SPORT

Vikram surprises Rynold

KOCHI, FEB. 26. Andhra Pradesh's unseeded Vikram Reddy surprised the local star, fifth-seeded Rynold Timothy (Kerala) 6-4, 7-5 in a close thriller and entered the under-18 boys quarterfinals of the AITA junior tour KRL all-India ranking tennis tournament at the Ambalamugal KRL courts on Thursday evening.

Meanwhile, the under-14 top seeds posted contrasting wins on their way to the last-eight stage. Maharashtra's girls No.1 Supriya Mallaya brushed aside Karnataka's Likitha Devaraj 6-3, 6-0 while the boys' top seed, Tamil Nadu's Sriram Balaji dropped a set before prevailing over Andhra's Vikram Reddy.

The results (pre-quarterfinals):

Boys (under-18): Hariprasath (TN) bt Manish Rao (Kar) 6-4, 6-2; Ramu Arun (TN) bt Nihal Kapoor (TN) 6-4, 6-1; V. Vignesh (TN) bt Navneeth Kannan (TN) 6-3, 6-1; Nithyesh Nataraj (TN) bt Preetham Moras (Kar) 6-0, 6-2; Vikram Reddy (AP) bt Rynold Timothy (Ker) 6-4, 7-5.

Boys (under-14): Sriram Balaji (TN) bt Vikram Reddy (AP) 6-0, 1-6, 6-1; Mali Himanshu (Mah) bt Luv Sodha (Mah) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3; Mikhail Shetty (Mah) bt Sathi Reddy (TN) 6-4, 6-3; A. Daniel Raj (AP) bt Zubair Virje 6-4, 6-1; S. Sudanva (TN) bt M.L. Murtaza (TN) 2-6, 6-4, 7-5; Sameer Paranjpe (Mah) bt Vigneshwaran (TN) 6-3, 6-2; Nihal Kapoor (TN) bt Priyank Gangadharan (Ker) 6-4, 6-3; Akash Wagh (Mah) bt Gugan Varma (TN) 6-4, 7-6 (7-2).

Girls (under-18): Anushree Thamania (Kar) bt Lubna Mariam (TN) 6-1, 6-0; Panuganti Megha (AP) bt Kelsey Sundaram (TN) 6-7 (4-7), 6-1 (conceded); Supriya Mallaya (Mah) bt Cindana Manickavel (TN) 6-2, 6-2.

Girls (under-14): Supriya Mallaya (Mah) bt Likitha Devaraj (Kar) 6-3, 6-0; V. Archana (AP) bt Prarthana Pattabi (TN) 7-5, 6-0; Deepna Vazirani (Mah) bt Preethi Sreenivasan (TN) 6-0, 6-1; Shahin Ansari (TN) bt Divya Rana (AP) 6-0, 6-4; Nandita Krishnan (TN) bt V. Nayanathara (AP) 6-4, 6-1; Janani Suresh (TN) bt Kelsey Sundaram (TN) 6-1, 6-2; Lekha Chandrasekhar (TN) bt Sai Pujitha (AP) 6-3, 6-4; Surabhi S. Varma (Mah) bt Cindana Manickavel (TN) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.