Tennis Nationals: Ranjeet breezes through pre-quarters

Former national champion V. M. Ranjeet teased and toyed with the talented Rishi Reddy for a 6-3, 6-2 victory in the first round of the Fenesta National tennis championship, at the DLTA Complex here on Tuesday.

Ranjeet called the shots with his crisp and energetic game. He will play Sai Saran Reddy in the pre-quarterfinal.   -  A. Muralitharan

Former national champion V. M. Ranjeet teased and toyed with the talented Rishi Reddy for a 6-3, 6-2 victory in the first round of the Fenesta National tennis championship, at the DLTA Complex here on Tuesday. In a high-quality contest interspersed with fine rallies of athleticism and imaginative play, Ranjeet called the shots with his crisp and energetic game. He will play Sai Saran Reddy in the pre-quarterfinal.

Former national champion Vishnu Vardhan was sharp in dismissing Sivadeep Kosaraju for the loss of three games. He will play the young Paramveer Singh Bajwa, who battled his way past the fluent stroking and surprisingly agile, Rupesh Roy. Dalwinder Singh blanked the national junior champion B. R. Nikshep, after the latter stayed on course in the junior section, by reaching the third round as the top seed.

Another former national champion, second seed Mohit Mayur, fifth seed Kunal Anand, seventh seed Siddharth Vishwakarma and eighth seed Jayesh Pungliya made the second round. In the women’s section, rain played havoc, but gave respite to top seed Dhruthi Venugopal caught in a tricky duel against qualifier Mihika Yadav. Dhruthi led 7-6(3), 1-6, 5-4 when rain stopped play. Seventh seed Sowjanya Bavisetti was in a spot of bother as qualifier Vaidehi Chaudhari was 2-0 up in the third set.

Shweta Rana, energised with her employment with the Railways, was leading 5-0 against second seed Rishika Sunkara when rain brought the proceedings to an end. When play resumed two hours later after the courts were dried, another spell of rain closed the proceedings at night. Second seed Rishika Sunkara and former finalist Shweta Rana were locked in a tough battle. Nidhi was cruising at 6-1, 4-0 against Saumya Vig.

In the junior boys’ event, Oges Theyjo, brother of Mohit Mayur, made the third round as his opponent, sixth seed Abhimanyu Vannem Reddy retired with a bout of cramps in the third set.

The results:

Men (first round): Vishnu Vardhan bt Sivadeep Kosaraju 6-0, 6-3; paramveer Singh Bajwa bt Rupesh Roy 4-6, 6-4, 6-2; Dalwinder Singh bt BR Nikshep 6-0, 6-0; VM Ranjeet bt Rishi Reddy 6-3, 6-2; Kunal Anand bt Suraj Prabodh 6-2, 6-4; Jayesh Pungliya bt Param Pun 6-3, 6-1; Irfan Hussain bt Anurag Nenwani 6-4, 6-4; Abhinav Sanjiv bt Anvit Bendre 6-2, 6-2; Siddharth Vishwakarma bt Yugal Bansal 6-4, 7-5; Suresh Dakshineshwar bt Prajwal Dev 4-6, 6-1, 6-0; Tejas Chaukulkar bt Dhruv Sunish 6-4, 6-1; Mohit Mayur bt Abhinansu Borthakur 6-4, 6-3.

Women (first round): Prathiba Narayan bt Moulika Ram 7-6(5), 6-2; Eetee Maheta bt Arthi Muniyan 6-2, 6-3; Under-18 boys (second round): BR Nikshep bt Ashutosh Tiwairi 6-0, 7-6(7); Rian Pandole bt Himanshu Mor 6-1, 6-1; Suresh Dakshineshwar bt Anurag Nenwani 6-3, 6-2; Alex Solanki bt Calvin Golmei 7-6(3), 6-7(3), 6-3; Nitin Kumar Sinha bt Divesh Gahlot 6-0, 6-0; Ishaque Eqbal bt Sacchitt Sharma 6-1, 6-4; Mritunjay Badola bt CH Arjun 6-3, 6-4; Abhinav Sanjeev bt Madwin Kamath 6-2, 6-3; Paramveer Singh Bajwa bt Sanil Jagtiani 6-2, 6-1; Rishabh Sharda bt Karteek Reddy 5-7, 6-2, 6-0; Yugal Bansal bt Shubham Malhotra 7-6(4), 6-4; Sanket Tomar bt Mingki Talom 6-0, 6-3; Oges Theyjo bt Abhimanyu Vannem Reddy 3-6, 7-6(3), retired; Param Pun bt Rishi Reddy 6-4, 6-3; Muthu Aadhitiya Senthilkumar bt Rithvik Choudhary 6-3, 6-2; dhruv Sunish bt Raghav Jaisinghani 6-1, 6-2.

Under-18 girls (second round): Urmi Pandya bt Nikhita Simhambhatla 6-0, 6-0; Rashmikaa Shrivalli bt Muskan Gupta 5-1 (retired); Lasya Patnaik bt Advaita Saravanan 6-1, 6-4; Lalita Devarakonda bt Shivani Manjanna 6-2, 6-3; Akanksha Bhan bt Bhakti Parwani 6-1, 6-4; Shivani Sravya bt Aarushi Kakkar 7-6(4), 6-4; Jennifer Luikham bt Archita Mahalwal 6-4, 6-0; Harsha Sai Challa bt Rashmika Rajan 6-1, 6-4; Sahaja Yamalapalli bt Sabhyata Nihalani 6-0, 6-0; Aarja Chakraborty bt Aesha Patel 7-5, 6-1; Yubrani Banerjee bt Shreya Gulia 6-3, 3-6, 6-3; Humera Shaik bt Smriti Singh 6-1, 6-2; Vasavi Ganesan bt Prinkle Singh 7-6(3), 7-5; Sai Dedeepya bt Shreya Tatavarthy 6-3, 6-3; Tanisha Kashyap bt Salsa Aher 6-1, 4-6, 6-4; Vaidehi Chaudhari bt Prathiba Prasad 6-0, 6-2.