Chennai: The in-form seeds had an easy passage to the semifinals of the Indian Oil Golden Jubilee ITF junior tennis tournament at TTT, YMCA-Nandanam, on Thursday.
Boys’ top seed Saurabh Singh and second seed Mohit Mayur outclassed Digvijay Singh Mehta and Sidharth Siva Kumar respectively, in straight sets. Saurabh ousted his flustered opponent 6-2, 6-3, while Mohit powered his way past Sidharth 6-3, 6-3.
Girls’ third seed Sharon Paul Sanchana survived a tough first set to make it to the semifinals past 12th seed Anushka Bhargava 7-5, 6-0. Both players struggled with their service games in the tight first set, but Sharon proved more consistent in finishing points. Anushka was given no chance in the second, as the third seed quickly tightened her game and wore the 12th seed down.
Vaniya Dangwal and 11th seed Russian Kristina Chasovskikh produced the day’s only genuine contest. Both players competed impressively from the back of the court, particularly in the decider. Vaniya Dangwal looked solid while bringing up a 3-1 lead, but Chasovskikh fought back to level the scores. The Russian was granted no further advantage thereafter, as Vaniya stood firm to close it out.
The results (Indians unless otherwise specified): Boys: Singles: Quarterfinals: Saurabh Singh bt Digvijay Singh Mehta 6-2, 6-3; Ronit Bisht bt S.V. Abhishek 6-0, 6-2; Ramkumar Ramnathan bt Irfan Hussain 6-4, 6-2; Mohit Mayur Jayaprakash bt 7-Sidharth Siva Kumar 6-3, 6-3.
Doubles: Semifinals: Arjun Kadhe & Ramkumar bt Elwin Antony & Sidharth 6-3, 7-5; Ronit & Saurabh bt Vinod Gowda & Rakshay Thakkar 1-6, 6-4, 10-7. Quarterfinals: Ronit & Saurabh bt Mansingh Athare & Vishwajit Tirumurti 3-6, 6-4, 10-7; Gowda & Thakkar bt Navneet Kumar and Ajay Yadav 6-3, 6-1; Antony & Sidharth bt Digvijay & Abhishek 6-4, 6-3; Kadhe & Ramkumar bt Arnan Maipradit & Chaleechan Tanasugarn (Tha) 6-2, 6-3.
Girls: Singles: Quarterfinals: Tarrannum Handa bt Bhuvana Kalva 6-3, 6-1; Vaniya Dangwal bt Kristina Chasovskikh (Rus) 6-2, 1-6, 6-3; Sharon Paul Sanchana bt Anushka Bhargava 7-5, 6-0; Anna Tyulpa (Rus) bt Divija Mandava 6-0, 7-5.
Doubles: Semifinals: Sai Samitha & Amrita Mukherjee bt Tyulpa & Chasovskikh 6-4, 6-4; Namita Bal & Prarthana Thombre bt Rachita Sarda & M. Shalaka Uddur 6-4, 6-1.
Quarterfinals: Tyulpa & Chasovskikh bt Kalva & Sansitha Nandakumar 6-3, 6-1; Sai Samitha & Amrita bt Ankita Bhatia & Smriti Joon 7-5, 6-4; Sarda & Uddur bt Mandava & Bhavna Suresh 6-4, 6-2; Bal & Thombre bt Zainab Ali Sajjad & Anushka Bhargava 1-6, 6-4, 10-3.