Upsets highlight pre-qurterfinal round in Under-16 tennis
Pune - Unseeded Shrey Gupta from Haryana registered the biggest upset by packing off top-seeded Vishnu Prasad and storm into the quarterfinals of the boy’s singles in the Walchand Cup U-16 National Series junior tennis tournament being organised and hosted by Deccan Gymkhana on Wednesday.
The boy’s section had two more upsets registered. Maharashtra’s Sahil Gaware and Vasudev Vijayaraman (Tamil Nadu) held center-stage with contrasting wins, while Zeel Desai took the upset count of the day to four in the girl’s section.
The day, however, belonged to Shrey who battled one and a half hour to put out Delhi-lad Vishnu Prasad 7-6 (5), 6-3.
Following the top-seeds upset, Maharashtra’s Sahil put out No. 4 Udayan Bhakar of Rajasthan. The south paw, with a sound performance, wowed the crowd before walking out a 6-3, 6-4 winner.
Sahil joined No. 6 Indra Patwardhan and unseeded Aryan Goveas and keep the Maharashtra interest alive in the section.
Later, Tamil Nadu’s Vasudev Vijayaraman won a long drawn battle against eight seeded P.V.Gnana Bhaskar of Andhra Pradesh 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. Vasudev’s under two hour tussle, thus ensured that the quarterfinal round will have just four seeded players in fray.
In the girl’s section, Gujarat-lass Zeel Desai put an end to eight seeded R. Abhinikka of Tamil Nadu in straight sets 6-1, 6-1.
Boys; Pre-QFs: Shrey Gupta (Har) bt 1-Vishnu Prasad (Dli) 7-6 (5), 6-3; 7-Dalwindar Singh (Pun) bt Yash Yadav (MP) 6-2, 7-6 (4); Sahil Gaware (Mah) bt 4-Udayan Bhakar (Raj) 6-3, 6-4; 6-Indra Patwardhan (Mah) bt Dheer Bhatti (Chd) 6-3, 7-6 (2); Vasudev Vijayaraman (TN) bt 8-P.V.Gnana Bhaskar (AP) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2; Aryan Goveas (Mah) bt Jagesh Pungliya (Mah) 6-2, 6-3; 5-S.D.Prajwal Dev (Ktk) bt Paramveer Bajwa (Chd) 6-2, 6-2; 2-B.R. Nikshep (Ktk) bt Ganesh Srinivasan (TN) 6-2, 6-3.
Girls; Pre-QFs: 1-Vanshika Sawhney (Dli) bt Q-Amreen Naaz (AP) 6-1, 6-2; 7-Mihika Yadav (Mah) bt Pragati Natraj (Ktk) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4; 3-Devanshi Bhimjiyani (Mah) bt Snehal Mane (Mah) 6-1, 6-0; 5-Shruta Gunuganti (AP) bt A. Shameema (TN) 6-0, 7-6 (3); 6-Vasanthi Shinde (Mah) bt Kanishka Chawla (Mah) 6-1, 6-0; 4-Rashmitha Reddy (AP) bt Aastha Dargude (Mah) 7-6 (4), 6-0; Zeel Desai (Guj) bt 8-R. Abhinikka (TN) 6-1, 6-1; 2-Akshara Iska (AP) bt Nandini Sharma (PB) 6-3, 7-5.
Doubles; Boys, QF: Aditya Gokhale/ Dharnidhar Mishra bt B.R.Nikshep/ R.Ravi 6-7 (4), 6-4, 10-5; S.D. Prajwal Dev/ Vasudev Vijayaraman bt Eshaque Iqbal/ Shrey Gupta 6-3, 6-1; Dalwindar Singh/ Dheer Bhatti bt Sanil Jatiani/ P.Somani 7-6 (3), 6-3; Paramveer Bajwa/ Vishnu Prasad bt Jagesh Pungliya/ Aryan Goveas 3-6, 6-2, 10-4.
Doubles; Girls, QF: Mihika Yadav/ Nandini Sharma bt Devanshi Bhimjiyani/ Vanshika Sawhney 6-3, 6-1; R.Abhinikka/ A.Shamima bt Vaibhavi Deshmukh/ GS Vasavi 6-2, 6-4; Dhruti Venugopal/ Vasanti Shinde bt Rashmitha Reddy/ Pragati Natraj 6-2, 4-6, 10-4; Snehal Mane/ Zeel Desai bt Shruti Gunuganti/ Iska Akshara 2-6, 6-1, 10-1.