CHANDIGARH, June 20:Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association trainees Jatinder Singh was lucky to win the boys Under-12 singles titles in the AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament at the CLTA Sports Complex in Sector 10 here on Friday.
After splitting the first two sets, Jatinder’s opponent Fatehdeep Singh from Punjab, had a comfortable 4-1 lead in the decider. Thereafter in two games of the third set, Fatehdeep lost concentration and served poorly and committed half a dozen doubles faults in two games which heavily titled the scale in favour of Jatinder Singh, who won 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Throughout the 130-minute hotly-contested final, both players were hitting superbly from first-to-last shot. Besides hitting powerfully from the baseline, they were not hesitant to rush to the net for volley.
It was Jatinder’s second title as in the boys Under-12 doubles final, he partnered Pranav to beat bt Ishaque Eqbal and Dheer Anush 6-2, 6-4.
Meanwhile, the Delhi players will take home the girls Under-12, girls Under-16 and boys Under-16 singles titles. Second seed Ankit Chaudhary (boys Under-16), top seed Samriti (girls Under-12) and unseeded Nikita (girls Under-16) won titles in their respective sections.
Down by first set, unseeded Nikita bounced back into the game with vengeance to shatter the aspirations of fourth seed Abhilasha Mehra in an all-Delhi girls Under-16 final. After settling down Nikita won 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Second seed Ankit Chaudhary played percentage tennis to overcome his team mate Abhimanyu Singh 6-3, 6-2 in the boys Under-16 singles final. Top seed Samriti proved too good for unseeded Devika Chakravarti, also of Delhi, 6-3, 6-1 in the girls Under-12 singles final. It was inadvertently mentioned that Vibhuti Khullar had beaten Devika in the girls Under-12 singles semi-final. It was Devika who had defeated Vibhiti.
Former Director General of Police, Punjab, Sarabjit Singh was the chief guest and distributed the prizes. CLTA General Manage RK Nayyar and Coordinator BS Lamba also distributed prizes among winners in the doubles.
Results (all finals):
Boys Under-12: Jatinder Singh bt Fatehdeep Singh 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Boys Under-16: Ankit Chaudhary bt Abhimanyu Singh 6-3, 6-2.
Girls Under-12: Samriti bt Devika Chakravarti 6-3, 6-1
Girls Under-16: Nikita bt Abhilasha Mehra 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
Girls Under-16 doubles: Medha Toor & Samriti bt Abhilasha Mehra & Priyanka Rawat 4-6, 7-5, 10-4
Boys Under-12 doubles: Pranav & Jatinder Singh bt Ishaque Eqbal & Dheer Anush 6-2, 6-4.
Boys Under-16 doubles: Resham Singh & Suraj Beniwal bt Kamal Kishor & Pankaj Kumar 6-2.