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Suraj R Prabodh shines bright at the Fenesta Open National Tennis Championship

Suraj R Prabodh advanced at the Fenesta Open National Tennis Championship with a win on Friday.

tennis Updated: Oct 06, 2017 19:40 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Suraj Prabodh (in pic) beat Manish Sureshkumar 7-6 (7/5), 3-6, 6-2 in the semi-finals of the Fenesta Open National Tennis Championship on Friday.(HT Photo )

Suraj Prabodh raised the level of his game as he scripted a gut-wrenching 7-6 (7/5), 3-6, 6-2 win over Manish Sureshkumar in the semi-finals of the Fenesta Open national tennis championship on Friday.

In Saturday’s final, Suraj will meet fourth seed Dalwinder Singh. Dalwinder snapped the winning streak of Bava Haadin, registering a 7-5, 6-0 win in the second semi-final.

Suraj would not have imagined he would be able to pull off a win following a knee injury he had sustained in doubles, but he overcame the pain barrier and battled on. The first set was a virtual slugfest, going into the tie-breaker. A 7-5 win in the tie-break should have set the tempo for Suraj, but he lost the second set.

Had he wrapped up the match in two sets, it would have been good for him, given his injury. Putting mind over matter, Suraj stepped up the pace in the decider, sticking to the basics and wrapping up the third set in no time.

“I never thought I would be able to win today as I had injured my knee playing doubles. I came in the morning and said I would try. Thankfully, my knee was alright. I was nervous playing someone who had beaten all the seeded players. I had mentally prepared myself for a long match,” said an elated Suraj.

In the second semi-final, Bava Haadin ran out of luck against an inspired and higher-ranked opponent in Dalwinder Singh. Dalwinder has played matches at this level before and it was a question of how he could get better.

That’s what he did on Friday with punch and purpose as he took time to settle down in the first set. In the second set, Dalwinder was in the zone, and whacked his opponent without dropping a game.

“This is the first time that I have reached the final of the Nationals and now I am looking at upping my game. I have played in the semi-finals earlier and am happy to have reached the final… will give my best on Saturday,” said Dalwinder.

Zeel Desai fought with her back to the wall for a major part in the women’s semi-final against Bhuvana Kalva, who played good tennis this week.

Bhuvana had her chances in the second set and blew it. That was the turning point and gave Zeel a chance to claw her way back into the match. “My mantra is to never give up. It was a tough match and she (Bhuvana) was playing the best I have seen her play. I wasn’t in good form but I managed to make it, I served well, it helped me a lot. I am happy to be in the final,” said Zeel.

In the second semi-final, Mahak Jain breezed to a 6-2, 6-1 win without breaking a sweat against Tanisha Kashyap.


Men’s semi-finals

Dalwinder Singh [PB] (4) bt Bava Haddin [KA] (2) 7-5, 6-0; Suraj R Prabodh [KL] (1) bt Manish Suresh Kumar [TN] 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-2

Women’s semi-finals

Mahak Jain [MP] (5) bt Tanisha Kashyap [AS] 6-2, 6-1; Zeel Desai [GJ] (1) bt vs Bhuvana Kalva [TS]- 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(0)

Boys 18 semi-finals

Sacchitt Sharma [DL] (7) bt Abhimanyu Vennemareddy [KA] (4)- 6-2, 2-6, 7-5; Dhruv Sunish [MH] (3) bt Siddhant J Banthia [MH] (2) 6-4, 6-3

Girls 18 semi finals

Vaidehi Chaudhari [AS] (3) bt Tanisha Kashyap [S] (2) bt 7-6(4), 7-5; Aakanksha A Bhan [GJ] (1)bt Sathvika Sama {TS] (13)- 6-1, 3-6, 6-4

Men’s doubles final

Aryan Goveas [MH] & Bava Haadin [KL] bt Chandril Sood [PB] & Lakshit Sood [PB] (Seed 1) 6-4, 6-4.

Women’s doubles final

Shweta C. Rana [DL] & Snehadevi S. Reddy [TN] (1) bt Dedeepya Y Sai [TS] (2) & Sara Yadav [MP] 6-3, 6-3

Boy’s doubles U-18 final

Siddhanth J. Banthia [MH] & Megh Bhargav G Patel [GJ] (1) bt Atharva Sharma [MH] (2) & Dhruv Sunish [MH] 6-2, 1-6, [10-6]

Girls doubles u-8 final

Tanisha Kashyap [AS] (2) & Shivani Sravya C [TS] bt Akansha A. Bhan [GJ] & Vaidehi Chaudhari [GJ] (1) 6-3, 7-5.

First Published: Oct 06, 2017 19:40 IST