Riya Sachdeva outplays Saumrita Jagatdeo Verma
Riya Sachdeva was in fine form as she outplayed seventh seed Saumrita Jagatdeo Verma 6-1, 6-2 in the girls quarterfinals of the Asian under-14 grade-A tennis tournament at the DLTA Complex here on Wednesday.
Moving swiftly into her strokes and hitting the ball well, Riya exasperated her opponent in racing to victory.
In the semifinals, Riya will play Nandini Dixit who continued well after beating the top seed Maria Breidy of Lebanon in the earlier round, with a smooth win over Samiksha Dabas.
The other semifinal will feature second seed Pari Singh, who broke little sweat in dismissing Jeetesh Kumari, and the gutsy fourth seed Shruti Ahlawat.
In the boys section, Yuvan Nandal overcame spells of lack of concentration to outhit Manas Dhamne 6-2, 6-2. Yuvan, who regularly trains at the Impact Academy in Bangkok with coach Stephen Koon was able to counter the sharp game of Manas who had put out the top seed Rushil Khosla in straight sets in the second round.
In the semifinals, Yuvan will face Ayushmaan Arjeria who beat the fourth seeded Iranian, Amirali Ghavam, for the loss of five games. The other semifinal will be between Agriya Yadav and Vitin Rathee.
The results (quarterfinals):
Boys: Yuvan Nandal bt Manas Dhamne 6-2, 6-2; Ayushmaan Arjeria bt Amirali Ghavam (Iri) 6-3, 6-2; Vitin Rathee bt Tejas Ahuja 6-4, 6-1; Agriya Yadav bt Vansh Nandal 6-2, 6-1.
Girls: Nandini Dixit bt Samiksha Dabas 6-1, 6-2; Riya Sachdeva bt Saumrita Jagatdeo Verma 6-1, 6-2; Shruti Ahlawat bt Millee Chug 6-1, 6-1; Pari Singh bt Jeetesh Kumari 6-1, 6-0.
(Courtesy: The Hindu)