Playing an attacking game from both the flanks, Tamil Nadu's and Coimbatore-based unseeded R. Vigneshwaran hogged the limelight by registering a upset win over third seeded Karnataka lad Mahesh Bhatija 6-4, 6-1 and entered the semifinals in the boys under-18 singles on the third-day of the AITA Talent Series tennis tournament for u-18 & u-16 boys and girls, conducted by the Inner-Wheel Club of Mysore Central at the MTC courts here on Wednesday.
In another upset, seventh-seeded Siddarth S. Reddy of Tamil Nadu ousted fourth-seeded Gautham Ramkumar of Karnataka 6-4, 6-2 to enter the semifinals in the boys' under-18 singles. Top-seeded Suraj R Prabodh of Karnataka and second-seeded Anthony Savio of Tamil Nadu won their respective matches to sail into the last-four stage.
Seventh-seeded Maharashtra lass Kanishka Chawla, playing a consistent game, shocked the top-seeded Karnataka girl Kruthika S. Raj 7-5, 2-6, 6-1 to enter the semifinals in the girls' under-18 singles event.
Eight-seeded C.S. Praneetha of Tamil Nadu ousted fourth-seeded M.C. Shika of Karnataka with a 6-1, 6-2. Fourth-seeded local girl, Varunya C got the better of second-seeded Lavanya C of Tamil Nadu 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to enter the semifinals.
Boys' under-18 singles: Quarterfinals: Suraj R. Prabodh (Kar) bt C. Madan Mohan (TN) 6-1, 6-3; Siddarth S. Reddy (TN) bt Gautham Ramkumar (Kar) 6-4, 6-2; R. Vigneshwaran (TN) bt Mahesh Bhatija (Kar) 6-4, 6-1; Anthony Savio (TN) bt Vasudev V (TN) 6-4, 6-2.
Boys' under-16 singles: Quarterfinals: Suraj R. Prabodh (Kar) bt C. Madan Mohan (TN) 6-1, 6-0; Siddarth S. Reddy (TN) bt S. Karthik (Kar) 6-1, 6-2; Vasudev V (TN) bt Tulsiram C (TN) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2; Anthony Savio (TN) bt S. Kishen (Kar) 6-2, 6-4.
Girls' under-18 singles: Quarterfinals: Kaniskha Chawla (Mah) bt Kruthika S. Raj (Kar) 7-5, 2-6, 6-1; Sangeetha K S (Kar) bt Navina Chawla (Mah) 4-6, 6-2 (concd.); C.S. Praneetha (TN) bt Shika M.C. (Kar) 6-1, 6-2; Varunya C (Kar) bt Lavanya S (TN) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
Girls' under-16 singles: Quarterfinals: C.S. Praneetha (TN) bt Lakshmi Nikitha (TN) 6-2, 3-0 (concd.) . — Our Correspondent