SPORT

Shruti stuns Prarthana

KOLKATA: Unseeded Shruti Archita of Maharashtra made short work of second-seeded Prarthana Prathap of Karnataka in the women's singles pre-quarterfinals of the Central Excise-AITA Open grasscourt tennis on Wednesday.

In another match, eighth-seeded Sagarika Phadke of Maharashtra lost to unseeded Andrady Arantxa of Delhi in straight sets. In the men's matches, all the seeded players including second seeded Mithun Murali, fifth seeded Ajai Selvaraj (both Tamil Nadu) and eighth seeded veteran Nitten Kirrtane moved in to the quarterfinals winning their respective matches.

The results: Men: Singles (pre-quarterfinals): S.V. Abhishek (AP) bt Kamal Surana (Kar) 6-0, 6-0; M. Naveen Saai (TN) bt Bharat Bhardwaj (Har) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2; Vinod K. Sewa (Ben) bt Varun Walia (Utr) 5-7, 6-2, 6-4; Nitten Kirrtane (Mah) bt Nishank Mishra (Dli) 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-3; Ajai Selvaraj (TN) bt Shivang Mishra (Dli) 6-3, 7-6(7-3); Farid Alam (Ben) bt Shivraj Singh (Ben) 6-3, 6-2; Saurabh Dilip Patil (Mah) bt Pradeep Deswal (AP) 6-3, 6-3; Mithun Murali (TN) bt Gugan Verma (TN) 6-2, 6-1.

Women: Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Treta Bhattacharyya (Ben) bt Kesica Jayapalan (TN) 6-1, 6-0; Arantxa Andrady (Dli) bt Sagarkika Phadke (Mah) 6-1, 6-2; Abhilasha Ahuja (Har) bt Zainab Ali Sajjad (AP) 7-6(6), 1-6, 6-3; Partheepan Neela Sindhu (TN) bt Prerne Prathap (Kar) 6-0, 6-2; Sonal Phadke (Mah) bt Madhuri Bharat Pathare (Mah) 6-0, 6-2; Rani Smita Jain (IAF)) bt Sharaddha Dhali (Mah) 7-6(0), 6-4; Aishwarya Srivatsava (Mah) bt Shweta Kakhandi (Mah) 6-0, 6-2; Shruti Archita (Mah) bt Prarthana Prathap (Kar) 6-4, 6-3 .

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