Mohit wriggles past Kunal at tennis nationals

Nitten Kirrtane gives an exercise to the Siddhant Banthia

Previous national victor Mohit Mayur wriggled his way past third seed Kunal Anand 7-6(7), 7-6(4) in the men’s pre-quarterfinals of the Fenesta National tennis title at the DLTA Complex here on Wednesday.

On another warm day, when Nitin Kumar Sinha, Humera Sheik and Tanisha Kashyap made it to the quarterfinals in two occasions every, it was the 24-year-old Mohit, a Junior Commissioned Officer of the Army, who emerged with his dangerous amusement.

Kunal Anand couldn’t expand on the favorable position when he drove 5-2 in the second set. A major serve and a solid forehand, aside from a cunning difference in pace, saw Mohit handle the tie-breaks with power.

In the quarterfinals, Mohit will play Manish Sureshkumar who cruised past Paramveer Singh Bajwa without any difficulty for the loss of one diversion.

Another previous national victor Nitten Kirrtane gave a fresh exercise to the best positioned junior in the nation, Siddhant Banthia and walked ahead for the loss of three diversions. He will confront the best seed Suraj Prabodh in the quarterfinals.

Sinha restrained eighth seed Faisal Qamar for the loss of five recreations, and will confront fourth seed Dalwinder Singh.

Two-time finalist Arjun Kadhe, who has developed into a superior player in the wake of moving on from the Oklahoma State University, and tipped as the most loved by nearly everybody here, will have the unenviable assignment of coordinating minds against the second seed, the counter-punching contender from Kerala, Haadin Bava. The last beat Jayesh Pungliya in straight sets.

It was about Humera Sheik in the ladies’ segment. She will test the best seed Zeel Desai in the following round.

Bhuvana Kalva, who has won an ITF ladies’ title and had done well in the ongoing World University Games, played sharp to beat third seed Shweta Rana.

She will confront four-time champion Prerna Bhambri, who has lost one amusement in two adjusts up until this point.

Prinkle Singh got a walkover from the harmed Yubarani Banerjee to make the ladies’ quarterfinals, and will confront another quick improving junior, Tanisha Kashyap.

The 15-year-old Mahak Jain moved beyond previous Asian junior victor Snehadevi Reddy, and will confront the second seed Sai Samhitha.

The outcomes (pre-quarterfinals): Men: Suraj Prabodh bt Arman Bhatia 6-3, 6-1; Nitten Kirrtane bt Siddhant Banthia 6-2, 6-1; Mohit Mayur bt Kunal Anand 7-6(7), 7-6(4); Manish Sureshkumar bt Paramveer Singh Bajwa 6-1, 6-0; Nitin Kumar Sinha bt Faisal Qamar 6-3, 6-2; Dalwinder Singh bt Calvin Golmei 6-1, 6-1; Arjun Kadhe bt Hardeep Singh Sandhu 7-5, 6-1; Haadin Bava bt Jayesh Pungliya 7-5, 6-4.

Ladies: Zeel Desai bt Shreya Gulia 6-2, 6-0; Humera Shaikh bt Sara Yadav 6-3, 6-4; Bhuvana Kalva bt Shweta Rana 6-2, 6-4; Prerna Bhambri bt Moulika Ram 6-0, 6-0; Prinkle Singh w/o Yubarani Banerjee; Tanisha Kashyap bt Nithya Raj 6-4, 6-1; Mahak Jain bt Snehadevi Reddy 6-2, 6-2; Sai Samhitha bt Soha Sadiq 6-3, 6-1.

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