Siddhant, Sacchitt lead an all-Indian field in boy's draw
Pune, December 7: Top seeded Siddhant Banthia and No 3 Sacchitt Sharma led an all-Indian field into Friday's semifinals in the Boy's section, in the Gadre Cup ITF Junior Tennis tournament at the Deccan Gymkhana courts on Thursday.
Pune's Salsa Aher could have helped made all-Indian line-up in the girl's draw too but the fifth-seeded Indian lost a tough match against Japan's Ayumi Miyamoto in the quarterfinal action on Thursday.
Siddhant was up against Michal Wozniak in the top half of the draw but he left no room for the Polish player to find his groove and fired winners all over the court to score 6-2, 6-0 win.
Two British players were in the fray in the bottom half of the draw, but they failed to get past their Indian counterparts and fizzled out in the bottom half of the draw.
Fourth seeded Rishabh Sharda needed three sets to get past No 8 seed James Story 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, while in the final quarter of the draw No 7 seed Abhimanyu Vannemreddy shut out Jacob Fearnley 6-3, 6-2.
Now Sharda meets Abhimanyu in the second semifinal; while Siddhanth takes on No 3 seed Sacchitt Sharrma in the top half of the draw. Sacchitt scored 7-5, 6-4 win over fellow Indian Theertha Macherla earlier in the day.
In the doubles action, the top seeded pair of Siddhant Banthia and Megha Patel into the final with a 7-5, 7-5 win over No 4 seeds Jacob Fearnley and James Story, winning.
The top seeds will meet No 3 seeded pair of Dev Javia and Rishabh Sharda, who scored 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 win over Sacchitt Sharrma and Abhimanyu Vannnemreddy.
Ayumi beats Salsa Japan's No 2 seed Ayumi Miyamoto scored a tough 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) win over Salsa Aher after Akanksha Bhan, Shivani Amineni and Vaideki Chaudhari had cruised into the semifinals earlier in the morning.
Akanksha brought an end to great run of qualifier Kaavya Sawhney, winning 6-1, 6-2. Shivani then removed Shiori Ito of Japan with a routine 6-3, 6-3 victory.
Though Salsa lost in the singles draw, she can still aim for a trophy on Friday as she and her Japanese partner Shiori defeated No 4 seeded pair of Evelina Kontareva of Russia and Aesha Patel 6-4, 6-3.
Quarterfinals: 1-Siddhant Banthia (Ind) bt Michal Wozniak (Pol) 6-2, 6-0; 3-Sacchitt Sharrma (Ind) bt Theertha Macherla (Ind) 7-5, 6-4; 4-Rishabh Sharda (Ind) bt 8-James Story (Gbr) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4; 7-Abhimanyu Vannemreddy (Ind) bt Jacob Fearnley (Gbr) 6-3, 6-2.
Semifinals: 1-Siddhant Banthia (Ind)/Megh Patel (Ind) bt 4-Jacob Fearnley (Gbr)/James Story (Gbr) 7-5, 7-5; 3-Dev Javia (Ind)/Rishabh Sharda (Ind) bt 2-Sacchitt Sharrma (Ind)/Abhimanyu Vannemreddy (Ind) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.
1-Akanksha A Bhan (Ind) bt q-Kaavya Sawhney (Ind) 6-1, 6-2; 4-Shivani Amineni (Ind) bt Shiori Ito (Jpn) 6-3, 6-3; 3-Vaidehi Chaudhari (Ind) bt 8-Mingqiao Yang (Chn) 6-4, 6-3; 2-Ayumi Miyamoto (Jpn) bt 5-Salsa Aher (Ind) 6-1, 7-6 (7-3).
Semifinals: 1-Shivani Amineni (Ind)/Akanksha A Bhan (Ind) bt Chae Hyun Sim (Kor)/Doga Turkmen (Tur) 4-6, 6-3, 10-8; 2-Salsa Aher (Ind)/Shiori Ito (Jpn) bt 4-Evelina Kontareva (Rus)/Aesha Patel (US) 6-4, 6-3.