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Divesh Gahlot and Sudipta Senthil Kumar triumph on the Road to Wimbledon

Divesh Gahlot and Sudipta Senthil Kumar won the boys and girls titles in the fourth leg of the Road to Wimbledon National series under-14 tennis tournament on the grass courts of South Club in Kolkata on Saturday.

While Divesh battled past top seed VM Sandeep in three sets, Sudipta sailed past Srujana Rayarala for the loss of three games.

The top-16 players from the circuit will compete in the Masters to be staged on grass at the Delhi Gymkhana Club in April.

The champion and runners-up in the boys and girls events of the Masters will travel to London along with coaches to compete in the UK under-14 championship in Wimbledon in August.

Siddhant Banthia, Adil Kalyanpur, Sacchitt Sharma and Mahak Jain had set the trend of Indian players winning titles in the UK championship on the hallowed grass courts of Wimbledon.

Last year, the Indian players were unable to make such an impact, as China strengthened competition while the British themselves tightened up their game.

The results (finals):

Boys: Divesh Gahlot bt VM Sandeep 6-0, 6-7(1), 6-4.

Girls: Sudipta Senthil Kumar bt Srujana Rayarala 6-0, 6-3.

2017-02-19

Ramkumar, Yuki take India to a 4-1 victory over New Zealand

PUNE, FEB. 5:

Ramkumar Ramanathan did not have to push himself hard to tame Finn Tearney to clinch the Davis Cup tie for India. The 22-year-old Ramkumar did not drop his serve once again in the tie as he overwhelmed the Kiwi 7-5, 6-1, 6-0, reeling off the last 11 games.

Yuki Bhambri who played a key role in giving a vibrant start for the host on the first day did drop a set to the deserving Jose Statham, but played strong overall with his all-round game that kept the spectators entertained for long.

Yuki eventually prevailed 7-5, 3-6, 6-4. The Kiwi could have won in straight sets, but for Yuki winning the first set from being down 2-5. There was no such revival in the second set as Statham was sharp in serving out. In the decider, Yuki bounced back from a break in the first game with a quick break back and broke decisively in the tenth game.

After the superb performance of Artem Sitak and Michael Venus, who won the pivotal doubles against Leander Paes and Vishnu Vardhan, it was an anticlimax for the New Zealanders, but they kept reminding that they were ranked beyond 400 in the world, with their flowing errors.

The Indian team started the celebrations immediately after Ramkumar gave the team an unassailable 3-1 lead, by tossing the outgoing captain Anand Amritraj three times in the air. The routine was slowly followed on coach Zeeshan Ali and continued for Yuki and Leander as well.

At the end, the team came up with a cameo dance, like the way it had done after the tie against Korea in Chandigarh last year. If anything the cameraderie in the team was bewitching.

In the next round, India will play at home from April 7 to 9 against Uzbekistan, which beat Korea, for a berth in the World Group play-off.

Ramkumar served well and saved five breakpoints in the match to ensure a clean record, with his serve Like he had saved three breakpoints at 0-40 in one game against Statham on the first day, Ramkumar did so against Tearney as well with his strong serves. He fired 12 aces, but had nine doublefaults as well. He converted six of 15 breakpoints to cruise home.

Yet, there was a distinct lack of sting in his strokes, which stood in such contrast to the explosive serves. Maybe that completely bamboozled the opponent, who himself struggled with 16 doublefaults that complicated matters.

On the hard courts, on which Yuki came fresh with power packed strokes, Ramkumar played the spin far too much as if he was playing on clay. Against an opponent like Tearney, he could try anything and get away.

Overall, it was a job well done. Over to Mahesh Bhupathi to take the team forward from the next tie, as the captain.

In a special step, the organisers who had done a wonderful job of hosting the tie, after a gap of 43 years in Pune, in such a vibrant atmosphere, asked the captain and all the Indian players, including Saketh Myneni, to address the crowd which stayed back after the entertaining day in pleasant breeze and bright lights to savour the moment.

It was a fitting climax that would stay in memory of everyone who witnessed the tie.

The results:

India bt New Zealand 4-1 (Yuki Bhambri bt Finn Tearney 6-4, 6-4, 6-3; Ramkumar Ramanathan bt Jose Statham 6-3, 6-4, 6-3; Leander Paes & Vishnu Vardhan lost to Artem Sitak & Michael Venus 6-3, 3-6, 6-7(6), 3-6; Ramkumar Ramanathan bt Finn Tearney 7-5, 6-1, 6-0; Yuki Bhambri bt Jose Statham 7-5, 3-6, 6-4).

