MYSORE: S.M. Abdullah of Andhra Pradesh claimed his 10th successive under -12 singles title of the season, when he defeated Ansu Kumar Buyan of Orissa at 7-6 in a dramatic final in the AITA Talent Series tennis tournament for juniors conducted by R. Nagaraj's Tennis Centre at the SJCE courts here on Thursday.
Ansu played sensibly at the outset, keeping the ball consistently in and led 3-1 in the first set. But unforced errors crept into his play and Abdullah quickly seized his chance and levelled at 3-all and jumped to a 6-5 led. Ansu Kumar didn't give up, he saved a match point and tied the set at six all and took the set into a tie-breaker, which Abdullah won comfortably.
Abdullah playing steadily, broke quickly and went up at 3-1 and maintained the momentum with good shot selection to wrap up the tie and title.
The local lass Rachana R. Gowda is in line for a triple. Rachana having won the girls' under-16 doubles title partnering A.K. Padmapriya, finds herself in both the under-14 and under-16 singles final. Rachana defeated the top seed Ravina Shetty, also of Karnatakka 6-4, 6-2 and set up a title clash with the second seed Padmapriya. In the under-16 singles final, Rachana meets Ravina Shetty.
In the boys' under-14 singles final, third seed Chirag S. Igoor of Karnataka will meet the fifth seed and State-mate S. Karan. Prajwal and Shreyas claimed the under-16 doubles title with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Pranav and Kamal.
The results: Boys' under-12 singles final:S.M. Abdullah (AP) bt Ansu Kumar Buyan (Ori) 7-6 (3), 6-1. Semifinals:S.M. Abdullah (AP) bt Anirudh Puranik (Kar) 6-2, 6-0; Ansu Kumar Buyan (Ori) bt Kashyap Ashok (Kar) 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.
Boys' under-16 singles semifinals:H.J. Prajwal (Kar) bt M.D. Shreyas (Kar) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2; S. Kamal (Kar) bt V. Pranav (Kar) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Boys' under-16 doubles finals:H.J. Prajwal/M.D. Shreyas (Kar) bt S. Kamal/V. Pranav (Kar) 6-2, 6-2. Semifinals:H.J. Prajwal/M.D. Shreyas (Kar) bt P.S. Sooryaprasath/Balaji Bharath Ram (TN) 9-6; S. Kamal/V. Pranav (Kar) bt C.M. Kiran/Chirag S Igoor (Kar) 9-4.
Boys' under-14 semifinals:S. Karan (Kar) bt Ansu Kumar Buyan (Ori) 6-3, 6-4; Chirag S Igoor (Kar) bt P.S. Sooryaprasath (TN) 6-1, 7-6 (4).
Boys' under-14 doubles final:S. Karan/Dheeraj Kumar (Kar) bt Supreet Dev/Rohit Sarwate (AP) 6-4, 6-0.
Girls' under-16 singles semifinals:Rachana R. Gowda (Kar) bt A.K. Padmapriya (Kar) 7-6 (5), 6-4; Ravina Shetty (Kar) bt U.M. Shalaka (Kar) 6-2, 6-3.
Girls' under-16 doubles finals):Rachana R Gowda/A.K. Padmapriya (Kar) bt U.M. Shalaka/Ravina Shetty (Kar) 6-2, 7-5.
Girls' under-14 singles: semifinals:A.K. Padmapriya (Kar) bt N.B. Sharanya (AP) 1-0 (concd.); Rachana R. Gowda (Kar) bt Ravina Shetty (Kar) 6-4, 6-2.