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Priyana books quarters berth

Guwahati, Dec. 19: Priyana Kalita and Murchana Saharia today entered the under-18 girls’ singles quarter-finals in the ongoing Glaxo SmithKline-NETF All-Assam Ranking Tennis Championship at the Northeast Tennis Foundation courts here.

While Priyana blanked out Lenin Zamir 6-0 in a one-sided affair, Murchana made short work of Chandrani Thakuria with a similar scoreline in another lacklustre affair in the pre-quarterfinals played today.

Bhumika Gupta, R. Eva Shah, Pratiksha Sarmah, Rizuana Begum, Nazia Ahmed and Debangana Borkotoky are the other players who qualified for the quarterfinals.

In the round of 16, Bhumika eased past Hrishita Borpuzari 6-1, Eva went past Anisha Sarma 6-5 (2), Pratiksha blanked out Harshita Nahata 6-0, Rizuana tamed Karman Saini 6-0, Nazia crushed Shivangi Ray Baruah 6-0 and Debangana overcame some challenge from Janashree Saikia for a 6-3 win.

In the above-35 veterans’ doubles, Rajiv Bora and Anupam Choudhury beat A. Babu and Gautam Ganguly 8-3 in a one-setter quarterfinal match to book a semis berth.

In the other quarter-final matches, the duo of Nafroz Manwar and S. Neog defeated Rajiv Neog and N. Sarmah 8-4, Randip Baruah and Rana Bhuyan got the better of Simanta Talukdar and S. Zaffer 8-3 and Rajib Dutta and Nabarun Saikia prevailed over Partha Gogoi and Siba Sarma 8-2.