Karnataka's Gaonkar, Devraj post fighting victories to enter semis

Karnataka's Gaonkar, Devraj post fighting victories to enter semis

Second-seeded Akarsh Gaonkar and fourth seed Anmay Yogesh Devraj, both from Karnataka, battled their way into the semifinals of the boys singles’ category in the KTPPA’s Yonex AITA under-12 tennis championship at the Energy Tennis Centre courts here on Wednesday.

Gaonkar prevailed over Tharakesh Ashokar of Tamil Nadu 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 while Devaj beat Arjun Gohad 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-2 of Maharashtra in the quarterfinals. The two local lads will clash in the semifinals on Thursday. 

Top seed Udit Gogoi of Assam and third seed Vishesh Jain Patel of Gujarat also entered the last four stage.

In the girls’ singles section, top seed Naisha Srivastav of Karnataka stormed into the semifinals, drubbing the sixth seed Hetveel Chaudhry of Gujarat 6-1, 6-0. 

Joining Naisha in the last four stage were Sirimala of Telangana, third seed Yana Dhamija of Haryana and the fourth seed, Thanushita Reddy of Telangana.

Results: (all quarterfinals): Boys: Singles: Udit Gogoi (Asm) bt Atharva Shinde (Mah) 6-0, 6-2; Vishesh Jain Patel (Guj) bt Khush Sharma (UP) 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-0; Anmay Yogesh Devraj (Kar) bt Arjun Gohad (Mah) 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-2; Akarsh Gaonkar (Kar) bt Tharakesh Ashokar (TN) 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.

Doubles: Anmay Yogesh Devraj/Udit Gogoi bt Arjun Gohad/Atharva Shinde 6-0, 6-0; Khush Sharma/Aditya Chopra bt Aditya B/Aayush Bhat 7-5, 7-5; Tharakesh Ashokar/Pragatesh S bt Dhanush Patel/Ritabrata Sarkar 6-2, 7-5; Vishesh Patel/Akarsh Gaonkar bt Monil Lotlikar/ Ronil Lotlikar 6-1, 6-2.

Girls: Singles: Naisha Srivastav (Kar) bt Hetvee Chaudhry (Guj) 6-1, 6-0; Yana Dhamija (Har) bt Darshana Dinesh (TN) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2; Thanushita Reddy (Tel) bt Shrichandrakala (TN) 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4; Sanjana Sirimala (Tel) bt Vidhi Jani (Guj) 6-1, 6-3.

Doubles: Naisha/Sanjana bt B Sai/Sweta 6-2, 6-2; Riya/Khushi bt Shyla/Shrichandrakala 6-4, 3-6, 11-9; Vidhi/ Hetvee bt Jasha/Suhita 6-0, 5-7, 10-5; Thanushita/Yana bt Aryanka/Pari 6-1, 6-0.

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