After their recent exposure trip to Madrid,where they trained under renowned coaches for three weeks,Ranjit Singh and Vikrant Dahiya played for the first time and reached the semi-finals of the UT Open Tennis Tournament Under-19 (boys and girls) at Lake Sports Complex,on Friday. Looking sharp and composed,both Ranjit and Vikrant raked up impressive victories in their quarterfinal encounters. Later,they paired to reach the boys’ Under-19 doubles semi-finals.
Ranjit,who over the course of three weeks in Madrid won a title and finished as runner-up,outplayed Dheer Anush Bhatti 8-4 in the quarter-final encounter. Both Ranjit and Bhatti had earlier registered thumping 8-0 victories over their respective opponents in the pre-quarters. While Ranjit thrashed Puru 8-0,Bhatti also did not lose a single game and blanked Mandeep 8-0.
On the other hand,Dahiya,who also came up with several impressive performances in Madrid,defeated Manjot Singh 8-3. He had earlier overcame Paramveer Bajwa 8-6 in the third round. Meanwhile,the other two players to reach the boys’ Under-19 singles semi-finals were Digvijay Partap and Param Pun. Partap crushed Sabrang Sandal 8-2 while Param got the better of Himanshu Saini 8-5.
In the doubles encounter,Ranjit and Dahiya gelled well to register an emphatic 0-4,4-1,7-2 win against Manjot Singh and Karan. After stuttering in the first round,which they lost 0-4,Ranjit and Dahiya made a superb comeback and claimed the second set 4-1. They also won the final set 7-2. Paramveer Bajwa and Param Pun also reached the doubles semis by registering a crushing 4-0,4-0 win over Puru and Siddharth.
Meanwhile,in the girls’ Under-19 singles,Aarushu Kakkar played well during her impressive 8-2 win over Pious Mugdil,to reach the semis. She was joined by CLTA mate Charvi Saxena who easily defeated Gayatri 8-3. On the other hand,Preet Nain Grewal outclassed Smeera 8-2 and Himanshika defeated Garima Mann 8-4.
Boys: U-19: quarter-finals: Singles: Ranjit Singh bt Dheer Anush Bhatti 8-4,Vikrant Dhaiya bt Manjot Singh 8-3,Digvijay Partap bt Sabrang Sandal 8-2,Param Pun bt Himanshu Saini 8-5; 3rd round: Ranjit bt Puru 8-0,Dheer Anush Bhatti bt Mandeep 8-0,Manjot Singh bt Jeevesa 8-1,Vikrant Dahiya bt Paramveer Bajwa 8-6,Digvijay Partap bt Archit 8-0,Sabrang Sandal bt Mehul Bansal 8-4,Himanshu Saini bt Vaibhav Rattan 8-0,Param Pun bt Rahul Seth 8-5; Doubles: Quarters: Ranjit/Vikrant bt Manjot/Karan 0-4,4-1,7-2; Paramveer /Param Pun bt Puru/Siddarth 4-0,4-0; Raghav/Himanshu bt Rajdeep/Taiwa 4-0,4-1; Digvijay/Rahul Seth bt Archit/Nishant 4-0,4-0; pre-quarters: Manjot/Karan bt Mandeep/Ritwik 4-0,4-2; Paramveer /Param Pun bt Abhinav/Jeevesh 4-0,4-0; Pru/Siddarth bt Gautam/Parveen 3-5,4-0,10-8; Rajdeep/Tarun bt Rahul/Sehajpreet 4-5(3),4-2,7-4; Raghav/Himanshu bt Vaibhav/Ankit 4-0,4-0;
Girls: Quarters: Preet Nain Grewal bt Smeera 8-2,Himanshika bt Garima Mann 8-4,Aarushi Kakkar bt Pious Mudgil 8-2,Charvi Saxsena bt Gaytri 8-3; Doubles: Harleen/Himanshi bt Ibadat/Rahat 4-1,4-1; Mansi/Smeera bt Reet/Shamita W.O; Bhavya/Charvi bt Preet Nain/Sanjam 4-0,4-1.