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Double crown for Tripathi, Deb

Guwahati, July 24: Sumaiyah Begum’s dream run in the AITA Championship Series Tennis Tournament that concluded at Chachal Tennis Complex here was cut short today when she meekly surrendered to her Andhra Pradesh opponent Surya Tejaswini.

Tejaswini defeated the Assam underdog 6-1, 6-2 to lift the under-16 girls’ singles trophy. Assam’s other wildcard entrant Arunanshu Borthakur, too, lost in the under-16 boys’ final, bowing out meekly to Alok Tripathi of Assam. Tripathi clobbered Borthakur 6-4, 6-2 to lift the trophy. He also partnered Sudhanta Mohanty of Assam to bag the doubles crown in the same age group. They came back from a set behind to overcome another Assam pair of Mayukh Talukdar and Abinanshu Borthakur 4-6, 6-3, 10-8 in a gruelling final.

Like Tripathi, Andrita Deb of West Bengal also annexed a double crown in the tournament.

Deb claimed the under-14 girls’ singles title blanking out Delhi opponent Rinisha 6-0, 6-0. She also won the under-16 girls’ doubles title partnering Adrita Banerjee, also from West Bengal, to beat the pair of Surya Tejaswini of Andhra Pradesh and Sumeera Kamil of Delhi 6-4, 6-3.

P. Vignesh Prabhu of Tamil Nadu lifted the under-14 boys’ singles title getting the better of Delhi lad Garvit Batra 6-1, 7-6 (9-7).

Assam tandem of Arindam Dutta and Jonaid Tohsif annexed the under-14 boys’ doubles crown defeating Garvit Batra of Delhi and Richie Agarwal of West Bengal 7-5, 6-2.

The All-Assam Tennis Association extended a travel grant of Rs 10,000 each to the three Assam players — Sumaiyah Begum, Alok Tripathi and Arunanshu Borthakur — who played the singles finals today.

AATA secretary Raktim Saikia congratulated the players and said the travel grants, which would help them participate in tournaments outside the state, were a token of appreciation for their brilliant achievements in this tournament.

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