H. Suraj downed top-seeded Rynold Timothy in the semifinals of the Sree Chitra State Tennis tournament at the TTC courts here on Thursday.
Suraj, who had won the under-18 title in the morning, carried on from where he left in the men’s semifinal against the defending champion and experienced Timothy.
Suraj surprised the top seed with his aggressive and near-flawless game. He never allowed Timothy to settle into any sort of rhythm by serving well and packing power in his ground strokes. The first year degree student broke early in both sets and won the match comfortably 6-2, 6-3.
In the final, Suraj will meet Jeffy Jacob who beat M.S. Krishnakumar 6-1, 6-2 in the other semifinal. Suraj took the under-18 title after defeating Jeffy Jacob 6-3, 7-5.
Sneha to meet Gayatri
Sneha Susan Thomas will meet Gayatri Shankar in the women’s singles final. In the semifinals, Sneha made short work of Rhea Rosa John 6-2, 6-1 while Gayatri Shankar beat Begum Yasmine 6-4, 6-3.
The results: Men: Semifinals: H. Suraj bt Rynold Timothy 6-2, 6-3; Jeffy Jacob bt M.S. Krishnakumar 6-1, 6-2. Doubles (semifinals): Krishnakumar & Rynold bt L.S. Arun & R. Abhilash 6-2, 6-1. Boys: Under-18 (final): Suraj bt Jeffy 6-3, 7-5. Under-16 (semifinals): Jithin George bt Mohammed Sidhan 6-4, 7-5.
Doubles (final): Jithin George & Dayan J. Madhu bt Anand Yesodharan & Ram Narayan 6-1, 6-1. Under-14 (semifinals): G.S. Sanjay bt Tarun T. Kurian 9-4. Doubles (final): Vysakh & J. Nithin bt Hithen Sreelesh & Sishir Sreelesh 6-2, 6-4. Under-12 (finals): Hithen bt Akhilendran 6-4, 6-3. Women (semfinals): Sneha Susan Thomas bt Rhea Rosa John 6-2, 6-1; Gayathri Shankar bt Begum Yasmine 6-4, 6-3. Under-18 (semifinals): Sneha bt Panjami 6-0, 6-1. Under-16 (semifinals): Rhea Rosa bt Michelle Liz Robson 6-1, 6-1; Gayatri bt Panjami 6-0, 6-3. Under-14 (semifinals): Michelle Liz Robson bt Shameema Shershah 9-1; Niveditha Shankar bt Gouri Sagin 9-5. Under-12 (semifinals): Aaliya Madhu bt Gouri Sagin 8-2; Niveditha Shankar bt S. Bhadra 8-5.