Congrats to Maharashtra players Aryan Goveas and Siddanth Banthia for winning the Men's and juniors

Congrats to Maharashtra players Aryan Goveas and Siddanth Banthia for winning the Men's and juniors doubles championship.

Best wishes to Dhruv Sunish for the Under 18 singles finals today

Zeel Desai and Mahak Jain set up title clash


She is the best junior in the country, and Zeel Desai gave further glimpses of her ever strengthening game as she survived a match point to beat Bhuvana Kalva 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(0) in the women’s semifinals of the Fenesta National tennis championship at the DLTA Complex here on Friday.

On a day when the men’s top seed Suraj Prabodh overcame spells of tentative play to be at his forceful best in the third set to beat the crafty and consistent Manish Suresh kumar, Dalwinder Singh put his explosive game on display to outplay second seed Haadin Bava.

Incidentally, it was a lot of joy for coach Milos Pavlovic of Serbia as both Dalwinder and Suraj train with him at the Harvest Academy in Jassowal. Two contrasting players making the centre in Ludhiana proud.

The fine performance of the men apart, it was the women who kept the attention of the spectators on the show court. For, it was the country’s two best girls Zeel Desai and Mahak Jain who set up a title clash in the women’s event.

While the 18-year-old Zeel, who has already won an ITF women’s title at the expense of Mahak in Gwalior earlier this year, had to be at her best, Mahak was fluent in her semifinal against Tanisha Kashyap.

In fact, the 16-year-old Mahak, coached by Sajid Lodhi, has dropped only 18 games in all in winning her first four rounds so far.

Mahak had beaten Zeel in the ITF grade-2 junior final early this year, but has lost four matches to her including three finals.

Zeel complicated matters after leading 4-1 in the first two sets, as she went through spells of inconsistent play. Coached by Todd Clark, Zeel showed the ability to rise to the occasion as she handled the tie-break like a top professional while Bhuvana rued the missed chances in the three-hour battle.

Bhuvana, who has also won an ITF women’s title beating Ankita Raina on the same court, did save a match point on her serve in the tenth game, but her erratic return cost her the match, after she held a match point in the twelfth game.

There was some consolation for Haadin Bava, who hits the ball on the rise with telling impact, as he won the men’s doubles title with Aryan Goveas. The two put on an entertaining fare against the Sood twins, the versatile Chandril and Lakshit, who have surprisingly won only the junior title in the national championship.

After her defeats in the semifinals of women’s and girls singles, the 15-year-old Tanisha Kashyap mustered enough energy for a successful partnership with Sravya Shivani for the girls doubles title. The duo beat the top seeds Akanksha Bhan and Vaidehi Chaudhari, who have incidentally set up a singles title clash, in straight sets.

In the junior boys section, the tall and strongly-built Sacchitt Sharma recovered from being down 3-5 in the decider to tame the athletic Abhimanyu Vannem Reddy. He will face Dhruv Sunish, who knocked out the best ranked junior in the country, Siddhant Banthia in straight sets.

The results:

Men (semifinals): Suraj Prabodh bt Manish Sureshkumar 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-2; Dalwinder Singh bt Haadin Bava 7-5, 6-0.

Doubles (final): Aryan Goveas & Haadin Bava bt Chandril Sood & Lakshit Sood 6-4, 6-4.

Women (semifinals): Zeel Desai bt Bhuvana Kalva 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(0); Mahak Jain bt Tanisha Kashyap 6-2, 6-1.

Doubles (final): Shweta Rana & Snehadevi Reddy bt Sai Dedeepya & Sara Yadav 6-3, 6-3.

Boys (semifinals): Sacchitt Sharma bt Abhimanyu Vannem Reddy 6-2, 2-6, 7-5; Dhruv Sunish bt Siddhant Banthia 6-4, 6-3.

Doubles (final): Siddhant Banthia & Megh Bhargav Patel bt Atharva Sharma & Dhruv Sunish 6-2, 1-6, 10-6.

Girls (semifinals): Akanksha Bhan bt Sathwika Sama 6-1, 3-6, 6-4; Vaidehi Chaudhari bt Tanisha Kashyap 7-6(4), 7-5.

Doubles (final): Tanisha Kashyap & Sravya Shivani bt Akanksha Bhan & Vaidehi Chaudhari 6-3, 7-5.