CHANDIGARH, April 15 : Second seed and a trainee of Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association Ajay Yadav maintained his winning spree by defeating sixth seed Maninder of Haryana in straight sets 6-4, 6-1 in the boys under-16 singles quarter-final of the AITA Super Series Tennis Tournament being organized by the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association at the Sector 10 Tennis Stadium here today.
Ebullient Ajay Yadav will now face wild card Suraj Beniwal of Haryana in the semi-final. The Haryana lad also registered straight sets 6-3, 6-2 victory in the quarter-final encounter.
From the top half of the draw, top seed Arjun Khade of Maharashtra dropped just one game in straight sets 6-1, 6-0 and challenge eighth seed Abhimanyu Singh of Delhi. Abhimanyu defeated his colleague Manish Kumar in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
Another CLTA trainee Ishaque Eqbal of West Bengal also moved into boys under-12 singles semi-finals. Executing his shots with power and precision, Ishaque beat Arjun Patnaik of Andhra Pradesh in the quarter-final match. Dhruv Pal of Uttrakhand upset third seed Sachin Kumar of Chandigarh in a hard-fought quarter-final by 6-2, 5-7, 6-4. Ishaque will meet Dhruv in semi-finals.
Top seed Tejas Kapoor will face sixth seed Garvit Batra of Delhi in the semi-final contest. Both scored facile wins in their quarter-final matches. Tejas routed fifth seed Rahul BS of Karnataka by 6-0, 6-1 while Garvit ousted fourth seed Anush Deep Bhatti of Chandigarh 6-0, 6-2.
A big upset was recorded in the girls under-16 singles quarter-final match as sixth seed Eettee Mehta of Gujarat shocked second seed Rimpldeep Kaur of Punjab in well-contested three sets 3-6, 7-5, 6-2. Eettee will next challenge Shweta Shrihari who accounted for Shivani Dabas of Delhi 6-4, 6-3. Top seed Parminder Kaur of Punjab beat her colleague and seventh seed Rajbir Kaur by 6-3, 6-2. Parminder’s opponent in the semi-final will be third seed Ravnoor Kaur of Punjab who edged out fifth seed Likita Shetty of Delhi 7-5, 6-3
Results (Q-finals): Boys U-16 singles: Arjun Khade (MAH) bt Manish Drall 6-1, 6-0, Ajay Yadav (Chd) bt Maninder (Har) 6-4, 6-1, Suraj Beniwal (Har) bt Madhurjya Dutta (ASM) 6-3, 6-2, Abhimanyu Singh (DLI) bt Manish Kumar (DLI) 6-4, 6-4.
Boys U-12 singles: Tejas Kapoor (Ist Seed) (DLI) bt Rahul B.S. (KAR) 6-0, 6-1, Ishaque Iqbal (WB) bt Arjun Patnaik (AP) 6-3, 6-1, Garvit Batra (DLI) bt Anush Deep Bhatti (Chd) 6-0, 6-2, Dhruv Pal (UTK) bt Sachin Kumar 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.
Girls U-16 singles: Parminder Kaur (PB) bt Rajbir Kaur (PB) 6-3, 6-2, Shweta Shrihari bt Shivani Dabas (DLI) 6-4, 6-3, Ravnoor Kaur (Chd) bt Likita Shetty (DLI) 7-5, 6-3, Eettee Mehta (GUJ) bt Rimpledeep Kaur(PB) 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Girls U-12 singles: Vaishnavi (DLI) bt Bhavya Wadhawan(Chd) 6-1, 6-4, Roma Chandrin (TN) bt Riya Vardhan (MAH) 6-0, 6-1, Riya Bhatia (2nd Seed) (DLI) bt Victoria Chahal (Har) 6-3, 6-2, Karman Kaur(DLI) bt Simran Wadhwa (DLI) 6-4, 6-3.
Boys U-16 doubles: Arjun Khade (MAH) & Yash Deshpandey (MAH) bt Fatehdeep Singh (PB) & Sachin Kumar (Chd) 6-3, 6-1, Garry S. Amor (Chd) & Madhurjya Dutta (ASM) bt Bhavtaran P. Singh (Chd) & Anurag Sharma (RAJ) 3-6, 7-5, 10-6, Ankit Parasrampuria (RAJ) & Tushar Mandlekar (CG) bt Mandeep Kumar (DLI) & Abhimanyu Singh (DLI) 6-7 (5), 6-2, 10-5, Rajat Maheshwari (WB) & Udai Mann (Chd) bt Maninder Singh (Har) & Sourabh Raghuvanshi (MP) 6-0, 6-4.
Girls U-16 doubles: Shweta Shrihari (TN) & Eettee Mehta (GUJ) bt Roma Chandrin (TN) & Kirandeep Kotade (GUJ) 6-3, 3-6, 15-13, Bhavika Wadhawan (Chd) & Ravnoor Kaur (PB) bt Nikita (Chd) Abhishikta Pandey (UP) 6-1, 6-2, Rimpledeep Kaur (PB) & Rajbir Kaur (PB) (2nd Seed) bt Harkirat Bains (Chd) & Charvi Saxena (Chd) 6-2, 6-3, Parminder Kaur (Chd) & Likita Shetty (DLI) bt Hasan Abdal Dhanoa (PB) & Riya Bhatia (DLI) 6-1, 6-0.