2017-02-05

Yuki Bhambri and Ramkumar Ramanathan make it 2-0

PUNE, FEB. 3:

Rankings go out of the window in Davis Cup, only if you let go!

Yuki Bhambri and Ramkumar Ramanathan were forthright as they put the Kiwis in their place, to give India a 2-0 start in the Asia Oceania Davis Cup tie at the Balewadi Tennis Complex here on Friday.

After Yuki Bhambri handled the initial hiccups in the first two sets, with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Finn Tearney, Ramkumar came out blazing with his big serves and explosive forehands on a slow court, to record a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory over the seasoned Jose Statham in the second singles.

That set up the stage for Leander Paes to go for a world record doubles victory on Saturday evening with his trusted partner Vishnu Vardhan, who has magically sprung into the tie from nowhere.

Having returned in a splendid fashion into the big league of the professional circuit with impressive performances at the Chennai Open and the Australian Open, the 24-year-old Yuki was expected to play much better than what his rank of 368 may indicate. He did not disappoint, as he played increasingly better, bouncing back from early breaks of serve in the first two sets and not giving any break chance for the opponent in the third.

‘’I stepped up when required, especially in the third set. I did not let him runaway when he had the early leads. That was the key to the contest’’, said Yuki, understandably happy to give the host a strong start. He had been ranked a career-best 88 by the end of 2015 before a painful ‘’tennis elbow’’ temporarily felled his aspirations to scale greater heights.

Even though Yuki had trained on the court diligently for the last few days, he needed to adjust to the style and pace of his opponent, the 26-year-old Finn Tearney ranked a modest 414 in the world. Once Yuki got a grip over the spin and pace of the courts, he just ripped his opponent apart. Yuki had five aces and as many doublefaults and converted 7 of 17 breakpoints that he forced. The Kiwi broke him thrice to lead 3-1 in the first set and 2-0 in the second.

Once Yuki saved two breakpoints and served out the second set in the 10th game, the Kiwi was literally looking down the barrel.

Ramkumar excelled with his big serves that reached up to 213 kilometres per hour. He whipped the forehand decisively many a time, and was quite crafty with his delectable slice that he floated with uncanny efficiency past the onrushing opponent.

Having played the big boys of Spain in the last Davis Cup tie in September, the 22-year-old Ramkumar was well equipped to handle an opponent ranked 417 even though Jose Statham had the experience of having tamed some of the best players in the region from China and Chinese Taipei.

The key to the whole match was that Ramkumar did not drop his serve even once as he saved all the three breakpoints that he faced. He did grunt with a high decibel level often, much to the amusement of the sizeable crowd, but entertained the spectators with a quality fare, winning some of the long rallies.

The 276th ranked Ramkumar fired 15 aces and committed eight doublefaults in the match. He converted four of six breakpoints to make it a staightforward affair for the host.

Captain Anand Amritraj, on his last assignment, was quite relieved that the pleasant conditions in the evening, in front of an appreciative audience, brought out the best from the Indian boys.

The results: India .leads New Zealand 2-0 (Yuki Bhambri bt Finn Tearney 6-4, 6-4, 6-3; Ramkumar Ramanathan bt Jose Statham 6-3, 6-4, 6-3).

2017-02-03

Ajay Malik triumphs in Bengaluru, on the Road to Wimbledon

National under-14 champion Ajay Malik asserted his fighting qualities as he subdued Krishan Hooda 6-3, 7-6(6) in the boys final of the Road to Wimbledon AITA National series junior tennis tournament in Bengaluru on Saturday.

It was the second leg of the four leg series. The third leg will resume after a week’s gap in Chandigarh and will be followed by the fourth event on grass in Kolkata.

The Masters is scheduled to be held at the Delhi Gymkhana grass courts in April. The champions and runners-up in the boys and girls singles events will make it to the UK under-14 championship to be played in Wimbledon in August.

The Indian juniors had done very well in the novel project in the first two years with Siddhant Banthia, Adil Kalyanpur, Sacchitt Sharma and Mahak Jain winning the titles in Wimbledon. The batch last year could not make a similar impact, and the current crop may be hungry to regain the honour.

2017-01-29

Karan Srivastava, Tanisha Kashyap triumph in ITF juniors

INDORE, JAN. 28:

Karan Srivastava and Tanisha Kashyap won the boys and girls titles respectively in the ITF grade-5 junior tennis tournament at the Indore Tennis Club Complex on Saturday.

