Vikrant Dahiya and Digvijay Pratap, both of whom train under the rural tennis development program (CHART) of the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA), registered contrasting victories to enter the men’s pre-quarterfinal round in the AITA Men and Women’s Rs1 Lakh tournament at the Sector-10 CLTA complex on Monday.
Unseeded Dahiya created a flutter, upsetting fifth seed Chinmay Pradhan in a closely contested three-setter. Experienced Pradhan had an upper hand in the opening set, which he won 6-3.
In the next set, Dahiya fought hard and produced some attacking forehands and deceptive volleys to take the second set 6-4.
In the decider, the CHART trainee dominated and maintained his lead to win the set, and the match, 6-3.
On the other hand, Digvijay, who is making his first appearance in a men’s tournament, faced little resistance before registering straight-set victory against Lavish Nehra. In the first set, Digvijay and Nehra fought closely, matching each other shot-for-shot.
Consequently, the two players were locked 6-6 all after 12 games and tie-breaker was deployed to break the deadlock. In this nerve-wracking situation, Digvijay held his own and won the set 7-6 (4).
In the second set, a confident Digvijay made a short work of his opponent to win the set, and the match, 6-1.
Another CHART trainee Ranjeet Singh, who has been given seventh seeding for the tournament, also registered easy win after beating qualifier Rohit Jain 6-1, 6-2.
In other matches of the section, Param Pun was awarded the match after his opponent and top seed Gurinder Singh conceded the contest. Gurinder had lost the first set, and was 0-1 down in the second, when he withdrew himself from the match.
CLTA trainee Ankush Arora also secured the pre-quarterfinal berth in the same fashion, with his opponent Rajanvir Dharni conceding the match after losing the first set 6-3.
Elsewhere, Elwin Anthony claimed a double bagel victory against Yuvraj Chaudhary, whom he routed 6-0, 6-0. Bhavesh Gaur defeated Maninder 6-3, 6-2, while Tarun Nath overcame first set loss to get the better of Ajay Yadav 1-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Aditya Tiwari and Pranav Suri also entered the last-16 with wins against Manjot Singh (6-4, 6-1) and Archit Jain (7-5, 6-3), respectively. Brahmjot defeated Shivam Dalmia 7-5, 6-2, and Kunal Vazirani downed Rakshit Rishi 6-3, 7-5 to cruise into the next round. Kamal Kishore, Rubal Shandilya and Dheer Anush Bhatti were the others who secured berth in the pre-quarterfinal stage.
Earlier in the day, the men’s final qualifying round was competed, and Rakshit Rishi, Dheer Anush Bhatti, Digvijay Pratap, Ankush Arora, Rajanveer Dharni, Manjot Singh, Param Pun and Basil Khuma made it to the main draw.
In the women’s section, Aastha Babasaheb created the biggest upset of the tournament after getting rid of top seed Victoria Chahal in a lopsided affair. Babasaheb won 6-0, 6-1 to secure the pre-quarterfinal berth. Meanwhile, CLTA trainee Gayatri Kumaraiah defeated Saranya Khanna 6-2, 6-0, while Charvi Saxena, also a CLTA trainee, was awarded the match after her opponent Aaryali Chavan conceded the match.
Chavan had lost the first set 4-6 before she withdrew herself from the contest.
On the other hand, lucky loser Dikshita Patel made full use of the opportunity by defeating Aarushi Kakkar 6-0, 0-6, 6-2 in a exhausting three-setter. In another three-set affair Megha Sehrawat defeated Stuti Tomar 6-3, 2-6, 6-1. Sixth seed Manya Nagpal faced a stiff resistance from Aarushi Basin before she could register 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 win. In other matches of the section, Vineeta Singh brought down Tanvi Bose 7-5, 6-3, while Sanya Madan downed Ananya Jha 6-2, 6-1.
Nida Kamal and Anjali Thakur also secured the pre-quarterfinal berths after getting the better of Deepshikha (6-0, 6-0) and Samriti (6-1, 6-3), respectively. Rimpledeep Kaur thrashed Omlata Rai 6-0, 6-0, and Baani Singh defeated M Arthi 6-3, 6-2. Anupreet Bedi, Rajbir Kaur, Anukriti Chaudhary and Abhilasha were the others to made it to the next round.