Tanisha takes girls U-16 title, Ajay Malik retains U-14 trophy

Tanisha takes girls U-16 title, Ajay Malik retains U-14 trophy

Delhi's Tanisha Kashyap dominated Prinkle Singh with her aggressive groundstrokes to clinch the National Under-16 girls singles title, while Ajay Malik retained his Under-14 boys singles title with a three-set win, here today.

The 15-year-old Tanisha outplayed Jammu and Kashmir's Prinkle 6-1 6-4 in the final.

Ajay, who trains in a village in Gohana, Haryana faced stiff resistance from Krishna Hooda before winning 7-5 4-6 6-2 in the U-14 final.

"Today she (Tanisha) played what I want her to play. It was a high-quality affair. She had that extra aggression today in her strokes and that is what she needs to do consistently," said former India Davis Cupper Vishal Uppal, who trains Tanisha at DLTA.

The boy's Under-16 title was taken by Gujarat's Mann Maulik Shah, who overpowered his state-mate Kevin Mrugesh Patel 6-2 6-2. Shah took advantage of his good height and superior groundstrokes.

The Under-14 girls singles title was won by Sandeepti Singh Rao, who outclassed Rutuja M Chaphalkar 6-1 6-1.

This year's Junior National Championship was marred by allegations that over-aged players were competing in the tournament.

Many parents had signed a petition and presented it to AITA, demanding strict measures to check the menace.

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