Till the semi-finals,Jajbir Singh hardly looked the player who would pose a challenge for the title. Though he raked up a few impressive victories,he wasn’t deemed as one of the potential winners. That mantle was worn by players like Param Pun and Udayan Bhakar. However,with another display of superlative tennis,Jajbir put himself among the strong contender for the boys’ Under-18 titles following an easy victory over Param Pun in the semi-finals. Growing in confidence with each outing,Jajbir also entered the final of the boys’ Under-18 doubles category while partnering Dalwinder Singh.
On Friday,in the CLTA-AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament at CLTA Complex in Sector 10,before the doubles final,Jajbir had another battle to win: the singles title. His opponent in the final was Dalwinder Singh,his doubles partner,who had upset Udayan Bhakar in the semis. Jajbir was spot-on in the final match right from the beginning.
Showing exquisite skills and sending down some powerful shots from the baseline,Jajbir started putting pressure on Dalwinder from the very first game. Losing just three game,Jajbir took the first set 6-3. He continued to play in a similar fashion and easily claimed the second set 6-2,to win the title.
With the singles title under his belt,Jajbir went into the doubles match with his confidence reaching sky high. He worked his magic on the CLTA courts with his partner and completely bamboozled their opponent,Raghav Jai Singhania and Param Pun,4-2,4-2.
For the second day running,Param Pun was on the receving end as Jajbir once again overshadowed him.
Meanwhile,in the girls’ Under-18 final,Bhavya Wadhawan also had the opportunity to bag twin titles. However,she failed to win the doubles title but managed to add the singles title to her name.
Taking complete control of the match,Bhavya launched her assault and easily bagged the first set 6-2. She continued to play some superb shots from the baseline and indulged Pooja in longer rallies in the second set. Losing just one game,Bhavya claimed the second set 6-1,to win the title.
However,in the girls’ U-18 doubles final,Gayatri Kumariah and Nandini Sharma proved too much for them. Bhavya and her partner,Aarushi Kakkar,gave a tough fight to them in the first set,which they went on to win 5-4 (4). The complexion of the match changed in the second set as Gayatri and Nandini gelled well and claimed the set 4-0. They were ruthless in the third set,which they won 7-0,to complete a memorable victory.
Meanwhile,Bani Singh lost just one game during her facile 6-1,6-0 win over Prakriti Bainwani,to clinch the girls’ Under-14 singles title. The boys’ Under-14 singles title was bagged by Aditya Vashisht as he got the better of Gurjot Singh 7-5,6-1,in the final encounter.
Also,Sabrang Sandal and Rishabh Sharda comfortably defeated Gurjot Singh and Aditya Vashisht 4-2,5-4 (7) to win the boys’ Under-14 doubles title.