By Jagpreet Sandhu ,Chandigarh, January 14 : Indian players had mixed fortunes on the penultimate day of the ITF Junior-1 Tournament (Grade 3) being played at the Sector 10 Tennis Stadium. Sumit Nagal won the boys doubles title, top seed Rishab Agarwal took his appointed place in the boys singles final and eighth seed Simran Kaur Sethi made her exit from the girls singles competitions.
Sumit Nagal of India in association with Naoki Nakagawa of Japan claimed the boys doubles title after defeating Adrian Du Toit (RSA) and Jeroen Royakkers (Belgium) in straight sets 6-4, 6-2 in the final.
Oleksanra Korshvili (Ukraine) and Madrie Le Roux (RSA) lifted the girls doubles crown by beating Benito Augustine (Spain) and Nina Stojanvic (Serbia) by 7-5, 6-3 in the final at Centre Court No. 2.
Second seed Oleksandra Korshvili (Ukraine) is in line for double as she ended the winning streakof eighth seed Simran Kaur Sethi in straight sets 6-0, 6-1 in the semi-finals. Oleksandra Korshvili is now pitted against top seed Ching-Wen Hsu of Taipei in the final tomorrow.
Ching-Wen ousted qualifier Min Chi Hsu of Taipei in easy straight sets 6-2, 6-1 in the second semi-final.
Top seed Rishab Agarwal of set up the title clash with Hyeon Chung of Korea in the boys singles final. In semi-final at the Centre Court No. 1, Rishab defeated left handed Shao Chi Yang of Taipei in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 in the semi-final. In the second semi-final, Hyeon Chung beat Clement Geens of Belgium 7-5, 6-2,
Soft spoken and but hard hitter Rishab Agarwal from Hyderabad was in total control of the game against left-handed Chi Yang of Taipei. Moving his feet to position himself well before unleashing his ground strokes, Rishab proved better in his powerful flat or top spin serve. He also fired a couple of aces and whenever opportunity came his way he did not hesitate to move to the net for volley.
Chi Yang of Taipei was equally displayed his class. His forehand strokes were good. At times committed unforced error and lost the match.
Rishab broke his opponent in the first game of the first set. Yang paid back in the same coin in the next game to make it 1-1.Yang was again broken in the fifth game as Rishab 4-1 lead. Serving at 5-2 Rishab quickly made it 40-15. Then Yang returned his backhand into the next to surrender the set.
Despite committing a double fault in the first game of the second set, Yang managed to retain his serve. At 30-40, Rishab’s forehand shot landed into the net on his serve and was broken to give Yang a 2-0 lead. The top ranked Indian play got the vital break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Rishab finished the sixth game with an ace for 4-2 lead.
As Yang broke Rishab in the eighth game, the score was level at 4-all. In his quest to wrap up the match, Rishab broke back his rival in the ninth game and held his serve to win the set a 6-4 and the match.
In the second semi-final, Hyeon Chung of Korea snuffed out the challenge of Geens Clement of Belgium in straight sets 7-5, 6-2 in one hour and 35 minutes.
Eighth seed Simran Kaur Sethi of India today looked off-colour as second seed from Ukraine Oleksandra Korashvili overpowered her. Simran could win only one games in two sets (6-0, 6-1).
Results: Boys singles (semi-finals): 1-Rishab Agarwal (Ind) bt Shao Chi Yang (Tpe) 6-2, 6-4, Hyeon Chung (Kor) bt, Geens Clement (Bel) 7-5, 6-2.
Girls singles (semi-finals): 1-Ching-Wen Hsu (Tpe) bt Min-Chi Hsu (Tpe) 6-2, 6-1, 2-Oleksandra Korashvili (Ukr) bt 8-Simran Kaur Sethi (Ind) 6-0, 6-1.
Boys doubles (final): Sumit Nagal (Ind) / Naoki Nakagawa (Jpn) bt Adriaan Du Toit (RSA) and Jeroen Royakkers (Bel) 6-4, 6-2.