City lad Rishabh Sharda and Mahak Jain of Maharashtra were crowned champions in the respective under-14 boys and girls’ singles sections of the ATF Asian Ranking tennis tournament that concluded at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) complex, Sector 10, on Saturday.In the boys’ final, unseeded Rishabh prevailed over Delhi’s Sacchit Sharma in an exciting three-setter to walk away with the title.
The CLTA trainee started off with a bang in the first set, and was leading 5-2 at one stage. However, a resilient Sacchit turned the tables on the local lad to move up 6-5.
While Rishabh won the next game to push the contest into tiebreaker, Sacchit won the set 7-6(3), after conceding just three points. In the second set, Rishabh brought his top game to the fore, and without giving Sacchit many opportunities, won 6-1 to level the contest. In the decider, Rishabh continued in the same vein he had displayed in the previous set, and took a 5-1 lead.
Thereafter, he made some unforced errors to concede the next two games. The local player, however, quickly got back on track to close out the final set 6-3. The final score was 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-3. In the ranking match for the third and fourth places, Saurav Kalkal got the better of Drona Walia 4-0, 5-4(4)
In the girls’ final , fourth seeded Mahak upset second seed Shivani Amineni of Andhra Pradesh 6-2, 6-1 a onesided affair. In the third-place playoff of the section, CLTA trainee Prinkle Singh defeated Prakriti Banwani of Madhya Pradesh 4-0, 4-1.
MAHAK-SAI WIN DOUBLES TITLE
The girls’ singles title winner Mahak Jain made it two-in-two later in the day, after she and her doubles partner Sai Dedeepya won their unfinished doubles final against Prinkle Singh and Shivani Amineni.
The match had actually started on Friday, and the eventual winners had won the first set 6-2. But heavy rain interrupted the match and it was postponed for the next day.
However, the break could not stop Mahak and Dedeepya from extending their dominance in the second set, and they quickly took a 5-2 lead.
Showing some fight, Prinkle and Shivani came back strongly to level it 5-5.
But the top seed pair of Mahak and Dedeepya won the next two games to win the doubles title.
Boys’ singles section Final:
Rishabh Sharda bt Sacchit Sharma 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-3
Saurav Kalkal bt Drona Walia 4-0, 5-4(4)
Girls’ singles section:
Final: Mahak Jain bt Shivani Amineni 6- 2, 6- 1.
Third- place playoff :
Prinkle Singh bt Prakriti Banwani 4-0, 4-1. Girls’ doubles section: Final: Mahak Jain and Sai Dedeepya Yeddula bt Shivani Amineni and Prinkle Singh 6-2, 7-5.