After surviving a scare in the first round, top seed VM Ranjeet finally found his feet as he disposed off the challenge of Tejvir Singh Hara to storm into the quarter-finals of the men’s category in the ongoing AITA National Ranking Rs 1 Lakh tennis tournament, being held at CLTA Complex, Sector 10, on Tuesday.
Ranjeet, who was fully stretched by Uday Pratap Chahal in the first round, looked in good touch in his match against Tejvir.
Ranjeet made a resounding start and played some lovely shots to clinch the first set 6-3. He did not let his intensity down and continued to play in a similar fashion to bamboozle his opponent. In the second set, he dropped just one game to win 6-1.
Second seed Dalwinder Singh had to dig deep to overcome Chinmay Dev Chauhan. Dalwinder started off well, taking the first set 6-1.
But Chinmay bounced back and made Dalwinder sweat for every point. However, Dalwinder justified his seeding by keeping his nerve to beat Chinmay in an engaging duel.
He won the second set 7-5 to reach the quarter-finals.
Third seed Hardeep Singh Sandhu joined Ranjeet and Dalwinder into the last eight with a hard-fought win over Ankush Arora. Hardeep started off badly, losing the first set 4-6. However, he ensured there was no further casualty as he slowly clawed back into the match.
He soon found his rhythm back to win the second set 6-3.
In the final set, both the players were locked at 6-6 when Hardeep pressed the accelerator and won 7-6(6) in the tiebreaker. The match lasted over three hours. While the other seeds had it easy, eight seed Yuvraj Singh was shown the exit door by Param Pun.
In a lopsided encounter, Param played aggressively and easily won the first set 6-0 without dropping any game.
In the second set also, Param played superbly and won 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile, in the women’s category, fifth seed Sachi Belwal bowed out after losing to Harsimran Kaur in a thrilling encounter.
In a well-fought first set, both the players were engaged in a thrilling duel but Harsimran had the last laugh as she won 7-5.
Sachi tried hard to claw back into the match but Harsimran played well to snuff her challenge and won the second set 6-4.
Tanasha Khandpur, the seventh seed, also crashed out of the tournament as she lost to unseeded Seerat Pannu. Seerat, after losing the first set 4-6, looked set to lose the match.
However, she made a great recovery to win the second set 6-3 to keep herself alive in the match. She then played well to snatch the final set 6-3 and defeated Tanasha.
Eight seed Omlata Rai joined Sachi and Tanasha in the list of players to suffer casualty as she was shown the exit door by Jannat Kaur.
Jannat piled pressure on Omlata right from the start and took the first set. After winning the first set 7-6(3) in the tiebreaker, Jannat hardly found any resistance from Omlata and won the second set 6-2 to reach the last eight.