Ritu storms into twin semifinals

Ritu storms into twin semifinals

Harsha enters last four

Kashyap Ashok sets himself for a forehand return against K Balaji in the under-14 category at the AITA Talent Series in Bangalore on Wednesday. dh photoTop-seeded in both the categories, Ritu marched past Rashmitha Reddy 9-4 in her under-16 quarterfinal encounter and put up another equally impressive better show with a 9-3 win against Shikha Singh in the under-14 category.

Swetha Samuel too emulated Ritu’s feat by moving into the girls semifinals in both the categories. Swetha ousted Akshata Anand 9-6 in the under-16 category and fought off Nandita Das 9-5 in the under-14 category.

Harsha Manjunath, Antonio Savio, Advaith Patnaik and A Kashyap entered the semifinals in the boys’ under-14 category.

Majunath warded off a stiff challenge from Alok Aradhya to win 9-7 while Savio posted a facile 9-3 win against BR Nikshep. Patnaik ousted Anirudh 9-2 and Kashyap defeated K Balaji 9-1.  The boys’ under-16 quarterfinals were postponed to Thursday morning due to rain.

Results (all quarterfinals): Boys, under-14: Harsha Manjunath bt Alok Aradhya 9-7; Anthony Savio bt BR Nikshep 9-3; Advaith Patnaik bt Anirudh 9-2; A Kashyap bt K Balaji 9-1.Girls, under-16: P Ritu bt Rashmitha Reddy 9-4; Swetha Samuel bt Akshata Anand 9-6; G Urmila bt Surya Suresh 9-6 ; Simran Kaur Sethi bt Sai Haritha 9-6. Under-14: SP Ritu bt Shikha Singh 9-3; G Urmila bt Tanya Singh 9-3; Swetha Samuel bt Nandita Das 9-5; CS Praneetha bt Shloka Kumar 9-8 (2).