Megh, Shivani triumph

Tennis RT Narayan Memorial : Duo posts contrasting wins to bag fine double

Megh, Shivani triumph

Megh Bhargav Patel of Gujarat and Telangana’s Shivani Amineni bagged a grand double after emerging winners in the boys’ and girls’ singles categories respectively in the RT Narayan Memorial Trophy AITA National Series under-16 tennis tournament here at the KSLTA courts on Saturday.

Second seed Megh brushed aside a challenge from Maharashtra’s Karan Srivastava to win the boys’ final 6-2, 6-1, while top seed Shivani won after overcoming second seed Humera Shaik of Andhra Pradesh 6-3, 7-6 (4).

On Friday, Megh, ranked 3 in the AITA list, had won the doubles title after teaming up with Dhakshineswar Suresh of Tamil Nadu.

Shivani had partnered her singles opponent Humera to lift the title in the girls’ section.
The two singles champions were awarded with Rs 15,000 each while the runners-up Humera and Karan each received Rs 10,000.

Following a cautious start, Megh broke Karan for the first time in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Megh then held his serve and broke Karan again in the seventh game with some decent groundstrokes to take control of the set. Having lost his rhythm, Karan gave up the last game without any fight and went on to lose it 2-6.

With his tails up, Megh came out all guns blazing in the second set and did not allow his opponent to settle and quickly raced to 5-1 lead.

Megh, who also celebrated his birthday on Saturday, then crushed Karan’s serve in the next, to claim the set and with it the summit clash.

In the girls’ finale, both the players kept pace with each other till 3-3, after which Shivani broke her opponent and wrapped up the first set 6-3 as a complacent Humera paid for her mistakes.

Humera appeared in a spot of bother in the second too as she was broken to trail 1-3. The second seed, however, bounced back in the nick of time to break back Shivani at 5-5 and then held her own to lead 6-5. Gritty Shivani though held her serve to push the set into a tie-break.

In the tie-break, Shivani’s resilience came to the fore she outlasted the gutsy Humera 7-4 to clinch the set and with it the match.

Results (all finals): Boys, singles: Megh Bhargav Patel bt Karan Srivastava 6-2, 6-1.
Girls, singles: Shivani Amineni bt Humera Shaik 6-3, 7-6 (4).

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