Chennai: Handshakes, goodbyes and excuses seem easier than slugging it out for a comeback when you're down 4-5 and 0-40 in the final set against the top-seed. But not for Sharon Paul, who fought back to win the set 7-6(4) and the match 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(4) against Shweta Rana, in the girls' quarterfinals of the IOB-GNC Asian under-14 tennis series, at the Gandhinagar Club, on Wednesday.
An animated and pumped up Shweta completely lost it when she had three match points, choosing to serve underarm for some inexplicable reason. The serve barely touched threatening proportions, with Sharon winning the point with ease, managing to equal the scores, and book her place in the semifinals. Third seed Ankita Raina also made her exit, after she lost to Natalia Khanejo 2-6, 3-6.
The seeds continued to tumble in the boys' event, as Rishabdev smothered the short balls and smacked the longer ones with ease, to register a straight-sets win over fourth seed Sumeet Shinde 6-4, 6-3, in their quarterfinal match. Sumeet didn't put a foot right, as he found himself in the wrong places, thanks to some well-placed shots by Rishabdev. With racket abuse becoming more frequent, a frustrated Sumeet could not script any comebacks.
The results: quarterfinals: Boys: Jugal Marfatia bt Sidharth Rawat 6-4, 6-2; Rishabhdev bt Sumeet Shinde 6-4, 6-3; Irfan Hussain bt Samip Mehta 6-2, 6-2; Mohit Mayur bt Tushal Thawani 6-1, 1-6, 6-3. Girls: Sharon S. Paul beat Shweta Rana 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(4); Yamini Reddy bt Natasha Palha 7-6(7), 6-4; Natalia Khanejo bt Ankita Raina 6-2, 6-3; Aishwarya Agarwal bt Prarthana Thombre 6-2, 6-0.
Doubles: quarterfinals: Boys: Jugal Marfatia-Sumeet Shinde bt Navneet Kumar-Sidharth Rawat 6-4, 7-6(1); Shahbaaz Khan-S.V. Abhishek bt Rishabhdev-R. Ramkumar 6-4, 7-5; Aashman Gogahari-Viveka Sasidhar bt Tushal Thawani-Aniket Wakankar 7-6(6), 6-4; N. Sai Karthik-S. Sidharth bt Arvind Fernando-Sai Teja Paladugu 7-5, 6-4. Girls: Aishwarya Agrawal-Natalia Khanejo bt V.K.C. Vishesh-Isabella Dale 6-1, 6-4; Shweta Rana-Ankita Raina bt Shalaka M. Anjunath-Riddhi Hegde 6-4, 6-1.