Top-seeded Shweta Rana put herself in line for a double in the women's section of the AITA-ranking tennis tournament organised by the DDA at the Saket Sports Complex here on Friday.

The dimunitive but gutsy Shweta recovered from the brink of defeat to beat the sixth-seeded Shreya Pasricha 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the singles semifinals.

In the final she faces the third-seeded Tarrannum Handa who beat the fifth-seeded Manya Nagpal in three sets.

In the doubles final, Shweta and Treta Bhattacharya outplayed Tarrannum Handa and Smriti Joon after a tussle in the first set.

In the men's section, the second-seeded Ashwin Vijayaraghavan was teased by the former National champion Nitten Kirrtane, but recovered after losing the first set to sail into the final.

He will meet the top-seeded Siddharth Rawat who beat qualifier Arjun Kadhe in straight sets.

The men's doubles title went to Vijay Kannan and Ajai Selvaraj who quelled the challenge from the Sood brothers, Chandril and Lakshit, in the second set tie-break.

The results:

Men: Semifinals: Siddharth Rawat bt Arjun Kadhe 6-4, 6-4; Ashwin Vijayaraghavan bt Nitten Kirrtane 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Doubles final: Vijay Kannan & Ajai Selvaraj bt Chandril Sood & Lakshit Sood 6-3, 7-6(5).

Women: Semifinals: Shweta Rana bt Shreya Pasricha 4-6, 7-5, 6-4; Tarrannum Handa bt Manya Nagpal 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.

Doubles final: Shweta Rana & Treta Bhattacharya bt Tarrannum Handa & Smriti Joon 7-5, 6-1.

LPS in final

Host Laxmi Public School (LPS) defeated Bharat National Public School (BNPS) 14-25, 25-21, 25-18, 25-8 to enter the final of the Pran Nath memorial sub-junior Delhi state volleyball championship here on Friday.

In the other semis clash, Najafgarh Coaching Centre beat the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium team 25-15, 25-18, 25-18.

Second modular range opens

Olympic silver medallist, Vijay Kumar, appreciated the effort of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) and its affiliate, Sprotzcraft, on the inauguration of the second modular 10-metre shooting range at the Guru Harkrishan Public School, Punjabi Bagh, on Friday.

“'It is a great platform for youngsters to take up shooting and help them realise their dreams,” said Vijay Kumar, the rapid fire specialist, who had also won the air pistol bronze medal in the last Asian Games in Guangzhou.

The Minister of Urban Development and Revenue of Delhi, Arvinder Singh Lovely, who was the chief guest at the inauguration, lauded the effort and hoped that such a venture by the school would help discover a lot of medal winners.

The President of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, Paramjit Singh Sarna, assured that GHPS would support the sport.


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