Fariz packs off Rawat

 It was raining upsets as seeds tumbled on the second day of National grasscourt tennis championship here on Tuesday.

Fariz Mohammad of Tamil Nadu stunned men’s top seed Siddharth Rawat of Uttar Pradesh in the biggest upset of the day. Mohammad came back from behind to oust Rawat 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a 115-minute battle. Rupesh Roy made short work of fourth seed Shahbaz Khan of Maharashtra 6-4, 6-0 in another upset.

In the women’s section, local girl Shivika Burman, returning from a nine-month injury lay off, ousted second seed Shweta Rana 6-3 7-6 (7-5).

Results (prefix denotes seeding): Men’s Singles: Mohit Mayur Jayaprakash (TN) bt Saneesh Mani Mishra 6-0, 6-0; Fariz Mohammed (TN) bt 1-Siddharth Rawat (UP) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4; Rupesh Roy (WB) bt 4-Shahbaz Khan (Mah) 6-4, 6-0.

Women’s singles: Nidhi Chilumula (AP) bt Megha Sherawat (Del) 6-3, 7-6 (7-2); Victoria Chehal (NTA) bt Sneha Padamata (AP) 7-5, 6-4; Amala Amol Warrick (Kar) bt Smriti Joon (Har) 6-1, 3-6, 6-1; 1-Ankita Raina (Guj) bt Shahan Shetty (Kar) 6-1, 6-0; Rushmi Chakravorthi (TN) bt Manya Nagpal (UP) 6-2, 6-2; Bhuvana Kalva (AP) bt Amrita Mukherjee (WB) 6-2, 6-0; Sharmada Balu (Kar) bt Shalaka Uddur Manjunath (Kar) 6-1, 6-2; Namita Bal (Mah) bt Varunya Chandrasekhar (Kar) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2; Shivika Burman (WB) bt 2-Shweta Rana (Del) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5); Nityaraj Baburaj (TN) bt Sayali Bhilare (Mah) 6-3, 6-1; Arantxa Andrady (Del) bt Sagarika Phadke (Mah) 6-7 (3-7), 7-5, 6-2; Natash Palha (Goa) bt Treta Bhattacharya (WB) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

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