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Nikshep, Shameema make it to two finals

Last Updated 21 October 2010, 16:08 IST

In the only boys’ doubles semifinal that was played at the Tennis Excellence courts on Thursday, qualifiers KS Chiranthan and Arjun Muralidhar of Karnataka pulled off a stunning 4-2, 5-4 (7-3) win over third-seeded pair of Vatsin Thaker and Dhruv Sunish from Maharashtra to move into the final.

However, the girls’ under-14 doubles category saw the biggest fall of the day.  Top seeded Karnataka duo Shivani Manjanna and Gopika Madhu bowed out to qualifiers Reshma Ganapathy and Abinakka R 2-4, 0-4 in their respective semifinal encounters.

In the singles section, top seed B R Nikshep of Karnataka scored a hard fought 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 win over Tamil Nadu’s S Ganesh to move into the boys’ under-14 final where he will take on fifth seed and team-mate Rahul B S, who posted a 6-2, 6-1 win over his state-mate Arjun Muralidhar.

Top seed Shameema A of TN will face Maharashtra’s Preeti Bhandurge in the girls’ under-14 final.

Results (semifinals, Karnataka unless mentioned):
Boys, U-14: 1-BR Nikshep bt S Ganesh (TN) 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-3; 5-Rahul BS bt Arjun Muralidhar 6-2, 6-1.
Doubles: KS Chiranthan/ Arjun Muralidhar bt 3-Vatsin Thaker/ Dhruv Sunish (Mah) 4-2, 5-4 (7-3).
U-12: 2-V Jeevan (TN) bt 4-Dhruv Sunish (Mah) 6-2, 6-3; 1-BR Nikshep bt 3-Vasisht C 6-1, 6-1.
Girls, under-14: 1-Shameema A (TN) bt 8-Shloka Kumar 6-7, 6-1, 6-2; 3-Preeti Bhandurge (Mah) bt 5-R Abinikka (TN) 6-1, 6-4.
Doubles: Reshma Ganapathy/ Abinakka R (TN) bt 1-Shivani Manjanna/ Gopika Madhu 4-2, 4-0; Soha S/ Dhwani Kumar bt Madumitha Meenakshi/ Honeyshya Raj (TN) 5-3, 4-1. U-12: 1-Shameema A (TN) bt 4-T Shrayashree (TN) 6-0, 6-1; 2-R Abinikka (TN) bt 5-R Sai Avanthika (TN) 6-4, 6-1.

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(Published 21 October 2010, 16:07 IST)

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