Denim Yadav and Daksh Prasad, top seeds in boys’ singles, were made to work hard to progress to the second round of the 29th National Junior U-18 Clay Court Tennis Championship at the SDAT Stadium in Chennai on Monday.
While Denim was forced to save a few set points in his 6-1, 7-6 (3) win over lucky loser Pranav Gadgil, Daksh found himself on the brink of elimination, trailing 4-6, 2-5 against Tushar Mittal. The second seed from Madhya Pradesh, however, found his rhythm just in time to reel off five straight games in the second set before claiming the third 6-4.
Fifth seed Skandha Prasanna Rao and 12th seed Deep Munim were knocked out, suffering straight-set losses.
Highlights of National Junior U-18 Clay Court Tennis Championship
- ⦿Day 6: Kriish Tyagi, Vaishnavi Adkar defeat top seeds to win singles titles
- ⦿Day 5: Madhurima-Ruma pair wins girls doubles title; Denim-Vansh champion in boys doubles
- ⦿Day 5: Kriish Tyagi to face Denim Yadav in singles final
- ⦿Day 4: Sisters Asmi, Vaishnavi storm into doubles final
- ⦿Day 3: Packed schedule on day three tests youngsters
- ⦿Day 2: Exit scare for fifth seed Madhurima; top seeds Suhitha, Vaishnavi through to pre-quarters
- ⦿Day 1: Daksh Prasad digs deep to reach second round
- ⦿Underarm serve, upsets, bad light and the drama of qualifying
Shrijana M. Thapa and Kkaira S. Chetnani completed the main draw of 48 in girls’ singles after winning their respective final-round qualifying matches which were interrupted on Sunday due to bad light. Kkaira was back on court after a few hours to play her opening-round match in the main draw.
Highlight of the day
The highlight of the day was a gruelling three-set battle between Tanishq Jadhav and Arjun Premkumar that went on for almost three hours. Karnataka’s Arjun, unseeded, took the opening set 6-3. Tanishq, 15th seed from Maharashtra, ran through the second set, clinching it 6-1 to level things up. The deciding third set looked headed towards a 10-point tiebreak when Tanishq broke Arjun’s serve in the 11th game before successfully serving out the match.
Moment of concern
Gujarat’s Sakshi Thakkar was leading 6-3, 5-4 in her first-round fixture against Telangana’s Nirali Padaniya.
However, before she could even serve for the match, she was down on her knees near the baseline and threw up. The physio had to be called as she also suffered from a ligament stretch.
While Sakshi did not retire, she could barely serve or return. Nirali bagged the second set in the tiebreak before breezing through the decider.
All 16 seeds in girls’ singles were awarded bye in the opening round and will directly feature in the second round on Tuesday. Doubles action for both categories will begin at the same time.