Garvit Batra displayed his big game and sound temperament to get past the talented B.R. Nikshep 6-3, 6-4 in the boys’ under-16 pre-quarterfinals of the Fenesta National sub-junior tennis championship on Wednesday.
The way Garvit stepped up his game was impressive, as he recovered from an early break of serve in both sets, to beat Nikshep who was stroking well on both flanks.
Garvit had to tackle a tricky shoulder injury, but it was just a temporary setback for a few weeks for the strong lad with a big serve. He needs to come up with a strong showing in the quarterfinals against the fourth-seeded Fatehdeep Singh.
The setback in the under-16 competition helped Nikshep focus better in the under-14 section, where he is the top seed.
In the girls’ under-16 category, second-seeded Pranjala Yadlapalli warded off a spirited challenge from the diminutive Mihika Yadav with silky smooth strokes that were timed to perfection.
The 13-year-old Andhra girl, who had won the under-18 title last week, will meet Nayanika Reddy in the quarterfinals.
The results (pre-quarterfinals): Under-16: Boys: P.V. Gnana Bhaskar bt Raghav Jaisinghani 6-1, 6-3; Sai Nikhil bt Dalwinder Singh 2-6, 6-4, 6-1; Fatehdeep Singh bt Paramveer Singh Bajwal 6-4, 7-5.
Garvit Batra bt B.R. Nikshep 6-4, 6-3; Udayan Bhakar bt Alex Solanki 3-6, 6-3, 6-3; Shashank Nautiyal bt Vasudev Vijayaraman 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(0); S.D. Prajwal Dev bt Aryan Goveas 6-0, 6-0; B. Vishu Prasad bt Vikrant Dahiya 6-2, 6-1.
Girls: Snehadevi Reddy bt Sai Avantika 6-0, 6-1; Himani Mor bt A. Shameema 1-6, 7-5, 6-0; Akshara Iska bt Thanushree Palani 6-3, 5-7, 6-1; Devanshi Bhimjiyani bt B. Moulika Ram 6-3, 4-6, 7-5; Vanshika Sawhney bt Shambhavi Dixit 6-2, 6-2; Ramya Natarajan bt Snehal Mane 6-3, 6-4; Nayanika Devi Reddy bt Pasula Rashmitha Reddy 6-0, 6-2; Pranjala Yadlapalli bt Mihika Yadav 6-3, 6-4.
U-14: Boys: B.R. Nikshep bt Mingkhi Talom 6-0, 6-1; Udayan Bhakar bt Raghav Jaisinghani 7-6(5), 6-3; Paramveer Singh Bajwa bt Nihit Rawal 6-3, 6-0; P.V. Gnana Bhaskar bt Anurag Nenwani 6-3, 6-4; Sanil Jagtiani bt Faisal Qamar 7-6(6), 7-6(0); Amarnath Arora bt Aryan Goveas 7-5, 7-5; Alex Solanki bt Divyansh Khatri 6-1, 6-4; Nitin Kumar Sinha bt Yash Yadav 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(2).
Girls: Sruta Kirti Gunuganti bt Madhumitha Meenakshi 6-1, 6-3; Zeel Desai w/o A. Shameema; Mihika Yadav bt Lathika Premkumar 6-0, 6-4; R. Abinikka bt Jennifer Luikham 6-2, 4-6, 6-4; Snehal Mane bt Thanushree Palani 7-6(3), 3-1, retd.; Vanshika Sawhney bt S. Mansi Reddy 6-4, 6-2; Sachi Belwal bt Aastha Baba Saheb Dargude 6-1, 6-2; Himani Mor bt G.S. Vasavi 6-1, 6-2.
Keywords: Fenesta National sub-junior tennis