Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: Yeshwanth Nadella of Andhra Pradesh came up with an inspired display to knock out the second seed Lakshith Sood 6-4, 6-1 and entered the boys' under-16 singles semifinals of the Polyflex National Series (under-14 & 16) junior tennis championship at the KIMS here on Thursday.

Yeshwanth, seeded 12th, belted fluent forehand winners to dictate terms against an error-prone Sood, and wrapped up the tie in about 75 minutes.

Yeshwanth was joined in the last four by teammate and top seed Kaza Vinayak Sarma, who once again shrugged off a slow start to beat the sixth-seeded Suraj Desai of Gujarat 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. Tamil Nadu's Irfan Hussain and Rishab Dev Raman also advanced to the semifinals with well-earned wins.

Nova advances

In the girls' section, the top seed in both the under-14 and under-16 categories, Nova Patel of Gujarat, duly made it to the quarterfinals. However, in the under-14 singles, third seed Rishika Sunkara of Delhi was stopped by Natasha Palha 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

Sharon Paul of Tamil Nadu also booked her quarterfinal slots in both the under-14 and under-16 sections, but victory in the under-14 singles came the hard way, as she sweated it out for a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(0) win over a gritty Ravina Shetty of Karnataka.

The results: Boys: (Singles, quarterfinals): Under-14: J. Mohit Mayur (TN) bt Surya Pawan (AP) 2-6, 6-1, 6-3; N. Sai Karthik (AP) bt Rishab Dev Raman (TN) 6-3, 3-6, 6-0; Rohit Bisht (Del) bt Vishwesh Simha (Mah) 6-4, 7-5.

Under-16: Kaza Vinayak Sarma (AP) bt Suraj Desai (Guj) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4; Yeshwanth Nadella (AP) bt Lakshith Sood (UP) 6-4, 6-1; Irfan Hussain (TN) bt Samip Mehta (Guj) 7-6(7), 3-6, 6-2; Rishab Dev Raman bt N. Sai Karthik 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-1.

Girls: (Singles, pre-quarterfinals): Under-14: Nova Patel (Guj) bt Anushka Bhargav (TN) 6-2, 6-2; Natasha Palha (Guj) bt Rishika Sunkara (Del) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4; Sharon Paul (TN) bt Ravina Shetty (Kar) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(0); Sanchita Nandakumar (TN) bt Vaidehi Bhagwat (Mah) 7-6(5), 1-6, 6-2; Natalia (Mah) bt C.H. Nidhi (AP) 6-0, 7-6(3); Shwetha Rana (Del) bt T. Prarthana (Mah) 7-5, 6-2; M. Divija (AP) bt Madhuri Patke 6-0, 6-1.

Under-16: Nova bt Shivani Singh (AP) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4; Neha Purohit (AP) bt Spoorthi Biradar (Kar) 7-5, 7-6(4); Nimisha Mohan (Kar) bt Rachana Gowda (Kar) 6-0, 6-2; Ankita Raina (Guj) bt Prarthana 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-2; Divija bt Nandini Singh (AP) 6-2,6-3; Rishika bt Bhavana Suresh 6-1, 6-3; Sharon bt Mohana Sarkar (WB) 6-3, 6-2.

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