Former champion Isha Lakhani hogged the limelight at the DLTA on Wednesday. The 2007 Asian Games silver medallist, who took part in the Fenesta Open National Tennis Championship at the last minute and had to qualify for the main draw as a result, ousted second seed Sharmada Balu 6-4, 6-4.
“I’m enjoying my tennis now that I’m not under the pressure of professional tennis,” said Isha.
Next up in the quarterfinals is old foe Sheethal Goutham. Their recent head-to-head record stands at 1-1 and it will be interesting to see how the match unfolds.
Top seeded junior Rutuja Bhosale also made the quarters. The 15-year-old from Pune, who had knocked out the top seed, thrashed Nehal Sahni 6-2, 6-0.
Easy for Vishnu, Yuki
The top two men’s seeds rolled into the quarterfinals. While Vishnu Vardhan hardly took time to beat qualifier Ronak Manuja 6-2, 6-1, Yuki Bhambri was made to sweat before he chased down Lakshit Sood 6-2, 6-4.
“It was not as easy as the scoreline suggests,” claimed the former junior Australian Open champion. Bhambri was cruising before Sood managed to disrupt his rhythm in the second set. However, the second seed recovered in time and with deep returns, saw off Sood’s challenge.
Returning from injury, Bhambri said his knees seemed to be working fine.