In a match that lasted for three grueling hours under the hot afternoon sun,Shambhavi Nadkarni triumphed over Ratuja Jadhav and moved into the final of the BU Bhandari Under-14 AITA Talent Series tennis tournament. The tournament is being played at Deccan Gymkhana tennis courts.
In the first semifinal of the day,Nadkarni faced off against an in-form Jadhav. Both players began aggressively,serving accurately and hammering powerful ground-strokes. The first set went right down to the wire and finally after a tense tie-break,Jadhav clinched the opener 6-7 (8-10). However,with the sun beating down,Jadhav seemed a little fatigued after her marathon first set effort.
Nadkarni then shifted gears to claim the next two sets with a 6-3,6-4 margin and moved into the final of the tournament.
In the other semifinal in the girls category,Salsa Aher prevailed over Sayuri Garud to set up a final date with Nadkarni. Aher took the first set 7-5 with Garud causing a few problems with her loopy strokes. Aher gradually came to grips with the high trajectory and then seemed to impose herself taking the second set 6-2.
In the boys categorym Aditya Iyer demolished Harshal Rukhaiyar 6-1,6-1 to move into the finals. Iyer put up an imperious show as he almost toyed with Rukhaiyar employing a network of powerful forehands,which were hit deep along the baseline.
In the second semifinal,Eeshan Lumba fought back gloriously after his opponent Prasanna Bagde took the first set 3-6. Bagde,seemed to be hardly troubled and looked good to seal a final spot,only for Lumba to fire on all cylinders in the second and third set. Lumba pocketed the second set,
6-0,hardly giving Bagde a chance. In the third set,Lumba lost only one game,taking the set 6-1 and progressing into the finals of the tournament.