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Kiran shocks Adrija

Guwahati, July 23: Eighth seed Kiran Kalkal of Delhi today shocked fourth seed Adrija Biswas of Bengal 6-2, 7-6 (4) while unseeded Sanya Singh of Maharashtra upset sixth seed Rashmika Bandipatty of Andhra Pradesh 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 to book the under-14 girls’ singles semi-finals berths in OIL-AITA Super Series Tennis Tournament, under way at All Assam Tennis Association Complex here.

Andhra girls Shivani Amineni and Rachana Reddy joined them in the round of four. While Shivani eased past Andhra girl Mubashira Anjum Shaik 6-1, 6-3, Rachana made short work of Anaya Thorat of Maharashtra 6-0, 6-3 in the quarter-finals today.

Assam boy Snehal Nayan made it to the boys’ under-14 semi-final, handing a 6-2, 6-3 defeat to Heman Nama of Karnataka.

In the other quarter-finals, D. Suresh of Tamil Nadu got the better of Calvin Golmei of Chandigarh 6-3, 6-2, Rohit Aynapudi of Andhra Pradesh prevailed over T. Shashank (Andhra Pradesh) 6-4, 6-2 and Amit Beniwal of Haryana overcame stiff challenge from Tushar Sharma of Uttar Pradesh for a 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-2 victory.

In under-16 girls’ singles, top seed Assam girl Priyana Kalita had an easy path through to the semi-finals defeating Rachana Reddy (Andhra Pradesh) 6-1, 6-2 and will meet Yubranee Banerjee of Bengal, who beat another Bengal girl, Megha Roy, 6-2, 6-0, in the semi-finals.

Shivani Amineni also made it to the under-16 girls’ semi-finals beating Odisha opponent Rituparna Choudhury 6-1, 6-4. Second seed Haryana girl Neeru defeated Anaya Thorat of Maharashtra 6-1, 6-1 in the last quarter-final.

Yugal Bansal (Delhi), Calvin Golmei (Chandigarh), Dhruv Sunish (Maharashtra) and Paras Dahiya (Haryana) entered the under-16 boys’ singles 16 semi-finals. In the quarter-finals played today, Yugal tamed Kotak Kunj of Gujarat 6-2, 6-0, Dhruv eased past Dev Javia of Gujarat 6-3, 6-1, Paras defeated Arghya Das of West Bengal 7-5, 6-4 while Calvin overcame D. Suresh of Tamil Nadu 6-4, 4-6, 6-1. The semi-finals of the singles and finals of the doubles events will be played tomorrow.


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