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Five seeds toppled

Guwahati, Nov. 20: The second day of the ITF World Junior Ranking Tennis Championship, under way at the All Assam Tennis Association complex at Chachal here, witnessed as many as five upsets today.

Gagan Sharma of India caused a major upset, toppling top seed compatriot Kumara P. Saradhi Adavelly 6-2, 6-0 in the boys’ under-18 singles pre-quarterfinals today.

In another upset in the boys’ courts, unseeded Hardeep Singh Sandhu of India shocked fifth seed Shashank Nautiyal of India 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 in a pre-quarters match.

The girls’ event also witnessed three seeds outplayed by unseeded players.

In the topmost upset of the girls’ courts, third seed Khee Yen Wee of Singapore went down to Indian opponent Snehal Mane without putting up much of a fight. Mane won the pre-quarters match 6-0, 6-4.

Another Singapore girl, fifth seed Ee Yi Olivia Koh, bit the dust against Indian girl Nida Shahid Kamal who won the match 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

Ramya Natrajan made short work of sixth seed Assam girl Priyana Kalita 6-1, 6-0 in the third upset of the day.

All the quarter-finals will be played tomorrow.

The doubles event of the tournament also got under way today.

Results: Boys’ singles pre-qtrs: Garvit Batra (India) beat Anurag Nenwani (India) 6-2, 6-1, Fatehdeep Singh (India) beat Yu-Han Lin (Taipei) 6-0, 6-1, Mahendru Tanishq (India) beat Allen Koundan (India) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5), Gary Tokas (India) beat Rohan Punj (India) 2-6, 7-5, 6-2, Chih-Chun Tang (Taipei) beat Balaji Lakhmanlan (India) 6-1, 6-3, Anvit Bendre (India) beat Alexis Canter (Great Britain) 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-6(3).

Girls’ singles pre-qtrs: Yuchia Chen (Tpe) beat Jennifer Luikham (India) 6-4, 6-0, Sai Samitha Chamarthi (India) beat Shrishti Das (India) 6-3, 6-1, Trisha Punamiya (India beat Shambhavi Dixith (India) 6-0, 6-3, Ann-Christin Nilsson (Germany) beat Suranjeta Saikia (India) 6-1, 6-0, Nehel Sahni (India) beat Rashmitha Reddy Pasula (India) 4-6, 6-0, 6-2.