AITA: Mumbai players make hay
Mumbai players Tanmay Thakar, Pareen Shivekar and Ishwari Seth sent seeded players packing out of the Club Solaris Junior Ranking AITA Championship Series tennis tournament, on Tuesday.
On a day that saw four upsets, Thakar got the better of sixth seed local lad Neel Lapalikar 9-1 to make it to the Boy's Under-14 quarter-finals.
In the same event, local lad Ayush Prabhune recorded the biggest upset of the day by better of second seed Sivadeep Kosar Raju without even hitting a ball, as the Andhra lad didn't make it in time for his match, and was defaulted.
The other two upsets came in the Girls Under-16 category. Pareen Shivekar was a little too strong for sixth seed Shrishti Dass, winning the second round match 9-4. Ishwari Seth won a close battle against No. 5 seed Dakshata Patel 9-7 to make it to the last eight.
It was a mixed day for the Seth's as Ishwari's elder sister Priyangana was completely outplayed by Tamil Nadu's second seed R Sai Avanthika.
State players Rian Pandole and Mayur Borse continued their impressive run to make it to the quarter-finals of the Boys Under-16 event.
Mayur, who had shocked No. 4 seed Kotak Kunj on Monday, eased past Sanket Awhale 9-6 in a second round encounter. Rian, who had beaten fifth seed Cummings Christian in Round 1, defeated Gujarat's Aman Patel 9-4 to make it to quarter-finals.
Prachi Naidu and Rashmika Rajan, who had knocked out seeded players on Monday, also continued their dream run to make it to Girls Under-16 quarter-finals.
Maharashtra girl Prachi crushed State-mate Rajnandini Kulkarni without losing a single game, while Karnataka's Rashmika got the better of Simran Kejriwal 9-5
Boys; Under 14: 1-C. Vashisht (Kar) bt Dhruv Sunish (Mah) 9-3; 7-Siddhant Banthia (Mah) bt Architram Senathi (Mah) 9-1; 3-Vastin Thaker (Mah) bt Vatsal Gandhi (Mah) 9-6; 5-Kunj Kotak (Guj) bt Aman Patel (Guj) 9-3; Tanmay Thakar (Mah) bt 6-Neil Lapalikar (Mah) 9-1; 4-Christian Cummings (Mah) bt Akhil Rane (Mah) 9-5; 8-Armaan Bhatia (Mah) bt A K Rohit (AP) 9-3; Aayush Prabhune (Mah) w/o 2-Sivadeep Kosaraju (AP).
Under 16: 1-Aditya Gokhale (Mah) bt Prajeet Oswal (Mah) 9-2; 7-Neel Lapalikar (Mah) bt Shaunak Kulkarni (Mah) 9-7; Mayur Borse (Mah) bt Sanket Awhale (Mah) 9-6; 6-Kosaraju Sivadeep (AP) bt Dhruv Sunish (Mah) 9-8(1); Tanmay Thakkar (Mah) bt Yash Agarwal (Mah) 9-8 (3); 3-Vastin Thaker (Mah) bt Mihir Damle (Mah) 9-5; Rian Pandole (Mah) bt Aman Patel (Guj) 9-4; 2-Jayesh Pungalia (Mah) bt Rahil Mehta 9-0.
Girls; Under-14: 1-Zeel Desai (Guj) bt Parveen Shivekar (Mah) 9-4;6-Simran Kejriwal (Mah) bt Priyangana Seth (Mah) 9-2; 4-Shrishti Dass (Mah) bt Neha Mokashi (Mah) 9-3; 7-Moksha Thukral (Mah) bt Ishwari Matere (Mah) 9-5; 5-Rashmika Rajan (Kar) bt Vrushali Khaire (Mah) 9-4;3-Shivani Ingale (Mah) bt Vaidehi Chaudhari (Guj) 9-6; 8-Zeel Gandhi (Guj) bt Neha Ghare (Mah) 9-3; 2-R.Sai Avanthika (TN) bt Dakshita Patel (Mah) 9-0.
Under-16: 1-Zeel Desai (Guj) bt Suprabha Pujari (Mah) 9-2; Pareen Shivekar bt 6-Shrishti Dass (Mah) 9-4; Prachi Naidu (Mah) bt Rajnandini Kulkarni (Mah) 9-0; 8-Moksha Thukral (Mah) bt Anushka Sathe (Mah) 9-3; Rashmika Rajan (Kar) bt Simran Kejriwal 9-5; 4-Shivani Ingale (Mah) bt Vaidehi Chaudhari (Guj) 9-4; Ishwari Seth (Mah) bt 5-Dakshata Patel (Mah) 9-7; 2-R.Sai Avanthika (TN) bt Priyangana Seth (Mah) 9-0.