Boys under-12 No. 8 seed Prasanna Bagade,girls under-12 fifth seed Dnyanada Patil and No. 7 Durva Deo crashed out on the opening day of the J.V. Parsram Junior Open All India Talent Series & Maharashtra State Ranking Tennis Tournament at the Vazirani National Sports Academy,Nerul,Navi Mumbai on Monday.
Qualifier Rayyan Sayed kicked off a dramatic day of upsets when he shocked Bagade 8-4 in a close contest,before unseeded Sanya Singh of Pune stunned Dnyanada Patil 8-5 and qualifier Ivana Shah upset Durva Deo 8-4.
On an ominous day for the favourites,it was Sanya Singh who stole the days honours with a significant win over Patil. Playing her maiden competition at the Vazirani Academy,the Std. IV student of RIMS International,Kondhva relished the new synthetic courts but not before recovering from an indifferent start.
Singh,who is the under-10 top seed,took time to settle down in the new conditions as she trailed 3-4,before she found her rhythm and focus to draw level at 5-5. There was power behind her strokes that forced Patil to spray the returns wide and long. Singh never looked back and surged to a confident win.
I took time to get accustomed to the new venue. But I kept the ball in and allowed Dnyanada to make the mistakes, explained Singh,who is Maharashtras reigning under-10 champion and the recipient of the DY Patil,Panchgani and Nashik titles and runner-up at NMSA and Aurangabad.
Boys under-12 fourth seed Shanay Amin of Maharashtra also survived a scare before overcoming compatriot Arjun Jashnani 8-7 (9-7) via a nail-biting tie-breaker. In contrast,top seed Heman Nama of Andhra Pradesh,second seed Krish Patel of Gujarat and No. 3 Kyle Cummings of Goa cruised to the second round with comfortable wins.
The tournament,being held under the auspices of the All India Tennis Association and Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association,includes the Talent Series for under-12,Maharashtra State Ranking for under-10 and (non-ranking) under-8 categories for boys and girls.
(1st Rd): Boys U-12: 1-Heman Nama (AP) bt Anmol Kothari 8-0; Eshan Lumba (Mah) bt Aakash Bhujang (Mah) 8-7 (7-4); Girish Chougle (Mah) bt Ahaan Shah 8-7 (7-1); Rayyan Sayed bt 8-Prasanna Bagade (Mah) 8-4; 4-Shanay Amin (Mah) bt Arjun Jashnani (Mah) 8-7 (9-7); Aman Shetty (Mah) bt Rohan Ravi 8-4; Vikram Patil (Mah) bt Saurav Banka (Mah) 8-4; 5-Dev Javia (Guj) bt Rohan Limaye (Mah) 8-5; 7-Siddhanth Bhavnani (Mah) bt Amish Berry (Mah) 8-6; Nihal Kothari bt Visharad Ravi 8-5; Pratuimula Nanekar bt Aryan Sanghvi 8-0; 3-Kyle Cummings (Goa) bt Tejasvi Mehra (Mah) 8-3; 6-Gunjan Jadhav (Mah) bt Aniket Patel (Guj) 8-1; Param Sabnani (Mah) bt Rikin Shah 8-6; Vir Makim bt Ahaan Melmane 8-3; 2-Krish Patel (Guj) bt Siddharth Jangbahadur 8-1. Girls U-12: 1-Mahak Jain (Mah) bt Manasvi Shetty 8-3; Sharanya Gaware (Mah) bt Gauri Bhagia 8-1; Anaya Thorat bt Tanaaya Sah 8-6; 6-Ishita Parikh (Mah) bt Riya Uboveja (Mah) 8-1; Richa Chougule (Mah) bt Rajnandini Kulkarni (Mah) 8-1; Aashka Maheta (Guj) bt Kundali Majgaine 8-6; Sanya Singh (Mah) bt 5-Dnyanada Patil (Mah) 8-5; Ivana Shah bt 7-Durva Deo (Mah) 8-4; Mitali Shetty bt Shireen Dotiwala 8-3; Sachi Kulkarni (Mah) bt Mansi Narade 8-1; 3-Anaiya Kaka (Mah) bt Ashwagandha Parade 8-2; 8-Akanksha Nitture (Mah) bt Avyakta Thorat 8-1; Eshita Singh (Mah) bt Khushi Ramaiya (Mah) 8-4; Sharanya Shetty (Mah) bt Swarda Parab 8-4; 2-Sanjeevani Patil (Mah) bt Sakshi Pednekar 8-2.