The sixth seeded Karan beat qualifier Dipin Wadhwa 6-4, 6-4. Fourth seed Tanisha Kashyap was more authoritative in her victory over fifth seed Shrivalli Rashmikaa who hit a flurry of winners but also committed many errors.

The results (finals):

Boys: Karan Srivastava bt Dipin Wadhwa 6-4, 6-4.

Girls: Tanisha Kashyap bt Shrivalli Rashmikaa 6-3, 6-3.

2017-01-28

Sandeepti Singh Rao wins girls title in Road to Wimbledon

Fourth seed Sandeepti Singh Rao impressed by winning the girls title with ease in the Road to Wimbledon AITA National series under-14 tennis tournament in Bengaluru on Friday.

The bespectacled Sandeepti who fights every point beat the champion of the last event in Pune, Sarah Dev, at 6-3, 6-1. In fact, Sandeepti dropped only 14 games in five rounds after a bye in the first round.

The boys final will be between the national under-14 champion Ajay Malik and Krishan Hooda.The latter had to fight his way past denim Yaav after losing the first set in the tie-break. Krishan Hooda won the doubles title in partnership with Dhruv Tangri.
The girls doubles title went to Srujana Rayarala and Mushrath Shaik.

The results:

Boys (semifinals): Ajay Malik bt Sushant Dabas 6-4, 6-3; Krishan Hooda bt Denim Yadav 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-3.

Doubles (final): Dhruv Tangri & Krishan Hooda bt Sushant Dabas & Denim Yadav 6-3, 7-6(5).

Girls (final): Sandeepti Singh Rao bt Sarah Dev 6-3, 6-1; Semifinals: Sandeepti Singh Rao bt Priyanshi Bhandari 6-2, 6-1; Sarah Dev bt Malikaa Marathe 6-4, 6-4.

Doubles (final): Srujana Rayarala & Mushrath Shaik bt Renee Singh & Renne Singla 6-1, 6-1.

2017-01-28

VM Sandeep, Sarah Dev win the first leg of Road to Wimbledon

Sarah Dev and VM Sandeep won the girls and boys titles respectively in the Road to Wimbledon AITA National series under-14 tennis tournament at the Deccan Gymkhana in Pune on Saturday.

Second seed Sarah downed third seed Malikaa Marathe for the loss of five games. The trainee of coach Milos Pavlovic at the Harvest Tennis Academy in Jassowal, Ludhiana, Sarah was the favourite as she had asserted her game in the last season itself but was not lucky to make it to Wimbledon.

The boys final had to be called after five games as Divesh Gahlot twisted his ankle and retired. Top seed Sandeep, a ninth standard student from Chennai trains at the Triangle Tennis Academy under coach Udaykumar Reddy.

The results (finals):

Boys: VM Sandeep bt Divesh Gahlot 4-1 (retired).

Girls: Sarah Dev bt Malikaa Marathe 6-1, 6-4.

2017-01-22

Mahak Jain reserves her best for Zeel Desai in final

NEW DELHI, JAN. 14:

Second seed Mahak Jain did her confidence a world of good as she beat top seed Zeel Desai 7-6(6), 6-3 in the girls final of the ITF grade-2 junior tennis tournament at the DLTA Complex here on Saturday.

By beating an opponent to whom she had lost the final at the same venue last year in the same event, the small-built but stout-hearted Mahak emphasised the improvement she had made. And that did her team, led by coach Sajid Lodi, proud.

At 15, Mahak showed commendable maturity of temperament and the will to play each point on merit, as she bounced back from being down 0-4 to record a memorable triumph.

The first set was the key to the contest of high intensity and Mahak survived a setpoint in the tie-break to edge ahead.

After winning five games on the trot from being 0-4, Mahak did drop serve in the 11th game, but broke back to force the tie-break.

Zeel was a bit unlucky as she got an overrule in the third point on the ninth game in the first set, when she should have been ahead 30-15. The point was replayed and she eventually dropped serve as the match tended to slip away from her firm grasp.

It had to be conceded that there were moments when Mahak was also not happy with some calls, but overall the umpire was quite sharp in matching the fierce strokes of the two players, both of whom would be competing in the Australian Open junior event soon in Melbourne.

