| (From left) Thejanino Khate, Raina Zaffar, Kelevino Therhuja and Soihamthai Kaurinta in Dimapur on Wednesday. Telegraph picture |
Guwahati, Dec. 12: Fifth seed Nagaland lad Zhaputso Khate today stunned third seed Jugal Boruah of Assam 6-3, 6-1 to set up a semi-final clash with top seed Sidharth Choudhury of Assam in the 1st AITA Talent Series (under-16 boys) tennis tournament at the Nagaland Tennis Association complex in Kuda village in Dimapur.
Boruah was no match to the hard-hitting Khate in the second quarter-final match played today.
Sidharth Choudhury routed eighth seed Debashish Medhi, also of Assam, 6-0, 6-2 in the first quarter-final to make it to the round of four.
In another quarter-final encounter, fourth seed Mayank Arya of Delhi got the better of seventh seed Kaustav Saikia of Assam 6-2, 6-2. In the semi-finals, Arya will meet second seed Vitsizolie Nagi of Nagaland who defeated sixth seed Chengish Razdan Ahmed of Assam 6-2, 7-5 in the last quarter-final today.
In the doubles event, the duo of Megotsolie Khate and Jesse T. Tahe entered the semi-finals, blanking Menouvi Kire and Mhasen Humstoe 4-0, 4-0 in an all-Nagaland quarterfinal encounter.
In another doubles quarter-final match, Jugal Boruah and Debashish Medhi of Assam defeated state mates Antaraag M. Gohain and Prateek J. Phukan 4-2, 4-0.
In the Nagaland Open for under-16 girls, Thejanino Khate of Nagaland emerged singles champion after defeating Raina Zaffar of Assam 6-2, 6-2 in the final league match today.
Kelevino Therhuja of Nagaland and Soihamthai Kaurinta of Nagaland finished third and fourth respectively after the former won a gruelling three-setter 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-4.