Saranya in line for double
Saranya Nagapal set herself up for a grand double after advancing to twin semifinals in the AITA Championship Series tennis tournament at the Century Club on Thursday.
After swatting aside Aditi Bhaskar 6-2, 6-0 in the under-16 semifinal, Saranya was made to sweat in the under-18 last-four clash by Madhumita Meenakshi. Saranya lost the opening set 4-6 but then rallied back to take the next two 6-2, 6-2 to seal a second final spot.
Results (all semifinals): Boys: U-18: SD Prajwal Dev bt Allen Johnson Koundan 6-3, 6-2; Adithya Gokhale bt RS Mohit 6-4, 6-2. U-16: Udayan Bhakar bt S Gokul 7-5. 7-5; Taha Kapadia bt PC Anirudh 6-1, 7-5. Girls: U-18: Saranya Nagapal bt Madhumita Meenakshi 4-6, 6-2, 6-2; Harsha Sai Challa bt Nikitha Pinto 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
U-16: Saranya Nagapal bt Aditi Bhaskar 6-2, 6-0; Nandini Gupta bt CS Praneetha 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.