Lakshya-Bharat Forge supported tennis player Arjun Kadhe would be the lone Indian in the singles main draw of the Junior French Open that will begin in Paris on Monday. The 18-year-old Kadhe will be the only Indian in the singles category of the French Open since world number 233 Somdev Devvarman is still recovering from injury and Sania Mirza has decided to concentrate on doubles till the London Olympics.
Kadhe,who trains under Hemant Bendrey in Pune,left for Paris on Wednesday night since the junior events begin from June 2. To be in the main draw of the French Open is difficult and it is a matter of pride to be Indias sole entry in the singles at this years French open. I hope to give my best, Kadhe said. The Indian junior contingent will also hope that womens national champion Rutuja Bhosale qualifies for the main draw of the girls singles category. The 16-year-old Lakshya-Bharat Forge supported player would begin her qualifying campaign in the junior girls event from Thursday. Rutuja had reached the girls doubles semi-final in the Australian Open earlier this year and has been shortlisted among the four possible doubles partner for Mirza if she gets a direct berth in the London Olympics womens doubles event.
Deccan eves make clean sweep
Deccan Gymkhana made a clean sweep in the girls section winning all three title in the Deccan Tennis Championship 2012 at their home courts,on Wednesday. Making the hosts proud were Sneha Ranade (Under-10),Shambhavi Nadkarni (Under-12) and Anahita Pande (under-14). Shambhavi played out the toughest of the six finals lined up on the day winning the tie-breaker. In the boys Under-10 section,Solaris Yashraj Dalvi brushed aside the challenge of Jay Devkar to win 7-4. In the final of the Under-12 section,Karan Thirani overcame his compatriot Dhawal Shejwal 8-5. In the Under-14 section Sanket Tambat of PCMC made it look easy when he took on Deccans Aneesh Patankar. Sanket defeated Aneesh 8-2 in a one-sided match. The girls section was an all Deccan Gymkhana affair. Sneha took the first crown as she down Mallika Marathe 7-3 for the girls Under-10 crown. Likewise,in the Under-12 section,it took a tie-breaker for Shambhavi Nadkarni as she overcame Riya Joshi 8-7 (7-3) in a hard-fought match. The girls Under-14 finals saw Anahita Pande coming on top against Mohana Navare with a convincing 8-5 victory.