The Fenesta Open women's final will see a face-off between friends on Saturday. Practice partners and the top-seeded doubles pair, both Prerna Bhambri and Rishika Sunkara want to claim their maiden nationals title.
"It will be tough for both of us because we know each others game so well," said the soft spoken second-seeded Bhambri.
It will be redemption time for the 20-year-old. Having lost in the first round last year, Bhambri wants to make sure she pockets the crown. But, the top-seeded Sunkara will not be easy to get by.
After a disappointing quarterfinal loss last year, the 19-year-old is not ready to back down. "There are very few girls in the camp at Siri Fort where the two of us play. So, on most of the days we play against each other. Moreover, we've played together or on opposite sides of the court many times on the ITF tour," said the lanky top seed. Bhambri defeated Sri V Pedireddy 6-4, 6-4; Sunkara eased past third seeded Natasha Palha 6-2, 6-1 in their respective semifinal matches.
In the women's doubles, the top seeds were defeated 6-4, 0-6, 6-10 by Palha and Treta Bhattacharya on Friday afternoon. In the men's final, youngster Arjun Kadhe will face top-seeded Jeevan Nedunchezhiya.