Second seeded Rishab Agarwal and fourth seeded Simran Kaur Sethi notched up contrasting wins in the boys’ and girls’ singles semifinals to keep the Indian interest alive in the title rounds of the Gujarat NRE ITF junior tennis, at the DKS Complex here on Friday.

Short work

Rishab made short work of fourth seeded Mehdi Abid winning the first set 6-4 before the latter conceded the match trailing 0-3 in the second set.

Rishab will take on third seeded Chin Chun Tang of Chinese Taipei, who outplayed top seeded Skander Mansouri of Tunisia in a gruelling three-setter, in the title clash on Saturday.

Digging deep

Simran Kaur Sethi had to dig deep in the girls’ semifinal match that lasted two hours and 30 minutes. The Indian showed better resilience to outlast second seeded Ksenija Sharifova of Russia in winning 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.

The girls’ final will have Simran taking on third-seeded Greetje Minnen of Belgium, who outlasted seventh seeded Snehadevi Reddy of India in another three-setter.

Snehadevi Reddy and Dhruti Venugopal won the doubles title beating the Russo-Ukraine combination of Ksenija Sharifova and Anastasia Prokopenko in the final.

The results: Boys: Semifinals: Chin Chun Tang (Tpe) bt Skander Mansouri (Tun) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4); Rishab Agarwal bt Mehdi Abid (Tun) 6-4, 3-0(conceded). Doubles: Final: Wei De Lin & Shao Chi Yang (Tpe) bt Patrik Niklas & Eero Vasa (Fin) 6-7(0), 6-3, 10-6.

Girls: Semifinals: Greetje Minnen (Bel) bt Snehadevi Reddy 4-6, 7-5, 6-1; Simran Kaur Sethi bt Ksenija Sharifova (Rus) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2. Doubles: Final: Snehadevi Reddy & Dhruti Venugopal bt Anastasia Prokopenko (Ukr) & Ksenija Sharifova (Rus) 3-6, 6-3, 11-9.


  • Rishab will take on third-seeded Chin Chun Tang of Chinese Taipei in the final

  • The girls’ final will have Simran taking on third-seeded Greetje Minnen of Belgium


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