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Abdullah survives close call to reach semis of ITF junior tennis

Thursday September 08, 2011 05:34:12 PM, IANS

Chennai: Top seed Shaikh Abdullah survived a close call while defeating Sumit Nagal 7-6 (5), 6-4 en route to the boys singles semi-finals of the Indian Oil Servo ITF Junior tennis tournament here Thursday.

After taking the first set on tie-break, Abdullah saw off a break of serve by breaking back. He broke Nagal in the eighth game to take a decisive step forward and eventually win the contest.

Competition in the girls' singles quarterfinals was equally fierce with three of the matches going into the third set. National clay court under-18 runner-up Shweta Rana was taken the distance by Vaishnavi Reddy and saw off a first set loss to advance to the semi-finals.

The results (Quarter-finals):

Boys singles: Shaikh Abdullah (Ind) bt Nagal Sumit (Ind) 7-6 (5), 6-4; Shashank Nautiyal (Ind) bt Sasi Kumar Mukund (Ind) 7-5, 6-4; Karan Salwan (Ind) bt Rishab Agarwal (Ind) 7-5, 6-0; Abhishek Alla (Ind) bt Vinod Gowda (Ind) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Girls singles: Shweta Rana (Ind) bt Sri Vaishnavi Peddi Reddy (Ind) 6-7 (0), 6-4, 7-5; Bhuvana Kalva (Ind) bt Sansitha Nandakumar (Ind) 6-1, 5-7, 6-1; Spurti Shivalingaiah (Ind) bt Nayanika Reddy Devireddy (Ind) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3; Snehadevi S Reddy (Ind) bt Rimpledeep Kaur Batth (Ind) 6-2, 6-4.

Boys doubles: Vinod Gawda / Abdullah Shaikh (Ind) bt In Kyo Jeong (Kor) / Samuel Sutton (Gbr) 6-3, 6-4; Manav Kumar Chakma / Yash Deshpande (Ind) bt Karan Salwan / Deepak Vishavkarma (Ind) 4-6, 6-0, 11-9; Rittvik Anand / Niral Shah (Ind) bt Sahi Deshmukh / Sumit Nagal (Ind)7-6 (5), 7-6 (8); Richie Agarwal / Vijay Jude Raymond (Ind) bt Kumara P Saradhi Adavelly / Shashank Nautiyal (Ind) 6-2, 2-6, 10-6.

Girls doubles: Rutuja Bhosale / Shweta Rana (Ind) bt Taranumm Handa /Shreya Pashricha (Ind) 6-3, 7-5; Namita Bal / Prarthana Thombare (Ind) bt Spurti Shivalingaiah (Ind) / Gornganok Tiraganok (Tha) 6-3, 6-3; Sri Samitha Chamarathi / Sansitha Nandakumar bt Rimpledeep Kaur Batth / Mahitha Dadi Reddy (Ind) 6-4, 7-5; Snehadevi Reddy / Dhruthi Tatachar Venugopal (Ind) bt Kamonwan Buayam / Nahathai Khuntaket (Tha) 6-3, 7-6(8).



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