BANGALORE: Thomas Prem Kumar of Tamil Nadu humbled the fourth seed and local lad, S. Raghavendra, in an absorbing second round tussle at 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 and entered the boys’ under-18 singles pre-quarterfinals of the BCI-AITA Talent Series (under-16 & under-18) championship at the BCI courts here on Tuesday.
Raghavendra after taking the first set came under pressure from Prem Kumar, who kept him on the leash with steady groundstrokes in the second set. Prem Kumar led 4-2 before his rival fought back and pushed the set to the tie-breaker. Prem Kumar raced to a 5-0 lead and closed the tie-break at 7-3.
In the decider, it was Prem Kumar all the way as he kept his momentum and romped to a 5-0 lead and won easily at 6-3. Prem Kumar also entered the boys under-16 singles last 16 round with a 6-1, 6-3 win over B.R. Nikshep while Raghavendra also moved to the pre-quarterfinals defeating Sangram Kothwal at 6-0, 6-3.
In the girls section, Preethi Ujjini moved into the pre-quarter-finals in both the under-16 and under-18 singles.
The results (second round):
Boys’ Under-16 singles: Nikhil Reddy bt Harsha Manjunath 6-3, 6-3; H. Suraj bt Alok Aradhya 4-6, 6-3, 6-1; S. Raghavendra bt Sangram Kothwal 6-0, 6-3; J.S. Arun Raj bt Sabyasachi Mishra 6-0, 6-3; S. Aravind bt Anthony Savio 6-4, 6-3; Vasanth Kumar bt S. Karthik 6-1, 6-1; Rohan Gaonkar w/o S. Akash; Thomas Prem Kumar bt B.R. Nikshep 6-1, 6-3.
Under-18 singles: Arun Prashanth bt Keerthinathan 6-1, 6-1; J.S. Arun Raj bt Parth Girme 6-0, 6-3; Nikhil Reddy bt S. Aravind 6-3, 6-3; J. Thomas Prem Kumar bt S. Raghavendra 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3; Harsha Manjunath bt Parthik Chamka 7-5, 6-4; Monish Rajer bt H. Suraj 7-5, 6-1; Rashien Samuel bt Ganga Singh 6-1, 6-0; Rohan Gaonkar bt C. Hemanth Kumar 6-2, 6-2.
Girls’ Under-16 singles: Preethi Ujjini bt Akshatha Ananth 6-3, 6-1; Devika A. Kumar bt Surya Suresh 6-3, 6-1; S.P. Ritu bt Anita Yadav 6-3, 6-2; Pooja R. Patil bt D. Sai Haritha 6-3, 6-1; Shruthi Naryani bt S. Arathi 6-3, 6-2; Syeda Rehunuma bt Shreye Mahadevan 6-3, 6-0; S. Spoorthi bt Shwetha Samuel 6-0, 6-2; Abhipsa Rath bt Lakshmi Nikitha 6-2, 6-1.
Under-18 singles: Preethi Ujjini bt Shwetha Samuel 6-2, 6-3; Anitha Yadav bt Abhipsa Rath 6-0, 6-1; Shruthi Narayani bt C. Pakati 6-3, 6-2; Pooja R. Patil bt Shreya Mahadevan 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. — Special Correspondent