In the second set, Mahak broke serve in the fifth and seventh games, but failed to serve out the match in the eighth. Zeel failed to convert three gamepoints in the ninth game as Mahak forced the errors to clinch the contest in about two hours.

It was the second grade-2 singles title for Mahak following the one in Japan. She had won the grade-3 title in Chandigarh last week. She had also finished runner-up in doubles with Yasmina Karimjanova of Uzbekistan. The additional points should help Mahak get closer to the top-50 from her current career-best rank of 62.

By winning some touch matches along the way, including the one over Axana Mareen of Belgium in the quarterfinals from being down 1-4 in the decider, Mahak had demonstrated a certain quality in her game that should take her far.

Even though Zeel was the favourite, and had beaten Mahak every time, there was no guarantee as coach Todd Clark had pointed out even before the final that Mahak played ‘’very solid’’.

On her part, Mahak was content to say that she had hoped to win. She was thrilled to execute an impressive performance that should give a lot of confidence to girls who feel that they don’t have the height to play better.

In the boys final, top seed Uisung Park of Korea bounced back after a lethargic start to beat the tall and strongly-built Len Schouten of the Netherlands 3-6, 6-1, 6-0. Park had played only the doubles last week and won the title in Chandigarh. He was easily the best this week with his all-round game as he emerged victorious in both the singles and doubles.

The results (finals):

Boys: Uisung Park (Kor) bt Len Schouten (Ned) 3-6, 6-1, 6-0.

Girls: Mahak Jain bt Zeel Desai 7-6(6), 6-3.

2017-01-14

Sriram Balaji outplays eighth seed in Bangkok Challenger

NEW DELHI, JAN. 10:

Qualifier Sriram Balaji asserted his strong game with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over eighth seed Vaclavv Safranek of the Czech Republic in the first round of the $50,000 men’s Challenger tennis tournament in Bangkok on Tuesday.

In the pre-quarterfinals, Balaji, who has already assured himself of nine ATP points including three from the qualifying event, will play Jurgen Zopp of Estonia.

In the $75,000 Challenger in Australia, however, Vijay Sundar Prashanth missed a matchpoint and let Sam Groth escape to victory at 6-7(1), 7-6(8), 6-3 in the first round. He collected $780 and there was no ATP point.

Vijay had already made the doubles quarterfinals in partnership with Corentin Moutet of France and will face third seeds Andre Begemann and Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany.

The results:

$75,000 Challenger men, Canberra, Australia
Singles (first round): Sam Groth (Aus) bt Vijay Sundar Prashanth 6-7(1), 7-6(8), 6-3.

$50,000 Challenger men, Bangkok, Thailand
Singles (first round): Sriram Balaji bt Vaclavv Safranek (Cze) 6-4, 6-0.

$15,000 ITF women, Martinique, France
Singles (first round): Alice Rame (Fra) bt Kyra Shroff 6-1, 7-5.

2017-01-10

Sriram Balaji qualifies for Bangkok Challenger

NEW DELHI, JAN. 9:

Seventh seed Sriram Balaji fought his way through three rounds of the qualifying event in the $50,000 ATP men’s Challenger tennis tournament in Bangkok.

In doubles, however, Balaji in partnership with Li Zhe of China was beaten 10-3 in the super tie-break in the pre-quarterfinals by Egor Gerasimov of Belarus and Aslan Karatsev of Russia.

Vijay Sundar Prashanth made the doubles quarterfinals of the $75,000 Challenger in Australia in partnership with Corentin Moutet of France.

The results:

$50,000 Challenger men, Bangkok, Thailand

Qualifying singles (third and final round): Sriram Balaji bt Sun
Fajing (Chn) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4; Second round: Sriram Balaji bt Pruchya
Isarow (Tha) 7-5, 5-7, 7-6(5); Hong Seong-Chan (Kor) bt Sidharth Rawat 6-4, 6-0; First round: Sriram Balaji bt Worairin Kumthonkittikul (Tha) 6-1, 6-3; Kittipong Wachiramanowong (Tha) bt Sasi Kumar Mukund 4-6, 6-3, 6-3; Sidharth Rawat bt Chanon Phunsawat (Tha) 6-3, 6-1.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Egor Gerasimov (Blr) & Aslan Karatsev
(Rus) bt Li Zhe (Chn) & Sriram Balaji 6-4, 6-7(0), 10-3.

$75,000 Challenger men, Canberra, Australia
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Corentin Moutet (Fra) & Vijay Sundar
Prashanth bt Thomas Fancutt & James Frawley (Aus) 6-3, 7-5.

