Karman Kaur of Delhi missed out on a hat-trick of titles but still had enough fire left in her cylinders to win the girl’s Under-14 and -16 singles singles titles in the CLTA-AITA Super Series tennis tournament at the CLTA Stadium in Sector 10 on Friday. However,she failed to win the girl’s Under-16 doubles title.
Karman got the desired start that she had hoped for. After taking an unassailable 6-1 lead in the first set,there was no stopping her. Playing her shots to perfection,Karman hardly took any time to dispose of Shruta Kirti Gunuganti of Andhra Pradesh,her opponent,and beat her 6-3 in the second set to annex the title.
She was even more belligerent in the girl’s Under-16 singles final,in which she faced city-mate Vanshika Sawhney. The latter’s injury also did not help as Karman easily took the first set 6-0. In the second set,trailing Karman by 2-0,Vanshika could no longer play and conceded the match to gift Karman her second title of the day.
However,when it came to the girl’s Under-16 doubles match,Karman failed to recreate the earlier magic in the company of her partner Prabhuti Singhania and lost to Mihika Yadav and Sruta Kriti Gunuganti in the final 3-6,5-7.
Meanwhile,Udayan Bhakar of Rajasthan prevailed over Allen Johnson Kundan of Karnataka to clinch the boy’s Under-16 singles title. Bhakar kept his nerves and took the first set 7-6(5) in the tie-breaker. Thereafter,he was back to his usual best and won the second set 6-4 to bag the title.
Paramveer Singh Bajwa of Punjab,who was looking to win both the boy’s Under-14 singles and Under-16 doubles titles,could emerge triumphant in only one final,in the Under-14 section. Facing Faisal Qamar of Rajasthan,Bajwa started off badly and lost the first set 4-6. After the initial hiccup,he bounced back remarkably and played some good shots from the baseline to win the second set 7-5. Bolstered by the win,Bajwa rounded off the match by clinching the final set 6-2 to annex the title.
boys; Under-14 doubles: Parikshit Somani (ASM) & Sanil Jagtiani (WB) bt Mingki Talom (A) & Divyansh Khatri (DL) 5-7,7-6(3),10-5; U-16 doubles: Akhil Bansal (PB) & Sumit Pal Singh (J&K) bt Param Pun (CH) & Paramveer Singh Bajwa (CH) 3-6,7-6(8),10-6.