Siddhant completes double after Vaidehi scores shock win over Akanksha
Siddhanth Banthia ended his 2017 season on a high note as he annexed his first title of the year when he beat Abhimanyu Vannemreddy 6-4, 6-3 to win Gadre Cup ITF Junior Tennis Boy's title at the Deccan Gymkhana courts here on Saturday.
The 17-year-old Siddhanth dished out an array of groundstrokes and served well on a sun-lit winter morning to take control over Abhimanyu's game early on before wrapping it up in exactly an hour and 30 minutes.
The 12th standard student of St Vincent's High School, Siddhant opened the first set and broke Abhimanyu in the second game to open up 3-0 lead with a ace to show for.
Abhimanyu found his footing and served well in the fourth game to keep Siddhanth in check.
Another ace to serve out the fifth game saw Siddhant take 4-1 lead. Abhimanyu tried to return into the game with some amazing groundstrokes, but Siddhant's returns were perfect that caught the visitor off-guard.
Abhimanyu broke Siddhant in the seventh game to make it 4-3 before holding his own serve to even the scores at 4-4. Siddhant, however, found his mojo soon after to go 5-6 up before breaking Abhimanyu in the 10th game to take the first set 6-4.
The second set saw Siddhanth and Abhimanyu taking the first and second games before the Pune player opened 3-1 lead after breaking his opponent in the fourth game.
From here on it was routine as both the players retained their service games as Siddhanth wrapped up the match 6-4, 6-3 to win his first title of the year.
Vaidehi wins girls title
Ahmedabad's third seeded Vaidehi Chaudhari scored an upset 6-2, 6-1 win over top seeded Akanksha A Bhan to win the Girl's title.
This was Vaidehi's third title of the year after winning two in Nepal, in February 2017.
For the 17-year-old 12th standard student, who studies in Gandhinagar, it was her first title triumph in Pune.
Vaidehi opened her game by breaking Akanksha in the second game to take 3-0 lead, but she had to fight in out when Akanksha broke back to make it 3-2. Trading of serves continued before Vaidehi opened 5-2 lead and pocketed the set 6-2.
In the second set Vaidehi broke her opponent in the fourth and sixth games while holding her own serves through the match to win the final 6-2, 6-1.
The winners received 60 ITF points and trophies, while the runners-up settled for 45 ITF points and trophies.
Sankalpa Thali, Marketing and Distribution’s Head of Gadre Products, Ajay Gupte, General Secretary of Deccan Gymkhana, Sunder Iyer, Honorary Secretary of the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association and the Tournament Director Sudhir Ranade gave away the prizes.
Boys Final: 1-Siddhant Banthia (Ind) bt 7-Abhimanyu Vannemreddy (Ind) 6-4, 6-3.
Girls Finals: 3-Vaidehi Chaudhari (Ind) bt 1-Akanksha A Bhan (Ind) 6-2, 6-1.