Megha, Aarja score upset wins in girls’ tennis

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.

The results:

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.

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