Nagpurs Sharvil Navghare and Punes Shristi Dass emerged winners at the Rachna Lifestyle National Ranking Talent Series Tennis tournament,which concluded with two all-Maharashtra finals at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana on Saturday. In the boys’ under-18 final,unseeded Sharvil scored a 6-4,4-6,7-5 win in 3 hours over second seed Jayesh Pungaliya,breaking in the 12th game of the third set after sharing the first two sets. In the girls’ under-18 final,sixth seed Shrishti upset city-mate and top seed Kanishka Chawla 7-5,6-1.The total prize fund for the event was Rs. 50,000. The winners won 25 ranking points,the runner-up 20 points,the semifinalists 15 points each and the quarterfinalists 10 points each.
Boys: Sharvil Nawghare (Mah) beat Jayesh Pungliya (Mah,2) 6-4,4-6,7-5; Girls: Shrishti Das (Mah,6) bt Kanishka Chawla (Mah,1) 7-5,6-1.
Hard-fought win for Royal Eagle
Royal Eagle completed a thrilling 2-1 win over First Timers in the Challenger Group quarterfinals at the PDMBA Inter-Club badminton league on Saturday. Eagle started shakily,with Sudarshan Bhutada losing his men’s singles match in three games to Akshay Gadre 21-11,12-21,15-21. The doubles pair of Makarand Chitale and Anup Jamdagni brought them back to parity with a straight games win over Akshay Gadre and Omkar Joshi,leaving the tie in the balance. The final doubles tie was a humdinger. Bhutada and Chetan Shah took the first game 21-17,but Apoorva Javadekar and Ashish Kulkarni hit back by winning the second 23-21.
The deciding game was closer still,with a lengthy sudden-death period that ended with Bhutada and Shah prevailing with a 25-23 scoreline.In the semi-finals,Royal Eagle will be joined by Kawasaki Nike Strikers ‘B’,Apte Badminton Club and Invincibles,who recorded wins in their respective quarterfinals. Kawasaki Nike Strikers ‘B’ beat Deccan Tigers 2-0 (Akhilesh Joshi beat Atul Biniwale 21-18,21-19; Akhilesh Joshi/Saee Purandare beat Jayant Parakhi/Anil Patgaonkar 21-19,21-19).
Royal Eagle beat First Timers 2-1 (Sudarshan Bhutada lost to Akshay Gadre 21-11,12-21,15-21; Makarand Chitale/Anup Jamdagni beat Akshay Gadre/Omkar Joshi 21-8,21-12; Sudarshan Bhutada/Chetan Shah beat Apoorva Javadekar/Ashish Kulkarni 21-17,21-23,25-23). Apte Badminton Club beat Baddicts 2-1 (Ajinkya Dharmadhikari lost to Akshay Jogdeo 11-21,21-16,11-21; Samruddha Rathod/Chinmay Vaidya bt Akshay Jogdeo/Nitesh Khatpe 21-10,21-9; Chinmay Salpe/Santosh Ubale bt Aditya Dharmadhikari/Manjusha Sahasrabuddhe 21-16,21-9).Invincibles beat Fat Boys 2-1 (Abhishek Swadi bt Rohit Natu 21-12,21-10; Chinmay Deval/Gaurav Thote lost to Sangram Patil/Parag Tulpule 27-25,17-21,19-21; Rohan Bhuskute/Abhishek Swadi beat Vikrant Patil/Rohit Velhal 11-21,21-18,21-10).