2017-01-09

Mahak Jain wins ITF junior title in Chandigarh

CHANDIGARH, JAN. 8:

Mahak Jain jumped to a smart start for the season as she won the girls title in the ITF grade-3 junior tennis tournament at the CLTA Stadium on Sunday.

The 15-year-old Mahak, seeded No.1 beat the fourth seed Axana Mareen of Belgium after recovering from a slow start, 1-6, 6-2, 6-2

After rain had washed out play on Saturday, Mahak was perhaps relatively rusty at the start. After having won the grade-2 title in Japan in October, it was another morale-booster for the small-built Mahak, ranked 70 in the world.

In the boys final, however, Dhruv Sunish could not capitalise on winning the first set in the tie-break and was beaten 6-7(2), 6-1, 6-3 by Jack Draper of Britain.

Mahak will play the next grade-2 tournament in Delhi, in which she had finished runner-up to Zeel Desai last year. She is, in fact, waiting for the visa to go to the Australian Open and get a taste of Grand Slam competition.

The results (finals):

Boys: Jack Draper (GBR) bt Dhruv Sunish 6-7(2), 6-1, 6-3.

Girls: Mahak Jain bt Axana Mareen (Bel) 1-6, 6-2, 6-2.

2017-01-08

Siddhant Banthia, Dhruv Sunish, Mahak Jain and Rhea Verma make semifinals of ITF juniors

CHANDIGARH, JAN. 5:

Top seed Siddhant Banthia stayed on course as he beat eighth Tonkla Mulada of Thailand 6-2, 7-5 in the boys quarterfinals of the ITF grade-3 junior tennis tournament at the CLTA Complex on Thursday.

In the semifinals, Siddhant will be challenged by third seed Jack Draper of Britain.

Dhruv Sunish also continued to prove strong for his opponents as he outplayed fifth Seed Dostanbek Tashbulatov of Kazakhstan 6-2, 6-2. He will play Sergey Fomin of Uzbekistan who pipped Sacchitt Sharma in the third set tie-break.

In the girls section, top seed Mahak Jain and unseeded Rhea Verma made the semifinals. Mahak will play third seed Thasaporn Naklo of Thailand while Rhea will clash against fourth seed Axana Mareen of Belgium.

In doubles, only Vasisht Cheruku could make the final from among Indian players in both the boys and girls section put together, as he in partnership with Jack Draper beat second seeds Siddhant Banthia and Parikshit Somani in straight sets.

The results:

Boys (quarterfinals): Siddhant Banthia bt Tonkla Mulada (Tha) 6-2,
7-5; Jack Draper (GBR) bt Roko Savin (Cro) 6-2, 6-2; Sergey Fomin (Uzb) bt Sacchitt Sharma 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-6(5); Dhruv Sunish bt Dostanbek Tashbulatov (Kaz) 6-2, 6-2.

Doubles (semifinals): Ulsung Park (Kor) & Hua-Chen Yu (Tpe) bt Calvin Golmei & Rishabh Sharda 6-1, 6-3; Vasisht Cheruku & Jack Draper (GBR) bt Siddhant Banthia & Parikshit Somani 6-2, 6-4.

Girls (quarterfinals): Mahak Jain bt Vaidehi Chaudhari 6-0, 6-0;
Thasaporn Naklo (Tha) bt Tanisha Kashyap 6-1, 6-1; Axana Mareen (Bel) bt Akanksha Bhan 6-3, 6-1; Rhea Verma bt Shivani Amineni 6-3, 7-6(5).

Doubles (semifinals): Esher Adeshina & Gemma Heath (GBR) bt Harsha Sai Challa & Sabhyata Nihalani 6-4, 6-3; Kuan Yi Lee (Tpe) & Mananchaya Sawangkaew (Tha) bt Shivani Amineni & Vaidehi Chaudhari 6-3, 6-3.

2017-01-05

Dhruv Sunish in quarterfinals of the ITF juniors

CHANDIGARH, JAN. 4:

Dhruv Sunish beat Freddie Grant of Britain 6-4, 6-2 in the boys pre-quarterfinals of the ITF grade-3 junior tennis tournament at the CLTA Complex on Wednesday.

Dhruv, who had beaten the second seed in the first round, was joined in the quarterfinals by top seed Siddhant Banthia and Sacchitt Sharma among the Indian players.

