It was a sad day for top seed Divij Sharan as he was forced to give a walkover to Purav Raja because of a shoulder injury in the DSCL Open National tennis championship quarter-finals on Thursday.
Having faltered once before in the final, Divij, who has been battling the pain after the ITF Satellite circuit, did not take the court on medical advice.
Purav Raja, from Mumbai, will have his task cut out against Sanam Singh in Friday’s semi-final.
Sanam, a youngster with huge potential, won a gut-wrenching match against Vivek Shokeen, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4. Games went with serve till 4-all, as both combatants played hard tennis maintaining a good level of consistency.
Vivek made two errors in the tie-break, committing a double fault and then missing a return, which cost him the set. In the second set, Sanam began with a break and, after that, encountered little opposition on way to victory.
For Delhi’s Ashutosh Singh, it was a good day as he showed the door to second seed Aditya Madkekar, winning 6-2, 6-1. But the cracker of a contest was between Vishnu Vardhan and Arjun Goutham. Vishnu Vardhan is part of the AITA programme, but trains in Hyderabad.
On Thursday, the well-built player stroked hard and was focussed in a match where the level of play was high. Vishnu was up a break in the third set, but soon Arjun, bounced back. But Vishnu again went a break up and then served well to seal victory.
In the ladies section, Delhi’s Vishaka Sheoran continued making waves, defeating Sweta Solanki 6-0, 6-3 to enter the semi-finals. For fourth seed Sonal Phadke, it was a hard-fought 7-6 (9/7), 6-4 win against Chennai youngster Kelsey Sundaram.
Kelsey did well to get this far, and for someone who still has time left in the junior section, her progress this time has been good.
Men: Purav Raja walkover from Divij Sharan; Sanam Singh bt Vivek Shokeen 7-6 (7/4), 6-4; Vishnu Vardhan bt Arjun Goutham 6-2, 6-7 (4/7), 7-5, Ashutosh Singh bt Aditya Madkekar 6-2, 6-1;
Ladies: Isha Lakhani bt Parija Maloo 6-3, 6-4; Sonal Phadke bt Kelsey Sundaram 7-6 (9/7), 6-4; Vishaka Sheoran bt Sweta Solanki 6-0, 6-3; Sandhya Nagaraj bt Shalini Sahoo 6-4, 6-2.
Boys’ under-18: Fariz Mohammad bt Alan Gomes 6-4 6-2; Arnav Jain bt GP Prajnesh 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
Girls’ under-18: Kelsey Sundaram bt Shweta Solanki 6-3, 2-6, 6-3; Kyra Shroff bt Vishaka Sheoran 7-5, 6-1; Parija Maloo bt Nupur Kaul 6-1, 6-2; Madura Ranganathan bt Ashmitha 6-1, 7-5.