HYDERABAD: Top ranked Vikram Reddy was the lone seed to make the boys’ semifinals of the Vijay Textiles-International Tennis Federation junior circuit tournament at the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh (SAAP) complex here on Thursday. He breezed into the last four stage with a facile 6-4, 6-3 victory over Akshay Kohli.
The girls’ singles field suffered its biggest setback when favourite V. Archana lost to Prerna Bhambri 3-6, 0-6.
On court one, Suresh Krishna outslugged Sushanth Nambiar 6-2, 6-4. The former’s serve proved to be his biggest weapon as he held his own in crunch situations. Breaks were traded but it was Krishna who invariably came out on top.
T. Nilaya raised her game a notch or two whenever the need arose against Ankita Raina. Timely winners fetched by the former’s cross-court forehands ensured she didn’t lose control, even when beset by a string of double faults.
The results: Boys: Singles (quarterfinals): Suresh Krishna bt Sushanth Nambiar 6-2, 6-4; Rishabdev R. Raman bt S. Siddarth 1-6, 6-0, 6-3; Prateek Bhambri bt Rubal Shandilya 6-2, 6-4; Vikram Reddy bt Akshay Kohli 6-4, 6-3.
Doubles (quarterfinals): Suresh Krishna / Vikram Reddy bt Rishabdev / Tirumurthy 6-4, 6-4; Gugan Varma / Nihal Kapoor bt Akshay Kohli / Priyank Gangadharn 6-4, 7-6(5).
Girls: Rishika Sunkara bt Veronika Makovey (Aus) 6-4, 6-2; T. Nilaya bt Ankita Raina 6-3, 6-4; Sonia Dayal bt Rashmi Teltumbde 7-5, 6-3; Prerna Bhambri bt V. Archana 6-3, 6-0.
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): V. Archana / Treta Bhattacharya bt Sharon Paul / Ratnika Batra 6-2, 4-6, 6-3; Prerna / Prarthana Pratap bt Rachita Sarda / Deepna Vazirani 6-1, 6-2; Inayat Khosala / Anushka Kapoor w/o Neha Purohit / Shwetha C. Rana; Ankita Raina / Rishika bt Aishwarya Agrawal / Rashmi Teltumbde 7-5, 6-3. — Special Correspondent