Vignesh stuns seeded Manish to enter final
Mumbai, Feb 10 (PTI) Unseeded Prenamallur Vignesh of Andhra Pradesh stunned third seed Manish Sureshkumar of Tamil Nadu in two straight sets to enter the men's singles final of the Rs 22-lakh JVPG Anirudh Desai All India Open Tennis tournament today.
Vignesh subdued his much younger opponent Manish 6-3, 6-2 to earn a shot in tomorrow's final against seventh seed Siddharth Vishwakarma of Chhattisgarh who beat back a late challenge from fourth seed Kunal Anand of Delhi 6-2, 7-6(4) in the other semi final.
The 30-year-old Vignesh, ranked 30th in the country, was in his element and quashed the aspirations of the 18-year-old Sureshkumar, ranked 17th, who was unable to put up a fight and caved in rather meekly.
In the second semi-final, Vishwakarma too comfortably defeated his Delhi rival Anand in straight sets after trailing 2-4 in the second set tie-breaker before reeling off five successive points to clinch the set and the match.
Top seed Mahak Jain of MP and no. 6 seed Humera Shaikh of Telengana will contest the women's singles final, also scheduled for tomorrow.
In the women's semis, Mahak tamed fourth seed Nithyaraj Baburaj of Tamil Nadu 6-0, 6-3 while Humera advanced to the final without getting on the court as her opponent Mihika Yadav of Maharashtra did not report for the match as she is unwell.
Other Results: Women's doubles (Final): Eetee Maheta (GJ)/ Shweta Chandra Rana (DL) bt Nidhi Chilumula (TS)/Rishika Sunkara (DL) 6-4, 4-6, 11-9.
Men's doubles (semi-finals): Anirudh Chandrasekar (TS)/ Peranamallur Vighnesh (AP) bt Kunal R Vazirani (MAH)/ Prajwal Dev (KA) 6-4, 6-2; Manish Sureshkumar (TN)/ Prithvi Sekhar (TN) bt Niki Poonacha (AP)/ Ankit Chopra 6-2, 2-6, 10-4.
Mixed doubles (semi-finals): Niki Poonacha (AP)/Rishika Sunkara (DL) bt Peranamallur Vighnesh (AP)/ Sai Samhitha (TN) 5-7, 6-3, 10-7; Paras Dahiya (HR)/Eetee Maheta (GJ) bt Anirudh Chandrasekar (TS)/ Kaaviya Balasubramanian (TN) 4-6, 6-3, 11-9