ITF juniors: Karman Kaur Thandi lifts women's singles under 18 trophy
Kolkata, January 24 (IANS) Top seed India's Karman Kaur Thandi on Saturday lifted the Women's Singles Under 18 trophy at the ITF juniors here edging past Thailand's Y. Jittakoat 6-4, 7-5. Thandi, from 1-3 down in the first set, grabbed it by a close 6-4. She went down again in the second set, as the scoreboard displayed 5-2 in favour of Jittakoat.
From there, the 16-year-old Thandi made a stunning comeback as she won five consecutive games to win the championship in one hour 50 minutes.
In the Boys Singles Under 18, top-seeded Aryan Goveas was tamed for the first six games as Taipei's Cing Yang Meng, the 3rd seed of the draw, quickly pocketed the opening set by a dominating 6-0 in less than 30 minutes.
The second set saw a comeback from India's Goveas as he rallied to win the set by a close 7-5, taking the match to the decider. In the decider, Goveas excited the audience as he took a lead of 3-0 with double break of serves in no time. Meng, however, refused to give up and snatched four consecutive games, thereby leading by 4-3.
Goveas though held his serve at 3-4, levelling the set at 4-4 but ultimately failed to satisfy the cheering audience as Meng claimed the title by 6-0, 5-7, 6-4 in two hours five minutes.
Today's match score:
Boys Singles Under 18 (Final)
Cing Yang Meng (TPE)(3) defeated Aryan Goveas (IND)(1) 6-0, 5-7, 6-4
Girls Singles Under 18 (Final)
Karman Kaur Thandi (IND)(1) defeated Y. Jittakoat (THA)(6) 6-4, 7-5