KOLKATA: India's Yuki Bhambri justified his wildcard blowing off the challenge of compatriot qualifier Christopher Marquis in straight sets in the boys' singles quarterfinal of the ONGC-ITF juniors (grade III) tournament played at the DKS Sports Complex on Thursday.
Bhambri was joined in the last-four round by another Indian, Prajnesh Gunneswaran, who beat unseeded Romanian opponent Andrei Savulescu to brighten the possibility of an all-Indian final.
The biggest upset of the day came in the form of top seeded Rifat Biktyakov of Uzbekistan, who went down to eighth seeded Kittiphong Wachiramanowong of Thailand after losing successive tie-breakers in his quarterfinal match.
Top seeds fail
It was not a favourable day for the top seeds as the girls' section too was made head-less as unseeded Alyona Sotnikova of Ukraine ousted the top seeded Jessy Rompies of Indonesian in a match stretched to the decider. With eighth seeded Sweta Solanki losing on Wednesday the Indian participation had ended in the pre-quarterfinals.
The results: (Indians unless specified):Boys' singles (quarterfinals): Kittiphong Wachiramanowong (Tha) bt Rifat Biktyakov (Uzb) 7-6(8-6), 7-6(7-4); Yuki Bhambri bt Christopher Marquis 6-1, 6-2; Jeong-Han Seo (Kor) bt Sudhanwa Sitaram 7-5, 7-5; Prajnesh Gunneswaran bt Andrei Savulescu (Rom) 7-6(7-5), 6-1.
Doubles (semifinals): Akash Gujarati/Prajnesh Gunneswaran bt Sameer Paranjpe/Mansingh Athare 6-4, 6-1.
Girls' singles (quarterfinals): Alyona Sotnikova (Ukr) bt Jessy Rompies (Ina) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2; Nanuli Pipiya (Rus) bt Yuliya Golborodko (Ukr) 6-2, 7-5; Nadia Lalami (Mor) bt Beatrice Gumulya (Ina) 6-3, 6-2; Sophia Mulsap (Tha) bt Anastasiya Vasylyeva (Ukr) 2-6, 6-4, 7-5.
Doubles (semifinals): Beatrice Gumulya/Jessy Rompies (Ina) bt Nadia Lalami (Mor)/Polina Dzyuba (Rus) 6-2, 6-3;Yulia Golborodko (Ukr)/Anastasia Vaslyeva (Ukr) bt Sweta Solanki/Nigora Sirojiddinova (Uzb) 6-3, 6-4.