Krishan Hooda and Naresh Badgujar, players enrolled in Chandigarh Academy for Rural Tennis (CHART) programme, enjoyed an easy outing to enter the boys’ doubles final of the under-14 AITA Talent Series tennis tournament, being organised at the CLTA (Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association) complex, Sector 10, on Wednesday. Making a short work of MS Karthik and Asav Kumar, the Chart trainees won 6-2, 6-1.The Hooda-Badgujar combo will now take on Sehaj Punj and Dhruv Sharma in the title clash.
Punj and Sharma got the better of Jaskaran Riar and Abhay Mohan 7-5, 6-3, in their semifinal encounter. In doubles quarterfinals earlier, Punj and Sharma had ousted Shashikant Rajput and Bhupender Dahiya 1-6, 7-5, 10-7 in a closely fought encounter, while Riar and Mohan defeated Shrut Mohan Nargeta and Sidharth Sharma 6-4, 7-5.
In the other two encounters, the Karthik-Kumar pair had defeated Jasmol Arora and Sidharth Goel 6-3, 6-4, while Hooda and Badgujar disposed of Akshit Chabra and Vikramaditya 6-2, 6-0.
In the boys’ singles quarterfinals, too, Badgujar had a field day: he defeated CLTA trainee Dhruv Sharma to enter last four. Badgujar dominated the contest from the word go, and raced to a 4-0 lead in the first set.
Though Sharma broke his serve in the fifth game, Badgujar quickly sealed the deal in his favour 6-1. In the second set, Badgujar conceded just three games before scripting 6-1, 6-3 win. In another encounter, CHART trainee Shashikant Rajput defeated CLTA trainee Jaskaran Riar in straight sets 6-1, 6-1. Bhupender Dahiya and Asav Kumar, both also from CHART, logged easy victories against Krishan Hooda (6-1, 6-2) and Sehaj Punj (6-0, 6-1), respectively. In the girls’ singles event, CHART trainee Bindu Kulhriya created a flutter after upsetting top seed Nandini Singh in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.
Another Chart trainee, Priyanka Jakhar, also got the better of Mansi Singh in a one-sided match 6-1, 6-2. The semifinal line-up was
completed after Rahat Mangat and Shrishty Dheer registered contrasting victories; while Mangat defeated Luvya Lamba 6-4, 6-0, Dheer bounced back from first-set loss to down Yamini Issar 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.