India's Sahil Deshmukh's lean frame belies his energy levels.
The 14-year-old played a waiting game, ran hard, and displayed supreme fitness in exacting conditions to script a 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 win over compatriot Rakshay Thakkar, the third seed, in the second round of the the Asian closed junior tennis championships at the SDAT-Nungambakkam Stadium here on Tuesday.
In the girls' category, Prarthana Thombare, the third seed, bowed out meekly without much of a fight losing 6-4, 6-3 to Rimpledeep Kaur.
The seeded casualties included Yash Deshpande (12), Rohit Bisht (16) and Kelvin Lam (6) among the boys, and Tarrannum Handa (11) and Shweta Rana (12) among the girls.
Rakshay attacked relentlessly from the baseline to pocket the first set 7-5. In the second set however, Deshmukh counter-punched and waited for Rakshay to commit mistakes. Deshmukh ran away to a 4-1 lead and never looked back.
Towards the end of the second set, Rakshay developed pain in his right thigh that restricted his movements. Before the start of the decider, he took a medical time-out and when he came back, he was not the same player even as Deshmukh got better with his groundstrokes.
Rimpledeep's aggressive instincts paved the way for her victory over Thombare in an hour and 15 minutes. The first set was evenly matched with both players giving their best. But, it was the versatile Rimpledeep's decisive play from the backcourt that took the match.
The results: Second round: Boys:Karan Salwan bt Yash Deshpande 6-1, 6-4; Teeradon Tortrakul (Tha) bt Rohit Bisht 6-1, 6-2; Ziad Sultan (Kuw) bt Adwait Sadwilkar 6-4, 6-1; Sahil Deshpande bt Rakshay Thakkar 5-7, 6-1, 6-4; Nattan Benjasuawan (Tha) bt Manav Kumar 6-0, 6-0; Saurabh Singh bt K. Pradeep Reddy 6-4, 6-1; Arjun Kadhe bt Richie Agarwal 6-1, 6-0; Gao Xin bt Aman Agarwal 6-1, 6-1.
Yuki Muramatsu (Jpn) bt Sumit Nagal 7-5, 6-2; Siyu Liu (Chn) bt I.B. Akshay 6-1, 6-3; Niranjan R Ram bt Shashank Nautiyal 6-3, 7-6 (2); Shaik Abdullah bt Rithvik Anand 6-3, 6-2; Saurabh Patil bt Kelvin Lam (Hkg) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1; Vilasier Khate bt Manish Kumar 6-0, 6-3; Vinod Gowda bt Kumara P Saradhi Adavelly 6-0, 4-6, 6-3; Vishwesh Sinha bt Suraj Prabodh 6-4, 6-2.
Girls:Rutuja Bhosale bt Spurti Shivalingaiah 1-6, 6-2, 6-1; T. Nguyen (Phi) bt Sai Samhitha 7-6 (5), 6-4; Ratnika Batra bt Fang-Chi Tsao (Tpe) 6-1, 6-2; Ayaka Okuno (Jpn) bt Sri Vaishnavi Peddy Reddy 6-4, 6-3; Sanae Ohta (Jpn) bt Bhavani Balakumar 6-1, 6-0.
Ching-Wen Hsu (Tpe) bt Jiayuan Xue (Chn) 7-5, 6-2; Anna Clance Patrimonio (Phi) bt Ambika Pande 6-2, 6-1; Kamonwan Buayam (Tha) bt Tarrannum Handa 6-2, 6-2; A. Runglerdkriangkrai (Tha) bt Amrita Mukherjee 6-1, 6-0; Rimpledeep Kaur bt Prarthana Thombare 6-4, 6-3; I.P. Katherine (Hkg) bt Nayanika Reddy 6-1, 6-1; Aishwarya Agarwal bt Simran Kaur 6-2, 6-3.
Kanika Vaidya bt Gornganok Tiragonak (Tha) 7-5, 6-3; Dina Karina (Ina) bt Shweta Rana 5-7, 7-6 (1), 6-3; Bhuvana Kalva bt Warrisara Prajoubphansri (Tha) 1-6, 6-3, 6-4; Aldila Sutjiadi (Ina) bt Preeti Bhandurge 6-0, 6-0.