Top seed Arpit Sharma of Rajasthan huffed and puffed before securing a hard-fought 6-1,5-7,6-4 win over qualifier Sahil Sachdeva in the first round of the main draw in the men’s category of the HTA-AITA Rs 1.5 lakh prize money tennis tournament held at Harvest Tennis Academy in Jassowal,Ludhiana,on Monday.
Despite winning the first set,6-1,the top seed hardly looked convincing. Sahil capitalised on Arpit’s shortcomings and won the second set 5-7. It was in the final set that Arpit showed his class and played some stunning shots to win 6-4,and enter the next round.
Second seed Yash Deshpande cruised to an easy 6-2,6-4 win over lucky loser Ranjeet Singh. Third seed Siddhesh Khade of Maharashtra lost just one game as he outclassed Rahul Seth,6-1,6-0. Fourth seed Bharat Bhardwaj of Haryana defeated Maninder Singh of Haryana,6-1,6-4,while fifth seed Keneisezot Whourie of National Tennis Academy prevailed over Ankit Sachdeva,5-7,6-3,6-2,in an exciting encounter. However,seventh seed Nishant Ankar Rebello was beaten 6-0,6-2 by qualifier Gurinder Singh.
In the women’s section,top seed Sanya Madan of Uttar Pradesh got bye into the next round. Second seed Renu Sharma of National Tennis Academy also got bye into the next round. Third seed Shehnaz Singh of Delhi,fourth seed Vineeta Singh of Delhi,fifth seed Simran Wadhwa of Delhi also got byes into the next round. Sixth seed Kirandeep Kotade of Gujarat defeated Joshini Tuli of Delhi,6-3,6-4,to move to the next round.
Men: Arpit Sharma (RAJ) bt Sahil Sachdeva 6-1,5-7,6-4; Gurvinder Mann (DLI) bt Archit Jain 6-2,6-2; Ronit Bisht bt Suyash V Sharma 6-2,6-2; Gurinder Singh bt Nishant Ankar 6-0,6-2; Siddhesh Khade (MAH) bt Rahul Seth 6-1,6-0; Ajay Yadav bt Suraj Desai (GUJ) 6-4,7-6(3); Vilasier Khate (NTA) bt Tanishq Mahendru 6-3,6-2; Ankit Sachdeva bt Keneisezot Whourie (NTA) 5-7,6-3,6-2; Gagan Sharma (RAJ) bt Sameep Maheta (GUJ) 0-6,6-1,6-2; Dhruv Goyal (DLI) bt Ravinder Singh (PB) 6-3,6-0; Deepinder Bains bt Yuvraj Chaudhary 6-1,6-2; Bharat Bhardwaj (HAR) bt Maninder Singh (HAR) 6-1,6-4; Hardeep Sandhu (PB) bt Anubhav Chaudhary (DLI) 6-1,6-3; Garry Tokas (DLI) bt Shadab Mohammad (DLI) 6-4,6-3; Rakshit Rishi bt Pradeep Deswal (HAR) 6-0,6-2; Yash Deshpande (MAH) bt Ranjeet Singh 6-2,6-4.
Women: Sanya Madan (UP) bye,Rajbir Kaur (PUN) bt Avani Mittal 6-0,6-1; Pragya Sinha bt Manisha Biswas 6-2,6-3; Simran Wadhwa (DLI) bye,Nikita Bishnoi (HAR) bt Indu Punia (DLI) 6-2,6-0; Simarjeet Kaur bt Aashna Arora 6-0,6-1; Avika Sagwal bt Krutika S Raj (KAR) 7-5,6-0; Samriti bt Prachi Sinha 6-1,6-0; Jaya Bhandari bt Shallu Soni 6-1,6-0; Sachi Belwal (UTK) bt Nisha Singh 6-1,6-0; Shehnaz Singh (DLI) bye,Kirandeep Kotade (GUJ) bt Joshini Tuli (DLI) 6-3,6-4; Pooja Mourya (PB) bt Preetnain Grewal 6-3,6-4; Gayatri Kumariah (CHD) bt Dimpy Khirwar 7-5,6-3; Renu Sharma (NTA) bye.
Skating meet from April 27
PANCHKULA: The 2nd Manav Mangal open speed skating carnival will be organised by Rolling Tigers at Manav Mangal School,Sector 11,Panchkula,on April 27 and 28. All the skating lovers from Tricity in the age groups Under-4 to Above-16 years can participate in various levels of rink races and road races. For details,contact Chander Singha,organising secretary,at 9878925557. Interested skaters can collect and submit the entry forms from Manav Mangal School,Sector 11,Panchkula,in the evening.