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Vishnu bags double, Rushmi has it easy

Calcutta: Jagadish Vishnu Vardhan clinched a double — men’s single and doubles titles — while Rushmi Chakravarthy bagged the ladies singles crown in the IndianOil Servo National Grass Court Championship at the Calcutta South Club Saturday. Vardhan thus earned a wild card entry for the Chennai Open.

Vardhan beat Divij Sharan in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 for the singles title and then he partnered Vinod Sridhar to get the better of S. B. Narayanswamy and V. M. Ranjeet 6-2, 7-6 (9-7) in the doubles showdown.

In the women’s singles, veteran Rushmi had no problem to overwhelm Shalini Sahoo 6-3, 6-3.

Carrying on his winning momentum, Vardhan’s clinical forehand shots and the big serves made all the difference against his opponent who depended on his slices and volleys.

Their sharp differences in styles of play made the match even more entertaining.

Though not a grass court player, Vardhan adapted to the surface well, wrapping up the issue in 128 minutes. Barring few flashes of brilliance, it was otherwise an easy outing for the Hyderabad player.

The Andhra Pradesh player curbed Sharan’s ability to advance to the nets, as his higher-ranked opponent began to lose the script.

Vardhan broke Sharan in the first and fifth games while the eighth one saw a marathon battle laced with eight deuces. Vardhan committed six double faults but Sharan could hardly capitalise on that.

In the ladies final, the experienced Rushmi finished the match in 87 minutes. Down 0-3 in the first set, the Tamil Nadu veteran clinched six games on the trot to wrap up the first set 6-3.

From thereon, it was just a formality as she took the second set in an identical scoreline.

Rushmi has been on the circuit for quite sometime and has won two editions of this tournament.

Vardhan and Rushmi were richer by Rs 35,100 and Rs 23,400, respectively. Men’s runner-up got Rs 24,300 while Shalini received Rs 16,200.

In the doubles, the third seeded Chennai duo took 72 minutes to settle the issue against fourth seeds Narayanswamy and Ranjeet (also from Chennai).

Meanwhile, the promising Calcutta girl, Treta Bhattacharyya, was given a special cash award of Rs 5,000 by the Bengal Tennis Association. In her maiden appearance, Treta made the semi-finals before losing to Shalini Sahoo.

RESULTS — Men’s singles: Jagadish Vishnu Vardhan bt Divij Sharan 6-3, 6-4; Ladies’ singles: Rushmi Chakravarthy bt Shalini Sahoo 6-3, 6-3; Men’s doubles: J. Vishnu Vardhan & Vinod Sridhar bt S.B. Narayanswamy bt V. M. Ranjeet 6-2, 7-6 (9-7).

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