In the girls section, Shivani Amineni beat fifth seed Kuan Yi Lee of Chinese Taipei 6-1, 6-3 to set up a quarterfinal against compatriot Rhea Verma. Top seed Mahak Jain, Vaidehi Chaudhari, Tanisha Kashyap, Akanksha Bhan were the other Indian girls to progress into the quarterfinals.

The results:

Boys (pre-quarterfinals): Siddhant Banthia bt Nikit Reddy 6-0, 6-1;
Tonkla (Tha) bt Abhimanyu Vannnem Reddy 3-6, 6-4, 6-4; Jack Draper (GBR) bt Vasisht Cheruku 6-3, 6-2; Roko Savin (Cro) bt Arthur Craig Pantino (Phi) 6-2, 6-4; Sergey Fomin (Uzb) bt Parikshit Somani 5-7, 6-2, 6-4; SAcchitt Sharma bt Siddharth Thakran 6-3, 5-7, 6-2; Dostanbek Tashbulatov (Kaz) bt Alex Solanki 4-6, 6-2, 6-2; Dhruv Sunish bt Freddie Grant (GBR) 6-4, 6-2.

Doubles (quarterfinals): Ulsung Park (Kor) & Hua-Chen Yu (Te) bt Megh Bhargav atel & Alex solanki 6-1, 7-5; Calvin Golmei & Rishabh Sharda bt Freddie Grant (GBR) & Roko Savin (Cro) 4-6, 7-5, 10-5; Jack Draper (GBR) & Vasisht Cheruku bt Sergey Fomin (Uzb) & Dostanbek Tashbulatov (Kaz) 3-6, 6-1, 12-10; Siddhant Banthia & Parikshit Somani bt Rithvik Choudary Bollipalli & Shashank Theertha 6-2, 6-2.

Girls (pre-quarterfinals): Mahak Jain bt Aesha Patel 6-0, 6-0; Vaidehi Chaudhari bt Sabhyata Nihalani 6-4, 6-3; Thasaporn Naklo (Tha) bt Victoria Kalaitzis (Bel) 6-2, 6-3; Tanisha Kashyap bt Prinkle Singh 7-6(6), 6-4; Akanksha Bhan bt Gemma Heath (GBR) 6-3, 6-2; Axana Mareen (Bel) bt Shivani Manjanna 6-0, 6-0; Shivani Amineni bt Kuan Yi Lee (Tpe) 6-1, 6-3; Rhea Verma bt Mananchaya Sawangkaew (Tha) 6-1, 7-6(4).

Doubles (quarterfinals): Harsha Sai Challa & Sabhyata Nihalani bt Thasaporn Naklo (Tha) & Mihika Yadav 6-2, 0-6, 10-6; Esther Adeshina& Gemma Heath (GBR) bt Yasmina Karimjanova (Uzb) & Axana Mareen (Bel) 7-5, 6-2; Kuan Yi Lee (Tpe) & Mananchaya Awangkaew (Tha) bt Aesha Patel (US) & Aaliya Ebrahim 6-2, 6-2; Shivani Amineni & Vaidehi Chaudhari bt Victoria Kalaitzis (Bel) & Mahak Jain 6-3, 6-3.

2017-01-04

INDIAN UNDER-14 BOYS CLINCH ASIA TENNIS CUP

The Indian boys had little difficulty in asserting their supremacy as they outplayed Uzbekistan 2-0 in the final of the Asia Junior under-14 Cup at the Khalifa Tennis Complex in Doha on Friday.

Captain of the Indian team Sajid Lodi said that it was a convincing performance by the four-member Indian team throughout the tournament, and the title helped the team win hospitality to witness the ATP Qatar Open next week, featuring some of the best players of the world like Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Tomas Berdych.

The Indian boys did not drop a match in the tournament featuring eight teams including from the host Qatar. India had topped its group, beating Hong Kong, Qatar and Jordan by 3-0 margin. It overwhelmed Sri Lanka 2-0 in the semifinals.

The other had featured Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar-B.

Aaryan Zaveri and Jaishvin Sidana were the other members of the team, apart from Dev Javia and VM Sandeep who featured in the final.

The Indian teams have been doing well in this tournament and enjoyed watching the Qatar Open ATP event, gaining invaluable experience.

The results (final): India bt Uzbekistan 2-0 (Dev Javia bt Aziz Dadabaev 6-2, 6-1; VM Sandeep bt David Bagrinovskiy 6-3, 6-2).

2017-01-01
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