Bangalore, May 22 (IANS) Megha Muthukumar of Tamil Nadu and Aarja Chakraborty of West Bengal scripted upset wins en route to the girls singles quarter-finals of the Karle Infra ATF under-14 Asian junior ranking tennis tournament here Wednesday.
Megha prevailed over the fifth seed K. Sai Shivani of Andhra Pradesh 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(4) in a marathon tie lasting nearly three hours. Both played a very defensive game marked by long rallies.
It was Megha’s resilience which held out in the end as Shivani, worn down by a long stint in the sun, faltered on crucial points in the tie-break and went down to her rival.
Aarja Chakaraborty, however, had a much easier time against eighth seed C. Sravya Shivani and won 6-2, 6-2.
Girls singles (Pre-quarter-finals): Tanvi Bhat Hattangadi bt Bhavya Ramineni 6-1,6-1; Megha Muthukumar bt K. Sai Shivani 2-6, 6-4 ,7-6 ( 4 ); Shivni Ingle bt Shivani Manjanna 6-2, 6-3; Muskan Ranjan bt Nilanjana Saha 3-6, 6-2, 6-2; Aarja Chakraborty bt C. Sravya Shivani 6-2, 6-2; Shaikh Humera bt Sonashee Bhatnagar 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-2; Sivanuja Peddada bt Swatishi Suresh 6-7 (4 ),7-6 (4 ), 6-2; Sama Sathvika bt Celine B. Mariya 6-0, 6-0.
Doubles (Quarter-finals): Shivani Ingle/Sama Sathvika bt Sivanuja/Muskan Ranjan 6-1, 6-0. First round: Sivanuja Peddada/Ranjan Muskan bt Jahnavi Reddy/S.Akshaya 6-3, 6-2; Tanvi Bhat Hattangadi/Aarja Chakraborty bt Neha Mokhasi/Chaitali Narde 6-0, 6-0; Shaikh Humera Shaikh Tahora bt Swathishi Suresh/Chelsea 6-2, 6-3; Nialnjana Saha/Rudrakee Bhairali bt Khyati Hambardikar/Shaikh Aniqua 6-0,6-3; Yubrani Banerji/Shivani Manjanna bt Megha Muthukumar/Bhumika Srihari 6-2, 6-1; Sravya Shivani/Sonashee Bhatnagar bt Pratiksha/Prakristi Bhanwani 6-3, 6-2.
Boys doubles (Quarter-finals): Sai Pranav Ponaka/Adil Kalyanpur bt Prakrut Patel/Amit Beniwal 6-4, 6-1; Siddant Jagdish Banthia/Dhruv Sunish bt Anirudh Murtuy/Maaz Khan 6-2, 6-3. First round: Pakrut Patel/Amit Beniwal bt Hema Naman/Tarun Karra 6-2,-0; Yavin Solomon/Megh Patel bt S. Surya Kumar/Vimal Raj 6-2,6-2; Durga Himmakesh/V. Sai Krishna bt Rohit Narasimhan/Rahul Shankar 6-2,6-3; S.M. Aadhitya/Nitin Nagraj Reddy bt A. Abhishek/Rohit Rana 6-3, 6-4; Gaurav Gunapati/Vamsi Krishna bt Rohn Reddy/Nikit Reddy 6-4, 1-6, 10-5 (super tie-break); Anirudh Murthy/Maaz Khan bt Aditya Rao/Preet Kumar 6-1, 6-4; Siddant Jagdish Banthia/Dhruv Sunish bt C. H. Arjun/Vivek Srinivas 6-2, 6-0.