BANGALORE: Pranav Karthik toppled top seed S. Raghavendra in the boys’ under-16 semifinals of the Tennis Guide-AITA talent series championship, on the penultimate day of the event at the Tennis Guide courts here on Thursday.
Pranav won 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 and will meet Madhan Mohan who also recovered from a first set loss before prevailing 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 over Prateesh K.
In the girls’ under-16 semifinals, top-seeded Preethi Gokhale had no such hiccups winning 6-1, 7-5 over Dhruthi Venugopal, while Preethi Bhandurge ended the winning streak of Abhipsa Rath at 6-2, 6-3 in the other semifinal.
Both Madhan Mohan and Preethi Bhandurge, however, could not make headway in the under-14 boys’ and girls’ semifinals respectively.
The results (semifinals): Boys: Under-14: B.S. Rahul bt Andrew K. Jose 6-3, 6-2; Anthony Savio bt Madhan Mohan 6-4, 7-5. Under-16: Pranav Karthik bt S. Raghavendra 2-6, 6-4, 6-4; Madhan Mohan bt Prateesh K. 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-2. Girls: Under-14: Nandini Das bt Nupur Umashankar 6-1, 7-5; Shwetha Sangwan bt Preethi Bhandurge 6-2, 6-2. Under-16: Preethi Gokhale bt Dhruthi Venugopal 6-1, 7-5; Preethi Bhandurge bt Abhipsa Rath 6-2, 6-3. — Special Correspondent