When the heavens opened before the start of the third set,Sagar Bains,the top seed,heaved a sigh of relief. Even though he had won the second set 6-3 after losing the first set 4-6,Sagar knew he was not playing at his best,and to avoid an ignimonous defeat,he needed a miracle. And when it rained,it seemed his prayers had been answered. As the sky grew darker and the final match in the boy’s u-14 age category was interrupted,it seemed Sagar had lived to fight another day.
Well not for long.
The rain soon stopped and after the hard court was dried,the umpires called the players again to resume the match. While it was bad news for Sagar,his opponent,Gurjot Singh,who was seeded third in the tournament,had spring in his step. He just needed to fend off Sagar like he did in the first set to script a morale-boosting win. He just managed to did that even though Sagar put up a valiant fight.
Locked at 6-all in the third set,it could have been’s anybody game. As the match went into the tie-break,the pressure was all on Sagar while Gurjot went about his usual business. Gurjot kept his nerves and deservedly won the tie-break 7-5 to claim the u-14 title.
Earlier,Gurjot got off a perfect start as he stunned Sagar to claim the first set 6-4. The top seed,however,made a good comeback and won the second set 6-3.
But Sagar made up for the loss in the u-14 singles final by winning the doubles title in the same age category. Sagar parterned with Rishabh Sharda and defeated Sabrang Sandal and Calvin Golmei 5-3,4-2 to clinch the title.
Meanwhile,top seed and girls’ u-12 national champion,Prinkle Singh,overcame a stiff resistance from Bani Singh to pocket under-14 singles title. She beat Bani 6-4,7-6 (3). In the second set,Prinkle was serving 40-0 in the ninth game but Bani broke her to level the set 5-5. Both players held their serves to make it 6-6. In the tie-break,Prinkle took a 5-0 lead and then lost only three points to win the set and match at 7-3 in tie-break.
Similarly,top seed Rajbir Kaur dominated the under-18 singles and doubles matches by clinching both the titles. In the singles category,she completely bamboozled her opponent and fourth seed Aarushi Kakkar and lost just one game to win the final match 6-1,6-0. She then partnered with Pooja Mourya to beat their opponents Nikita Bishnoi and Bhavya Wadhawan 4-1,4-3,to win the title.
The boys’ u-18 singles title was won by third seed Allen Johnson who upset second seed Ranjeet Singh of CLTA 6-3,0-6,6-3 in a marathon three-setter. In the final set,Allen broke Ranjeet in the fourth game and he held his serve to win the set 6-3.
Final: Boys: U-14: singles: Gurjot Singh bt. Sagar Bains 4-6,6-3,7-6 (5); doubles: Sagar Bains/Rishabh Sharda bt. Sabrang Sandal/ Calvin Golmei 5-3,4-2; u-18: singles: Allen Johnson bt. Ranjeet Singh 6-3,0-6,6-3; doubles: Kundal Allen/Hardeep Sandhu bt. Sumit Pal Singh./Qamar Faisal 1-4,4-1,7-4; girls: u-14: Prinkle Singh bt. Bani Singh 6-4,7-6 (3); u-18: singles: Rajbir Kaur bt. Aarushi Kakkar 6-1,6-0; doubles: Rajbir Kaur/Pooja Mourya bt. Nikita Bishnoi/Bhavya Wadhawan 4-1,4-3.