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Birthday gift for Treta

Calcutta: Treta Bhattacharya gave herself a wonderful birthday gift at the South Club. The girl who blew 16 candles on Wednesday won her second-round match easily to advance to the women’s singles quarter finals of her maiden National Grass Court Championships.

“I played the junior nationals and lost in the quarters, this is the first time I’m competing in the seniors meet,” said Treta.

Having accounted for fourth seed Parul Goswami in a tough first-round encounter, Treta had it much easier in the round of 16. “I am playing very well and that’s why I’m in the quarter finals,” said Treta. “But before the tournament started, I didn’t expect this. I was aiming to win one round.”

On Thursday, the Standard X Open school student of Assembly of God Church, will come up against Ragini Vimal. The sixth-seeded Ragini will have the edge because of her experience, but shouldn’t make the mistake of underestimating her citymate.

Another exciting quarter-final contest will pit men’s top seed Karan Rastogi against wild card Harsh Mankad. Both won their second-round matches on Wednesday in straight sets.

“He (Karan) is very talented. I’m happy with the way I’m playing, so it should be a good match,” said the 29-year-old Mankad, who lives in Minneapolis.

The knee problem, which bothered him over the last year, hasn’t played up this week. “I am moving pretty well, no complaints so far.”

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