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Top seed Sacchitt stays on course

Beats USA’s Adit Sinha 6-3 6-7(3) 6-2, enters boys’ singles quarterfinals

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9

Top seed Sacchitt Sharrma of India overcame USA’s Adit Sinha in an intense three-setter to move into the boys’ quarterfinals in the ITF Juniors Circuit (Grade-III) Championship, at the CLTA Complex, Sector 10, here, on Wednesday. 

Sharrma won the opening set 6-3, but Sinha managed to come back into the match with a 7-6(3) win in the second set. The Indian, though, kept his poise and sealed the decider 6-2 to stay alive in the competition.   

Second seed Stijn Pel of the Netherlands registered a 6-4 6-1 win over Chinese Xiaofei Wang, while fourth seed Dev Javia of India downed Singapore’s Ethan Kai Xin Lye 6-3 7-6(5) in the pre-quarterfinals. 

Madhwin Kamath stunned fifth seed Alexander Gaponenko of Israel 6-4 6-3 to make it to the last-eight.  

Eighth seed Roi Ginat of Israel edged out the Dutch Niels Visker 7-6(9) 6-4, while 

Belgium’s Raphael Collignon rallied from a set down to upset seventh seed Guy Den Ouden of the Netherlands. 

Collignon lost the first set 4-6, but fought hard to seize the next two sets 7-6(3) 7-5 to stay on course for a place in the semifinals. Michael Francis Eala of the Philippines ousted local contender 6-1 6-4. 

Sandeepti sails ahead

Sandeepti Singh Rao continued her impressive run with a 6-1 6-1 victory against Indian counterpart Farhat Aleen Qamar in the pre-quarters.  

Second seed Mai Napatt Nirundorn of Thailand drubbed Jagmeet Kaur Grewal 6-2 6-2, while another Thai player, Lunda Kumhom, overcame Chinese Xinyue Hu 6-2 4-6 6-4. Fourth seed Melissa Boyden of the Netherlands beat Sevil Yuldasheva of Uzbekistan 6-2 4-6 7-5 to book a place in the quarterfinals. 

Sixth seed Holly Fescher of Britain packed off Yu-Yun Li 6-1 6-2 and Nikita Vishwase humbled Belgium’s Tilwith Di Girolami 7-5 6-2. 

Lalami-Sharrma in semis

Top seed pair of Laaroussi Lalami Y and Sacchitt Sharrma reached the boys doubles semifinals with a hard fought 4-6 6-0 (10-7) win over the Dutch pair of Fons Van Sambeek and Niels Visker.

Third seeds Roi Ginat and Sahar Simon of Israel overcame Thailand’s Credit Chaiyanrin and Natthayut Nithithananoint 6-3 2-6 (10-8), while Nishant Dabas and Kabir Hans downed their Indian counterparts Shashikant Rajput and Uddayvir Singh 6-1 6-3 to stay in contention for a place in the final. 

Priyanshi-Rutuja advance

Meanwhile, the Indo-US pair of Priyanshi Bhandari and Rutuja Chaphalkar stunned top seeds Weronika Baszak and Holly Fischer 6-2 7-5 to march into the girls doubles semifinals.  

Meshkatolzahra Safi and Shuoran Wang came from behind surprise second seed pair of Malikaa Marathe and Mai Napatt Nirundorn 4-6 6-3 (13-11), while Lunda Kumhom and Yu Yun Li registered a 6-4 6-4 win over Melissa Boyden and Sevil Yuldashva. 

Anastasia Astakhova and Jiagi Huang drubbed Xinyue Hu and Yijia Jiao 6-0 6-1 to march into the semifinals.  


Boys’ pre-quarters

Sacchitt Sharrma bt Adit Sinha 6-3 6-7(3) 6-2, Raphael Collignon bt Guy Den Ouden 4-6 7-6(3) 7-5, Michael Francis Eala bt Krishan Hooda 6-1 6-4, Madhwin Kamath bt Alexander Gaponenko 6-4 6-3, Roi Ginat bt Niels Visker 7-6(9) 6-4 , Dev Javia bt Ethan Kai Xin Lye 6-3 7-6(5), Hen Chih Lin bt Natthayut Nithithananont 1-6 7-5 6-2, Stijn Pel bt Xiaofei Wang 6-4 6-1

Girls’ pre-quarters

Sandeepti Singh Rao bt Farhat Aleen Qamar 6-1 6-1, Malaika Rapolu bt Kaavya Sawhney 6-0 7-6(5) , Lunda Kumhom bt Xinyue Hu 6-2 4-6 6-4, Holly Fescher bt Yu-Yun Li 6-1 6-2, Nikita Vishwase bt Tilwith Di Girolami 7-5 6-2 , Melissa Boyden bt Sevil Yuldasheva 6-2 4-6 7-5, Anastasia Astakhova bt Yijia Jiao 7-5 6-3, Mai Napatt Nirundorn bt Jagmeet Kaur Grewal 6-2 6-2

Boys’ doubles quarters

Laaroussi Lalami Y/Sacchitt Sharrma bt Fons Van Sambeek/Niels Visker 4-6 6-0 (10-7), Han Chih Lin/Xiaofei Wang bt Alexander Gaponenko/Yair Sarouk 6-4 4-6 (10-5), Roi Ginat/Sahar Simon bt Credit Chaiyanrin/Natthayut Nithithananoint 6-3 2-6 (10-8), Nishant Dabas/Kabir Hans bt Shashikant Rajput/Uddayvir Singh 6-1 6-3

Girls’ doubles quarters

Priyanshi Bhandari/Rutuja Chaphalkar bt Weronika Baszak/Holly Fischer 6-2 7-5, Lunda Kumhom/Yu Yun Li bt Melissa Boyden/Sevil Yuldashva 6-4 6-4, Anastasia Astakhova/Jiagi Huang bt Xinyue Hu/Yijia Jiao 6-0 6-1, Meshkatolzahra Safi/Shuoran Wang bt Malikaa Marathe/Mai Napatt Nirundorn 4-6 6-3 (13-11) 


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