Sandesh and Saina take home KDLTA singles and doubles title.

Sandesh and Saina take home KDLTA singles and doubles title.


Top-seeded Sandesh Kurale of Kolhapur and Top seeded Saina Deshpande of Pune claimed the Girls and the Boys singles and doubles under 14 title while Prathmesh Patil claim Boys under 12 Singles title at the MSLTA – YONEX SUNRISE KDLTA All India Ranking Talent Series(7) Under 12 and 14 Tennis Tournament 2017 held under the auspices of All India Tennis Association and Maharashtra State Lawn tennis Association organized by Kolhapur Dist Lawn Tennis Association, Kolhapur played at their courts.


A rising star from Kolhapur Sandesh Kurale maintains his consistent form throught the tournament in order to outlast Khushal Choudhari in a fascinating final contest by 6-1, 6-4. Sandesh timed his shots with perfection to win in the first set. He used his foot speed and resilience to win the final set with it the title.


In one of the best performances of the day top seed in the girls under 14 chart Saina Deshpande convincingly beat Mahi Shinde 6-0, 6-1 in a one sided final.


The 12 year old Saina, did not drop a set in the finals and dominated right from the start as she took a strong 6-0 lead in the first set of the final. She built on that lead to win the second set 6-1 with ease and with it the title. The fourth seeded, Mahi Shinde played very well, and was quite athletic but lacked the conviction in her ability to take the fight to her opponent who dictated the rallies with her fierce strokes. 


Eight seeded Prathmesh Patil of Kolhapur made use of the opportunity to earn 15 AITA points and the boys under 12 title beating Omar Sumar in a three well- fought sets. Both the players displayed good quality tennis and fought very hard for every point. In the first set Prathmesh played intelligently to close the set 7-6. In the second set Omar used good variation and took the set 1-6. In the final set Prathmesh conceded only Two game to win the set and with it the title.


The winner and runner-up get trophy and certificates. The prizes were given away at the hands of Mr Sachin Kadam, Hon. Secretary KDLTA, Mr. Prabhakar Dalvi, Tournament Director, Mr. Murlidhar Ghagde, Mr. Burge, Member KDLTA, Mr. Mehul Kenia and AITA Supervisor Ms. Sejal Kenia.


Following are the result


Boys Under 12: - Prathmesh Patil bt Omar Sumar 7-6(8-6), 1-6, 6-2

Boys under 14: - Sandesh Kurale bt Khushal Choudhari 6-1, 6-4

Girls under 14: - Saina Deshpande bt Mahi Shinde 6-0, 6-1

Boys Doubles 14: - Sandesh Kurale / Kushal Choudhari bt Pranav Gadgil / Arjun Abhyankar 6-0, 6-0

Girls Doubles 14: - Saina Deshpande / Omi Mehta bt Sanjivani Kutwal / Mahi Shinde 3-6, 6-1, 13/11