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Seeds sail through

Guwahati, Dec. 10: The top eight seeds were awarded a bye in the first round of the 1st AITA Talent Series under-16 Tennis Tournament that got under way at the Nagaland Tennis Association complex at Kuda village in Dimapur today.

Assam boys Tanay Bagree, Antaraag M. Gohain, Satyam Bora, Yaminik I. Talukdar, Prateek Joy Phukan and Anshuman Phukan have joined the top eight seeds along with Nousi Kire and Khriemetuo Peinyu of Nagaland in the round of 16.

In the single-setter first-round matches, Bagree defeated Pelesetso Khate of Nagaland 9-4, Gohain eased past Anurag Borah (Assam) 9-2, Bora prevailed over Megotsolie Khate of Nagaland 9-2, Talukdar outplayed Mhasen Humtsoe of Nagaland 9-4, Phukan blanked out Jesse T. Tahe of Nagaland 9-0 and Anshuman Phukan tamed Mesanhu Kaurinta of Nagaland 9-1. Kire blanked Menouvi Kire 9-0 and Peinyu got the better of Vishalou Pao 9-3 in two all-Nagaland encounters.

In the Nagaland Open for girls, being held simultaneously, Raina Zaffar of Assam defeated Soihamthai Kaurinta of Nagaland 7-5, 7-5 and Thejanino Khate of Nagaland overcame state mate Kelevino Therhuja 7-6(8-6), 6-3 in Round Robin league matches.