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Players from Andhra Pradesh excel in tennis tournament

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Winners and runners-up posing for a photograph on the concluding day of the AITA championship in Berhampur on Thursday.— Photo: Lingaraj Panda
Winners and runners-up posing for a photograph on the concluding day of the AITA championship in Berhampur on Thursday.— Photo: Lingaraj Panda

Players from Andhra Pradesh ruled in the All India Tennis Association (AITA) Talent Series 2011 tournament for ‘under 16 years' boys and girls that concluded in the city on Thursday.

In the girls' singles final Sai Keerhi Behara of Andhra Pradesh beat her compatriot from Andhra Likhita Landa in straight sets 6-1, 6-3 to win the championship. In the boys' singles it was again N. Bhupal Raju of Andhra Pradesh was the winner of the final match. He beat M.M.K. Ramineni of Andhra Pradesh in straight sets 6-2, 6-4. The Andhra boys also excelled in the boys' doubles section. The pair from Andhra Pradesh comprising N.Bhupal Raju and Sajid Ur Rehman won the tournament . They beat the doubles team from Odisha of Adarsh Sahoo and Abhilash Ch. Sahoo in straight sets 6-1, 6-3.

Participants of this tournament gathered up valuable points for their AITA ranking. Winner of the tournament would get 25 points, runners-up 20 points, semi-finalists are to get 15 points, quarter finalists would have 10 points, pre-quarter finalists will get eight points and the participants who all won first round got four points  for their AITA ranking.

The closing ceremony was held at Union Club tennis court.

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