Mukund shocks Maheta
Qualifier Mukund S Kumar caused the lone upset of the day, ousting fourth-seeded Sameep Maheta in straight sets to storm into the semifinals of the AITA men’s 30K tournament at the Raghuveer Tennis Academy here on Wednesday.
Mukund produced a fine display to defeat Maheta 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) to set up a last-four date with Vikram Naidu B S.
Second seed Naidu faced little problems in slamming the door on Vignesh Prabhu, scoring a 6-3, 6-4 win, while top seed Suraj R Prabodh battled past a stubborn Nishanth Anthony Rebello 7-6, 7-5.
Rasheim Samuel eased past Jay Soni 6-1, 6-3 in the other quarterfinal.
Results (quarterfinals, prefix denotes seeding): Singles: 1-Suraj R Prabodh bt Nishanth Anthony Rebello 7-6 (7-1), 7-5; Rasheim Samuel bt Jay Soni 6-1, 6-3; Mukund S Kumar bt 4-Sameep Maheta 6-4, 7-6 (7-4); 2-Vikram Naidu B S bt Vignesh Prabhu P 6-3, 6-4.
Doubles: 1-Nishanth Rebello/ Vikram Naidu bt Sarthak Sidharth/ Mahesh Bhatija 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-0); 3-Rohit Ranglani/ Siddhesh Khade bt Fahad Mohammed/ S K Mukund 6-4, 6-4; Varun Gopal/ Prashanth M D bt 4-Akshay Kishore/ Suresh Kumar Paul 6-4, 6-4; 2-Soni Jay/ Sameep Maheta bt Prajwal Dev S D/ Gagan Sharma 1-6, 6-1, 10-3.