6, 10-8
Boys Under 14
Shashank Teertha/Rithvik Choudhary W/O Dev Javia/Kevin Patel
Girls Under 16
Mahak Jain/Sabhyata Nihalani bt Sathwika Sama/Shivani Ingle 6-2, 6-0
Girls Under 14
Anu Verma/ Archita Mahalwal bt Salsa Aher/Trisha Vinod 6-2,5-7,10-6