Special Correspondent

Mandya: C.M. Kiran's hardwork did not go in vain as he entered both the boys under-14 singles and doubles final of the AITA Talent Series at PET Courts here today.

The Mysore lad, who overcame Dheeraj Kumar 7-6, 7-6 in the quarterfinals, defeated K. Sachi of Andhra Pradesh 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals.

The baseline duel was marked by a good deal of lobbing by both the lads. Kiran next meets Vinod Gowda, who out-hit Chirag Igoor 6-0, 6-4 in the other semifinals.

In the boys' under-16 singles, Vikas Hansoge continued his dream run and defeated Rohan Gaonkar 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals. He meets the winner of the clash between Naveen Sai (TN) and Vinod Gowda.

In the girls' section, top-seed Likitha Devaraj, who packed a solid forehand, disposed of Soujanya (AP) 6-1, 6-1 to make the under-16 singles final. She meets the winner of the contest between Nayantara and Rachana Gowda.

Likitha however gave a walkover in the under-14 singles semifinal against Natasha Palha of Goa, as she found the task of playing two back-to-back matches too taxing.

Other singles results (quarterfinals):

Boys under-14: Vinod Gowda bt Kashyap 6-1, 6-1; Chirag Igoor bt Rohan Gaonkar 6-4, 7-5; K. Sachi (AP) bt S. Sachideva (AP) 6-2, 6-1; C.M. Kiran bt Dheeraj Kumar 7-6(3), 7-6(5).

Under-16: Vikas Hansogi bt Kashyap 7-6(2), 6-2; Rohan Gaonkar bt Karan B 7-5, 6-2; Naveen Sai (TN) bt H.J. Prajwal 4-6, 6-1, 6-3; Vinod Gowda bt C.M. Kiran 6-3, 6-4.

Girls' under-14: Likitha Devraj bt Likitha Shetty 6-0, 6-1; Natasha Palha (Goa) bt A.K. Padma Priya 6-2, 6-2; Rachana Gowda bt Soujanya (AP) 7-6(6), 6-4; Nayantara (AP) bt Vanisha Palha (Goa) 7-5, 6-4.

Under-16: Likitha Devraj bt Natsha Palha 7-6, 6-0; Soujanya w/o A.K. Padma Priya; Rachana Gowda bt Likita Shetty 6-2, 6-1; Nayantara bt Vanisha Palha 6-3, 6-4.

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