SPORT

Shivika keeps Inayat at bay

NEW DELHI APRIL 9. Second seeded Shivika Burman of West Bengal warded off a tough challenge from qualifier Inayat Khosla of Punjab 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6-1 in the under-18 girls first round of the AITA Super Series junior tennis tournament at the DLTA Complex here on Wednesday.

Shivika was seeded third in the girls under-14 section and had to sweat it out to overcome the stiff resistance from Sanjana Kapoor 6-4, 2-6, 7-5.

The fifth-seeded Karina Ahuja of West Bengal was beaten in straight sets by Deepa Chakraborty of Gujarat and the eighth-seeded Anukriti Prasad of Delhi was beaten by Taskeen Bains of Chandigarh in the under-18 section.

In the boys under-18 section, the sixth-seeded Anshuman Dutta of Assam was shown the door by Wrik Ganguly of Delhi.

Likewise, in the boys under-14 section, qualifier Navinder Pal Singh beat fifth-seeded Ashwin Vijayaraghavan 6-4, 6-4.

It will be a more difficult challenge for the players on Thursday when they assemble to play their singles pre-quarterfinal and quarterfinal rounds the same day, apart from attempting to honour their doubles commitments.

The results (first round):

Boys (under-18): Rupesh Roy bt Vijit Sehgal 6-2, 6-1; Tejeshwi Rao bt Pankaj Thapa 6-3, 6-3; Yannick Nelord bt Marlon Coelho 6-2, 6-2; Aditya Madkekar bt Sujith Sachitanand 6-1, 6-0; Sanam Singh bt Abhinav Grover 6-3, 6-4; Sandeep Kumar bt Yuki Bhambri 6-2, 6-1; R. K. Praveen bt Mesheer Vaswani 6-3, 6-2; Siddharth Gulati bt M. Jayakar 7-5, 6-1; Jitin Bishnoi bt Abhinav BOra 6-3, 6-4; Rahil Makharia bt Nitish Raj 6-0, 6-7 (6-8), 7-5; J. Vishnu Vardhan bt Rohan Gide 7-5, 6-0; Saurabh Kohli bt Honey Rana 6-4, 6-2; Wrik Ganguly bt Anshuman Dutta 6-3, 6-4; Sendur Gautham bt S. Prateek 7-5, 6-1; Vivek Shokeen bt Jeevan Nedunchezian 6-3, 3-6, 6-3; Divij Sharan bt Varun Walia 6-2, 6-2.

Boys (under-14): Kinshuk Sharma bt Pulkit Sharma 6-2, 6-1; Vijayant Malik bt Ankit Sachdeva 6-3, 6-3; Akshay Kohli bt Rituplawan Gogoi 6-2, 6-4; Sujith Sachitanand bt Vikram Gautham 6-0, 6-1; Navneetha Kannan bt Subhash Rao 6-3, 6-4; Yuki Bhambri bt Ankesh Bhargeva 4-6, 6-3, 6-0; Suman Debnath bt Arjun Choudhary 6-3, 6-4; Devender Das bt Krishna Karsolia 6-4, 6-4; Navinder Pal Singh bt Ashwin Vijayaraghavan 6-4, 6-4; Ajesh Anthaiti bt Raghavender Paul 6-4, 6-3; Ajay Kumar bt Karun Uday Singh 6-3, 2-6, 6-2; Kaushik Das bt Siddharth Kaushik 1-6, 7-5, 6-1; Amit Garg bt Chandril Sood 6-0, 6-2; Tejas Chukulkar bt Gaurav Walia 6-1, 6-3; Arjit Goswami bt Nikhil Reddy 6-1, 4-6, 6-2; Mesheer Vaswani bt Zenn Laliwala 6-1, 6-0.

Girls (under-18): Parul Goswami bt Nikunj Kamal 6-2, 6-1; Shalini Sahoo bt Vishaka Sheoran 6-2, 6-3; Amrita Seth bt Monika Menon 6-1, 6-2; Taskeen Bains bt Anukriti Prasad 6-3, 6-3; Gayatri Krishnan bt Jaya Vatwani 6-4, 6-0; Simmer bt P. Swati 7-5, 6-3; Neha Rana bt Jilke Nelord 6-3, 6-3; Parija Maloo bt Priya Pachkawade 6-0, 7-5; Deepa Chakraborty bt Karina Ahuja 7-5, 6-3; Aeshita Dwivedi bt Sahar Paul 6-3, 4-6, 6-2; Akshita Raj bt Astha Uppal 6-1, 6-1; Daksha Mulay bt Dhanashree Giri 6-4, 6-3; D. Tejaswani bt Shilpi Jaiswal 6-1, 6-0; Varsha Dutta bt Alpit Sandhu 6-1, 6-3; Sanjana Kapoor bt Tanya Ahuja 6-1, 6-1; Shivika Burman bt Inayat Khosla 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6-1.

Girls (under-14): Parija Maloo bt Shalini Sahoo 7-5, 6-4; Anushka Kapoor bt Renuka Keshwani 6-0, 6-3; Sushrutha Reddy bt Garima Vatwani 7-5, 6-1; Varsha Dutta bt Ridhima Baarooah 6-2, 6-3; Shivika Burman bt Sanjana Kapoor 6-4, 2-6, 7-5; Jilke Nelord bt Keertina Reddy 6-0, 6-4; Vishakha Sheoran bt Surabhi Varma 6-3, 6-2; Taskeen Bains bt Shilpi Jaiswal 6-2, 6-1; Amrita Seth bt Monica Menon 6-4, 6-0; Neha Rana bt Tanya Kapoor 6-0, 6-3; Nandita Krishnan bt Khyati Thakur 6-1, 7-6 (7-1); Daksha Mulay bt Sweta Kumari 6-3, 6-2; Karina Ahuja bt Akshita Raj 6-4, 6-1; Inaya Khosla bt Prerna Bhambri 6-0, 6-3; Rishika Sankara bt V. Archana 7-6 (7-3), 6-3; Gayatri Krishnan bt Vrinda Kapoor 6-1, 6-0.