CHANDIGARH, JAN 4 :Indians Kaza Vinay Sharma and Rashmi Telumbde got the top billings in the boys and girls singles, respectively, in the ITF Junior Tennis Tournament (Grade 3) for boys and girls Under-18 being conducted by the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association at the Sector 10 Tennis Stadium here from tomorrow.
Sharma has been drawn to face Uzbekistan’s Shofayziev Shogafur in his opening match. He is the heightest ranked player with an International Tennis Federation ranking of 140. Second seed Chandril Sood will face Lakshit Sood in the first round.
Top seed Rashmi Telumbde, with ITF ranking of 96, will clash with wild card Ikttesh Chahal of Chandigarh in the girls singles first-round encounter. Second seed Shroff Kyra has been drawn to face Natasha Palha.
Meanwhile, Ravnoor Kaur and Mehak, both of Chandigarh, made it to the girls main draw. Delhi-based Tarrannum Handa and Sowjanya Bavisetti also entered the main draw which begins tomorrow.
In the girls final qualifying round matches Ravnoor Kaurousted Likhita Shetty 6-0, 7-6 (4) and Mehak accounted for Noor Paul 6-2, 6-0. Tarrannum Handa showed the exit door to Disha Saigal 6-2, 7-5 and Sowjanya Bavisetti outplayed Ankita Bhatia 6-1, 6-1.
Two foreigners Yoannis Hilelis of France and Gerasimova Egor Belarus entered the boys main draw. Indians Tushal Thawani and Maninder Singh also qualified for the main draw.
Maninder Singh shattered the hopes of Nischay Rawal by beating him in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 while Tushal Thawani defeated Navneet Kumar 6-3, 6-4 in the final qualifying rounds.
Hitting hard Yoannis Hilelis of France beat Vinod Gowda 6-1, 6-3 while Gerasimova Egor (Blr) overcame a spirited challenge from Kunal Anand 7-6 (3), 6-4.
Seedings: Boys singles: 1 Kaza Vinay Sharma (India, ITF ranking 140), 2 Chandril Sood (India, 192), 3 Marqus Christopher (Ind, 225), 4 Vaidik Munshaw (Ind, 257), 5 Piftor Roamn (Uzb, 272), 6 Mundappa Appanervai (Ind, 278), 7 Titov Mikhail (Rus, 329), 9 Saurabh Singh (Ind, 336).
Wild cards: Mandeep Singh Gill, Digvijay Singh, Rohit Bisht, Venkat Iyer.
Qualifiers: Yoannis Hilelis (Fra), Tushal Thawani, Gerasimova Egor (Blr), Maninder Singh.
Girls singles: 1 Rashmi Telumbde (Ind, 96), 2 Kyra Shroff (Ind, 108), 3 Sachie Ishizu (Japan, 135), 4 Tanvi Shah (Ind, 159), 5 Melis Sazer (Tur, 184), 6 Starkova Valentine (Kaz, 206), 7 Rishika Sunkara (Ind, 215), 8 Kazmenkov Vladislava (Blr, 234).
Wild cards: Ikteesh Chahal, Prarthana Thombare, Ratnika Batra, Shilpa Naruka.
Qualifiers: Sowjanya Bavisetti, Mehak, Ravnoor Kaur and Tarrannum Handa.
Results Boys (final qualifying): Yoannis Hilelis (Fra) bt Vinod Gowda 6-1, 6-3, Tushal Thawani bt Navneet Kumar 6-3, 6-4, Gerasimova Egor (Blr) bt Kunal Anand 7-6 (3), 6-4, Maninder Singh bt Nischay Rawal 6-3, 6-2.
Girls: Sowjanya Bavisetti bt Ankita Bhatia 6-1, 6-1, Mehak bt Noor Paul 6-2, 6-0, Ravnoor Kaur bt Likhita Shetty 6-0, 7-6 (4), Tarrannum Handa bt Disha Saigal 6-2, 7-5.