Guwahati, Nov. 28: Third seed Suranjita Saikia of Assam caused an upset while top seed Assam girl Priyana Kalita survived a scare on the third day of the India Club-AITA under-16 Championship Series Tennis Tournament at India Club here today.
In an exciting girls’ singles semi-final match, Suranjita shocked second seed Shilpi S. Das of Odisha 6-4, 7-5 to be the first upset of the ongoing tournament.On the other hand, Priyana Kalita overcame stiff challenge from fourth seed Gujarat girl Rutvi Shah for a 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 semi-final victory.
All the boys’ singles seeded players had a cakewalk over their opponents into the semi-finals.
Top seed B.R. Nikshep of Karnataka eased past Ankeet Kashyap of Assam 6-1, 6-1 while second seed Parikshit Somani of Assam got the better of Ashwin Dhanaswami of Tamil Nadu 6-2, 6-2 and third seed Ishaque Eqbal of Bengal defeated Assam opponent Santosh Acharya 6-2, 6-1. Fourth seed Bijoy Kumar Mohanty prevailed over Archis Borthakur 6-3, 6-2 in an all-Assam fourth quarter-final.
Assam team: The Assam Cricket Association on today named the state team for the Cooch Behar Trophy under-19 tournament match against Jammu and Kashmir to be played from December to December 4 at Barsapara stadium here.
The members: Sajjid Khan (capt), Sunzow Brahma (vc), Wasiqur Rehman (wk), Yatin Mallik, Kaushik Giri, Biku Borgohain, Rajjakuddin Ahmed, Amlanjyoti Baruah, Siddhartha Sankar Baruah, Mrinmoy Dutta, Raunak Bucha, Mujibur Ali, Romario Momin Sarma, Prem Pradhan, Roshan Alam. Coach - Gautam Dutta. Physio - Kaustob Bharadwaj. Trainer - Tauhid Ali Talukdar. Manager - Hasan Ali SK.