HYDERABAD: Teertha Iska of Andhra Pradesh shocked the higher-rated ITF player Neena Reddy of Tamil Nadu 6-0, 2-6, 6-3 in the girls under-16 first round of the Lanco-JHIC National Series tennis tournament for boys and girls at Jubilee Hills International Centre here on Tuesday.
Teertha, who has shifted base from United States to pursue a tennis career, fought back remarkably well from a second set deficit after a fluent start. Once she got back the rhythm, the young talent was at her best in essaying some fine cross-court returns to upset the rival.
Girls: Under-16: First round: Teertha Iska (AP) bt Neena Reddy (TN) 6-0, 2-6, 6-3; Y.P.Aishwarya (AP) bt Ch.Nidhi (AP) 6-3, 6-3; Carol Augustine (Del) bt K.Yashika Reddy (AP) 6-0, 6-3; Tanaya Gosavi (Mah) bt Meghana (AP) 6-0, 6-0; Prardhana Thombre (Mah) bt Doondi Priya (AP) 6-2, 6-1; Natallia Khaniejo (Mah) bt M.Sanjana Kumar (TN) 6-2, 6-3; Anushka Bhargava (AP) bt Tanvinath (AP) 6-0, 6-1; Biradar Spoorthi (Kar) bt Charuta Mehta (Del) 6-2, 7-5; Rachana R.Gowda (Kar) bt K.Supriya (AP) 6-3, 6-2; Ravina Shetty (Kar) bt Anand Dalal Kahini (Mah) 6-2, 6-4; M.P.Nitha (Kar) bt Paridhi Ojha (Del) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1; Jannesh Kaur (Chd) bt N.B.Saranya (AP) 6-0, 6-1; Baljinder Kaur (Del) bt Manya Nagpal (Del) 6-3, 6-4.
Boys: Second round: Vaidik Munshaw (Guj) bt Sirasala Surya (AP) 6-2, 6-4; S.Siddartha (TN) bt Suraj Konwar (Guj) 6-1, 6-1; N.Yeshwanth (AP) bt R.Ram Kumar (TN) 6-1, 6-0; Chetan Pandit (AP) bt Rishab Agarwal (AP) 6-3, 6-1; Rupam Gogoi (Asm) bt Deepak Swaminathan (TN) 6-3, 6-3; Ronit Bisht (Del) bt Parthasarathy Keshav (Kar) 6-2, 6-1; Yash Deshmukh (Mah) bt Kushal Mehta (Mah) 6-2, 6-2; Suraj Desai (Guj) bt Satish Kirtani Advaith (Kar) 7-5, 6-1; Ankesh Bhargava (AP) bt K.Sai Siddarth (AP) 6-0, 6-2; Sai Karthik (AP) bt Ashraf Mahammad (TN) 6-0, 6-0; P.Sai Teja (AP) bt Rohit Bisht (Del) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2; R.Raman Rishab (TN) bt Elangavan Neeraj (TN) 6-2, 6-2; S.S.Prithiv (TN) bt J.Mohit Mayur (TN) 7-5, 6-2.