Nishant packs off Nikki to enter semifinals

Pushed into a tie-breaker in the opening set which he won 7-1, the Andhra Pradesh stepped on the pedal in the second against his Tamil Nadu opponent to complete a 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 victory.

In another upset, qualifier Nikhil Reddy stunned sixth-seeded SD Prajwal Dev. The Karnataka lad hardly allowed his State-mate to settle down, pulling off a lop-sided 6-1, 6-2 victory.

In the other two under-16 last-eight battles, Anthony Savio eased past Mahesh Bhatija 6-3, 6-2 while second-seeded IB Kashyap defeated Kashyap A 7-5, 6-1.

Results: Boys: U-16, quarterfinals: 5-Nishant Rebello (AP) bt 1-Nikki Poonacha (TN) 7-6 (7-1), 6-3; Nikhil Reddy (Kar) bt 6-SD Prajwal Dev (Kar) 6-1, 6-2; 8-Anthony Savio (Kar) bt Mahesh Bhatija (Kar) 6-3, 6-2; 2-IB Akshay (TN) bt 7-Kashyap A (Kar) 7-5, 6-1.
U-14, quarterfinals: 1-SD Prajwal Dev (Kar) bt Hani Varsh T (Kar) 6-0, 6-0; Raswant Ravi (TN) bt R Ramakrishnan (TN) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3; 3-Adwitya Pattnaik (Ori) bt Rahul BS (Kar) 4-6, 6-4, 6-0; 2-IB Akshay (TN) bt 5-Rahul Manoah (TN) 6-0, 6-1.
Girls: U-16, second round: 1-Pragati Natraj (TN) bt Abhilasha V (Kar) 6-1, 6-3; Shloka Kumar (Kar) bt 8-Tanya Singh (UP) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2; 4-Shameema A (TN) bt Tejaswini C Belludi (Kar) 7-5, 6-1; 5-Ritu SP (Kar) bt C Nikhita (AP) 6-2, 6-0; Y Pranjala (AP) bt 6-Anjali Jaindhan (Ker) 6-4, 6-4; 3-Rashmitha Pasula Reddy (AP) bt Abhipsa Rath (Kar) 6-2, 6-1; 7-Bhavani Bala Kumar (TN) bt Shweta Samuel (Kar) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1; 2-Karman Kaur (Del) bt Sharlee Deshmukh (Mah) 6-1, 6-0.

U-14, quarterfinals: 1-Pragati Natraj (TN) bt 6-Y Pranjala (AP) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2; 4-Shameema A (TN) bt Shikha N Singh (Kar) 6-4, 6-4; 3-Bhavani Bala Kumar (Ker) bt 7-Anjali Jaindhan (TN) 6-4, 7-6 (7-2); Reshma Ganapathy (TN) bt 8-Gopika Madhu (Kar) 6-1, 6-2.
U-14, second round (played on Tuesday): Pragati bt R Abinikka (TN) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2; Anjali bt Nupur Umashankar (Kar) 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2); Bhavani bt Shivani Manjanna (Kar) 6-4, 2-6, 7-5; Gopika bt 8-A Nikita (TN) 4-6, 6-2, 7-5; Reshma Ganapathy (TN) bt 2-Karman Kaur (Del) 6-2; 6-3.

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