The final in the men’s category was billed out as the match to watch out for. After the top seeds tumbled out of the tournament,there was hardly any big name left in the tournament- the HTA-AITA Rs 1.5 lakh men and women tennis tournament held at Harvest Tennis Academy at Jassowal in Ludhiana on Friday. It only made Hardeep Sandhu more determined because he sensed a chance here to win the title.
The victory,as Hardeep imagined,would have been special in his own village. But between him and the title was Ajay Yadav,a strapping young lad who had upset many big players.
But what a game Hardeep played in the final. Ranked No. 9 in U-18 AITA rankings,he had the game and the talent to beat Yadav. He did it in style. He lost just one game in the first set and annexed it 6-1. Firing aces and powerful forehands from the other side of the court,Hardeep looked in supreme touch as he went for the kill. Yadav did not have any answer to Hardeep’s might and talent and conceded the match after he was staring down the barerl with two game down in the second set.
James Downing,Tennis Director and tennis scout who taken over as coach and mentor to Hardeep and Rajbir Kaur expressed his plesaure. “It was the thrill of the support from the local villagers that made this event so special for me. Having planned this event for 6 months and to see how such a great event can be made possible with players show casing their talents and gaining some international attention,it just feels that Indian tennis and talented players from Punjab are really begining to shine,” he said.
In the womens singles,Samriti defeated Vineeta Singh,6-3,6-3,in another intense match. In the mens doubles,Ronit Bisht and Ajay Yadak got a walkover. Also,Rajbir Kaur and her partner Vineeta Singh scooped up the doubles women’s trophy after defeating Shehnaz Singh and Simran Wadhwa,6-0,6-2.