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Kadhe, Jain in quarters; Mihika stuns Rishika

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Mumbai: Top seeds Arjun Kadhe of Maharashtra and Mahak Jain of Madhya Pradesh, both comfortably sailed into the quarter-finals of the men’s and women’s singles events respectively, in the AITA Ranking JVPG Anirudh Desai All-India Open Tennis Tournament at the Juhu Vile Parle Gymkhana’s on Wednesday.

The Pune-based Kadhe prevailed over Dhakshineswar Suresh of Tamil Nadu 6-4, 7-5, while Jain powered her way to 6-0, 6-1 victory against her compatriot Sara Yadav in second round encounters.

In one of the biggest upsets, third seed Rishika Sunkara of Delhi crashed to a humiliating first round defeat at the hands of unseeded Mihika Yadav (in pic) of Maharashtra. The 19-year-old girl from Maharashtra had things much her own way against the 24-year-old Rishika and coasted to 6-1, 6-0 victory.

Seasoned pro, 43-year-old Nitten Kirrtane of Maharashtra made a second exit going down in the straight sets to 21-year-old state mate Jayesh Punglia. Kirrtane, who had upset fifth seed hardeep Singh Sandhu in the first round, was unable to sustain the winning momentum and suffered a 3-6, 1-6 loss to his younger opponent.

Fourth seed Kunal Anand of Delhi and seventh seed Siddharth Vishwakarma took different routes to the quarter-finals. Anand outplayed Shubham Malhotra 6-2, 6-3, while Vishwakarma had quite a fight on hand before he managed to overcome Abhinav Sanjeev 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.

Hassan Badami strikes form, advances into third round
Hassan Badami of Cricket Club of India was on a roll and waltzed past Vaibhav Waingade of Khargar winning their best-of-five frame second round contest by a convincing 3-0 margin in the CCI All India Open Snooker Championship played at the CCI’s Wilson Jones Billiards Room.

The home cueist Badami straight away got cracking making a  small break of 31 in the first frame and he followed it with a timely constructed run of 38 to win the second frame on the black and open up a 2-0 lead. He, then, signed off in style by compiling a composed break of 51 to quickly pocket the third frame and wrap up the win with the frame scores reading 55-41, 53-52, 61-9.

Sachin, Sonal Sawant emerge victorious
Top seed Sonal Sawant and third seed Sachin Pawar emerged victorious in the junior girls and men's singles of the 2nd Palghar District Ranking Prize Money Carrom Championship.

In the men singles final, Sachin Pawar of Virar defeated fourth seed Sandeep Sarsar 25-5, 24-25, 25-8.

While in the junior girls singles final, top seed Sonal Sawant overcame second seeded Shruti Sonavane of Virar 25-8, 25-8 in a one sided encounter to claim the title.

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