Siddhant, Akanksha in line for grand double
Pune, December 10: Boy’s and girl’s top seeds Siddhant Banthia and Akanksha Bhan put themselves in line for a grand double when they annexed Doubles titles in their respective categories after having stormed into the singles finals earlier in the day, in the Gadre Cup ITF Junior Tennis tournament at the Deccan Gymkhana courts on Friday.
Playing in the top half of the draw, both Siddhant and No 3 seed Sacchitt Sharrma tested each other’s wits in the first set that went into tie-breaker, which Siddhant won 7-2.
It was Sacchitt who first broke Siddhanth in the sixth game of the first set, but Siddhanth traded the break soon after to even the things out. Siddhanth then broke Sacchitt n the 11th game to go 6-5 up, but Sacchitt forced the set into tie-breaker as he returned well to break Siddhanth in the 12th game.
Siddhanth composed himself well in the tie-breaker and won it 7-2.
By the second set, the Pune player had got the measure of Sacchitt’s service game and fired winners all over the opposite court to take the second set 6-1 after breaking his opponent in first, third and fifth games before wrapping up the match 6-5 (7-2), 6-1 in an hour and 30 minutes.
Siddhanth will meet No 7 seed Abhimanyu Vannemreddy in the final on Saturday. Later in the day, Abhimanyu scored and upset win over fourth seeded Rishabh Sharda 6-4, 6-1.
Akanksha, Vaidehi in final
The girl’s singles final will see top seeded Akanksha Bhan taking on Vaidehi Chaudhari, who defeated the only remaining foreign player in either of the draws.
Akanksha was staring at a defeat when No 4 seed Shivani Amineni raced to 5-0 lead in the first set after breaking her opponent in the second and fourth games. Akanksha broke back Shivani in the seventh, ninth and 11th games after saving three set points to take the set 7-5.
Akanksha had totally different approach in the second set as she opened up lead and love after breaking Shivani in the first, third and fifth games before winning the set 6-0 in a match that lasted for two hours.
The second semifinal saw Vaidehi Chaudhari beating No 2 seed Ayumi Miyamoto of Japan6-4, 2-6, 6-1 in yet another tough contest.
Later in the afternoon, boy’s top seeded pair of Siddhant Banthia and Megh Patel, won the doubles title beating No 3 seed Dev Javia and Rishabh Sharda 6-0, 6-1.
The girl’s doubles title went to the No 1 pair of Shivani Amineni and Akanksha Bhan, who rallied to beat No 2 seeds Salsa Aher and Shiori Ito. The all-Indian pair won 3-6, 6-2, 10-3.
Later, prizes were given at the hands of Sunder Iyer, Honorary Secretary of the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association and Sudhir Ranade, Tournament Director.
Semifinals: 1-Siddhant Banthia (Ind) bt 3-Sacchitt Sharrma (Ind) 7-6 (7-2), 6-1; 7-Abhimanyu Vannemreddy (Ind) bt 4-Rishabh Sharda (Ind) 6-4, 6-1.
Final: 1-Siddhant Banthia (Ind)/Megh Patel (Ind) bt 3-Dev Javia (Ind)/Rishabh Sharda (Ind) 6-0, 6-1.
Semifinals: 1-Akanksha A Bhan (Ind) bt 4-Shivani Amineni (Ind) 7-5, 6-0; 3-Vaidehi Chaudhari (Ind) bt 2-Ayumi Miyamoto (Jpn) 6-4, 2-6, 6-1.
Final: 1-Shivani Amineni (Ind)/Akanksha A Bhan (Ind) bt 2-Salsa Aher (Ind)/Shiori Ito (Jpn) 3-6, 6-2, 10-3.