Qualifier Abhishek Mangle of Pune laid low sixth-seeded city rival Kapeesh Khandge in straight sets to advance to the quarter-finals of the Parsram J Vazirani Memorial All India Junior Open Talent Series tennis tournament for boys and girls under-12 on Tuesday.
Mangle,who beat another qualifier from Pune Sujan Parab in the first round,overcame Khandge 4-1,4-2 and set up a quarter-final clash with top seed Siddhant Bhavnani who led the other seeds into the last eight.
Matches are played as per the short sets format. Among those joining Bhavnani in the next round were second seed K S Vishisht Raam of Tamil Nadu and third seed Rayyan Sayyed of Nashik.
Girls’ top seed Bhakti Parwani of Gujarat survived a scare before rallying to beat unseeded Mitali Shetty of Maharashtra 2-4,5-3,4-2 in a thrilling second round encounter.
Parwani surprisingly dropped the opening set as she struggled to find the form that earned her a top billing. Shetty battled on but lost the second set in a tight finish before Parwani sealed the match in the decider following a crucial advantage.
Fifth seed Avyakta Thorat also survived a threat from unseeded Smita Walhekar before snatching an exciting 5-3,5-3 win in an all-Pune contest. In contrast,second seed Sanya Singh,third seed Akanksha Nitture and No. 4 and Avyaktas sister Anaya cruised into the quarter-finals.
Results: Boys (2nd round): 1-Siddhant Bhavnani (Mah) bt Shreejit Sen (Mah) 4-0,4-1; Abhishek Mangle (Mah) bt 6-Kapeesh Khandge (Mah) 4-1,4-2; 4-Aditya Sriram (Mah) bt Leston Vaz (Mah) 4-2,4-5 (7-1),5-3; 8-Rahul Verma (Mah) bt Amaan Tezabwala (Mah) 4-2,4-1; Aryan Sharma (Mah) bt Hrushikesh Vaidya (Mah) 5-4 (9-7),4-1; 3-Rayyan Sayyed (Mah) bt Veer Shah (Mah) 4-0,4-1; 7-Oum Parikh (Guj) bt Ahaan Melmane (Mah) bt 4-0,4-2; 2-K.S. Vishisht Raam (TN) bt Aahir Hattangadi (Mah) 4-2,4-2. Girls (2nd round): 1-Bhakti Parwani (Guj) bt Mitali Shetty (Mah) 2-4,5-3,4-2; 7-Sana Khanna (Mah) bt Rochana Gopalakrishna (TN) 5-3,4-1; 3-Akanksha Nitture (Mah) bt Anokha Shetty (Mah) 4-0,4-1; 6-Tanaaya Sah (Mah) bt Sholka Sajdeh (Mah) 4-1,4-2; 5-Avyakta Thorat (Mah) bt Smita Walhekar (Mah) 5-3,5-3; 4-Anaya Thorat (Mah) bt Kundali Majgaine (Mah) 4-1,4-1; 2-Sanya Singh (Mah) bt Samradnyee Gaikwad (Mah) 4-0,4-0.