Batija sends fancied Kaushik packing

Batija sends fancied Kaushik packing

At the PET Sports Complex on Wednesday, Batija rallied from the loss of the first set to overcome the Tamil Nadu lad 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 and secure his place in the semifinals.
Joining him in the last four were State-mates Kashyap A and Anthony Savio, the third and fourth seeds respectively, and Siddhaarth Reddy S, who put out Akhil Kanagaraj in an all-Tamil Nadu clash.

There was a mini-upset in the girls’ under-14 section too, with seventh seed Preeti Bhandurge of Maharashtra accounting for third-seeded Shameema A of Tamil Nadu in three sets. It was a day to forget for Shameema, who also went down in three sets in the under-16 category to the second-seeded R Binu.

Tamil Nadu’s Pragati Nataraj, meanwhile, put herself in line for a double crown by making the semifinals of both the under-16 and under-14 categories. Top seed in the under-14 section, Pragati was too strong for the fifth-seeded Abhiksha Rath, defeating the Karnataka girl 6-2, 6-2. In U-16 she edged past Kavya N Kumar of Karnataka 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.
Results: Boys: U-16: Mahesh Batija (Kar) bt 1-TG Subash Kaushik (TN) 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3; Siddhaarth Reddy S (TN) bt Akhil Kanagaraj (TN) 6-3, 6-2; 3-Kashyap A (Kar) bt C Madan Mohan (TN) 5-7, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3; 4-Anthony Savio (Kar) bt Md Abraar (TN) 6-3, 6-4.
U-14: 1-MS Rakshit (Kar) bt 5-Arjun M (Kar) 6-3, 6-4; R Ramakrishna (TN) bt Anirudh Jaindhan (Ker) 6-3, 6-1; 2-D Siva Satvik (AP) bt Rashwant Ravi (TN) 6-0, 6-0; 4-Nipun Bajaj (AP) bt Akhil Kanagaraj (TN) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.
Girls: U-16: 1-SP Ritu (Kar) bt 5-Varunya Chandrashekar (Kar) 6-2, 6-2; 2-R Binu (TN) bt Shameema A (TN) 2-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2; 4-Pragati Nataraj (TN) bt 7-Kavya N Kumar (Kar) 5-7, 6-2, 6-2; Tejashwini Belludi (Kar) bt Shika N Singh (Kar) 6-2, 6-1.
U-14: 7-Preeti Bhandurge (Mah) bt 3-Shameema A (TN) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2; 1-Pragati Nataraj (TN) bt 5-Abhiksha Rath (Kar) 6-2, 6-2; 4-Kavya N Kumar (Kar) bt 8-Janani TG (TN) 6-0, 6-1; 2-CS Praneetha (TN) bt TM Priyadarshni (TN) 6-1, 6-2.