Hitesh Chauhan who entered under-16 semifinals in the National tennis championship in Delhi on Thursday. | Photo Credit: Kamesh Srinivasan
Hitesh Chauhan outclasses Aarjun Pandit to reach under-16 semis at sub-junior tennis nationals
Hitesh Chauhan gave a hint of his strong all-round game as he beat seventh seed Aarjun Pandit with considerable authority at 6-3, 6-2 in the under-16 quarterfinals of the Fenesta National sub-junior tennis championship at the DLTA Complex on Thursday.
Serving big and quite explosive on the groundstrokes, Hitesh, antrainee of RoundGlass Academy in Chandigarh, retained a high degree of intensity right through the match to cut the escape routes of his energetic opponent.
In the semifinals, Hitesh will clash with Kandhavel Mahalingam who eased past fifth seed Tanussh Ghildyal after a tight first set.
In the other semifinal, second seed Debasis Sahoo will take on Arjun Rathi.
In the girls under-16 event, Laxmi Siri Dandu overcame a sedate start and a spell of weakness that drew medical attention, to beat Saijayani Banerjee in three sets. She will play Saumya Ronde in the semifinals. Mahika Khanna cut through the defensive tactics of Riya Sachdeva to set up the other semifinal against Maaya Rajeshwaran.
In the under-14 girls event, Manognya Madasu stepped it up after losing the first set, to outplay third seed Aishwarya Jadhav.
Bopanna and Middelkoop progress to semifinals in Antwerp
Second seeds, Rohan Bopanna and Matwe Middelkoop, sailed into the doubles semifinals with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Daniel Evans and Jonny O’Mara in the €725,540 ATP tennis tournament in Antwerp, Belgium, on Thursday.
In the €115,000 WTA event in Rouen, France, Ankita Raina and Rosale van der Hoek went fighting 7-10 in the super tie-break agains thte top seeds Natela Dzalamidze and Kamila Rakhimova in the doubles quarterfinals.
€725,540 ATP, Antwerp, Belgium
Doubles (quarterfinals): Matwe Middelkoop (Ned) & Rohan Bopanna bt Daniel Evans & Jonny O’Mara (GBR) 6-4, 6-1; Pre-quarterfinals: Middelkoop & Bopanna bt Sander Gille & Joran Vliegen (Bel) 3-6, 7-6(5), [10-4].
$159,360 Challenger, Busan, Korea
Doubles (quarterfinals): Yuki Bhambri & Saketh Myneni bt Seong-chan Hong & Sanhui Shin (Kor) 6-2, 6-7(0), [10-6].
€115,000 WTA, Rouen, France
Doubles (quarterfinals): Natela Dzalamidze (Geo) & Kamilla Rakhimova bt Rosalie van der HOek (Ned) & Ankita Raina 3-6, 6-3, [10-7].
$53,120 Challenger, Ambato, Ecuador
Doubles (quarterfinals): Sriram Balaji & Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan w.o. Andreas Andrade (Ecu & Tristan McCormick (USA); Pre-quarterfinals: Balaji & Jeevan bt Cayetano March (Ecu) & Joao Lucas Reis Da Silva (Bra) 6-2, 7-6(3).
$53,120 Challenger, Coquimbo, Chile
Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Andra Collarini (Arg) bt Sumit Nagal 6-2, 6-1.
$25,000 ITF men, Harlingen, USA
Singles (first round): Martin Damm jr (USA) bt Vijay Sundar Prashanth 6-3, 6-4.
$15,000 ITF men, Monastir, Tunisia
Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Hady Habib bt Niki Poonacha 6-1, 6-7(4), 6-3.
$60,000 ITF women, Macon, USA
Singles (first round): Emma Navarro (USA) bt Riya Bhatia 6-3, 6-0.
Advita and Krishna advance to junior national finals
Top seed Advita Sharma fought her way past Sonya Bajaj 11-4, 8-11, 11-7, 9-11, 12-10 in the under-19 girls semifinals of the National junior squash championship at the Bombay Gymkhana on Thursday.
In the under-19 boys semifinals, Kirshna Mishra beat top seed Om Semwal 11-3, 1-11, 11-8,11-8 in the semifinals.
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