Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, June 20
Maharashtra’s Salsa Aher continued her impressive run in the CLTA-AITA National Ranking Tennis Championship as she upset third seed Kashish Bhatia of Delhi to book a place in the women’s singles final here on Thursday.
Salsa won the opening set 6-1, but Kashish came back strongly in the second set and took a 4-1 lead. Salsa though clinched the next three games on the trot to make it 4-5. In 10th game, Kashish hold her serve and finally seized set 6-4 to restore the parity.
In the decider, both players displayed some great skills and were tied 5-5 before Salsa closed the set 7-5 to set up the title clash with Vutukuru Lakshmi Sahithi Reddy. The Andhra girl stunned fourth seed Sravya Shivani C of Telangana 6-4 6-3 in the semis.
Salsa, in company of Kaavya Sawhney, also moved into the women’s doubles semifinals. The duo registered a 6-0 6-4 win over Sanya Yadav and Ananya Yadav in the quarterfinals.
Dalwinder, Mayur advance
In the men’s singles, third seed Dalwinder Singh of Punjab moved into title round after VM Ranjeet retired mid-way through the semifinal clash. Dalwinder was leading 6-4 1-0 when the second seed from Tamil Nadu decided to concede the match.
In the other semifinal, top seed Mohit Mayur was leading Suraj Prabodh 4-0 when the latter decided to concede the match following some injury concerns.
Mayur later combined with Oges Theyjo J to dismiss LR Balaji and Kavin Masilamani 6-3 6-0 in the men’s doubles semifinals. In the final, the duo will meet Atharva Sharma and Hardeep Singh Sandhu, who registered a 3-6 7-6(2) 10-5 win over Calvin Golmei and Megh Bhargav Patel.
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