Arjun Kadhe outlasts Yugal Bansal to make it to 3rd Rd

Sakal Times
Thursday, 4 October 2018

On Wednesday, Arjun was in fluent form as he played with authority and stroked the ball sweetly on the hard courts at the DLTA facility.

NEW DELHI: Arjun Kadhe’s quest to become the men’s national champion for the first time gained ascendancy as he prevailed over Yugal Bansal from Delhi 6-2, 6-3 in the second round of the Fenesta Open National Tennis championship.

On Wednesday, Arjun was in fluent form as he played with authority and stroked the ball sweetly on the hard courts at the DLTA facility.

In the absence of higher ranked players from India, this is reckoned to be Arjun’s good chance to win the title. Sure enough, he showed all the right things in his game today.

“I think my opponent played a good match. I didn’t start in the best ways, in the first two games. As the match went on, I think I felt much better. I also thought I was serving really well throughout the match and the best part is I was feeding the ball on the the racket when I needed to,” Kadhe said.

Seasoned player VM Ranjeet showed he still has plenty of tricks in his bag as he dug into his reserves and won 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 against another experienced opponent in Mohit Jayaprakash.

In long battles which go into the decider, experience and being cool matters. Ranjeet had both those qualities to bank on as he got past Mohit in a long drawn battle.

“I felt good on court in general. I had a tough match today. My opponent played better than me in the second set. But I stayed calm and turned it around in the third. Very happy to be in the next round. Looking forward to enjoying it,” said a pleased Ranjeet.

Zeel Desai had a good win against Anusha Kondaveeti and prevailed in straight sets. “I am really happy for my win today and I served really well. I was really aggressive, I didn’t let her come in the match. I was really positive and focused as I didn’t want to lose focus,” she said.

For Siddhanth Bhantia, it was a busy day in office. Competing in both the under-18 and men’s events, he registered two wins on Wednesday.

Second Round: 1-Arjun Kadhe (Mah) bt Yugal Bansal (DeL) 6-2, 6-3; Siddhanth Banthia (Mah) bt BR Nikshep(Kar) 6-1, 6-1; 2-Manish Sureshkumar (TN) bt Paras Dahiya (Har) 6-4, 6-1; 3-Sidharth Rawat (UP) bt Anirudh CP (Tel) 5-0 Retd; 5-Nitin K Sinha (Ben) bt Anshu Bhuyan (Odi) 6-2, 6-1; Ishaque Iqbal (Ben) bt Jayesh J Punglia (Mah) 5-2 Retd.; V Ranjeet (TN) bt Mohit M Jayaprakash (TN) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2; Siddharth Vishwakarma (UP) bt SD Prajwal Dev (KA) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Second Round: 1-Zeel Desai (GuJ) bt Anusha Kondaveeti (AP) 6-0, 6-1; 2-Mahak Jain (Mah) bt Avika Sagwal (Del) 6-0, 6-0; 4-Prerna Bhambari (Del) bt Shweta Rana (Del) 6-1, 6-2; 5-Humera Shaikh (Tel) bt Muskan Gupta(Del) 1-0, Retd; 6-Ramya Natrajan (TN) bt S Soha (Kar)7-6, 1-6; Sathwika Sama (Tel) bt Rishila Sunkara (Del) 6-1, 6-1; Natasha Pahla(Goa) bt C Sai Samhitha (TN) 6-1, 6-4; Shravya Shivani C (Tel) bt Nithyaraj Baburaj (TN) 6-2, 6-3.

Boys U-18:
Second Round: 1-Siddhant Banthia (Mah) bt Nishant Dabas (Del) 6-2, 6-1; 3-Calvin Golmei (Cht) bt Aman Dahiya (Har) 6-2, 6-1; 6-Ajay Malik (Har) bt S Reddy Ghanta (Tel) 7-5, 4-6, 7-4 (4); Kabir Hans (Odi) bt G Suresh Jadhav (Mah) 6-3, 6-3; DhruvTangri (Pun) bt Rhythm Malhotra (Del) 7-6 (5), 6-3; Krish Patel (GuJ) bt Shashank M Theertha (Tel) 7-5, 6-1; Madhwin Kamath (Guj) bt Dev V Javia (GuJ) 6-4, 7-5; Drona Walia (Utr)bt Lakshya Gupta (UP) 6-3, 6-2.

Girls U-18:
Second Round: Sara Yadav (MP) bt Prathiba P Narayan (Kar) 6-3, 6-2; Sharanya Gaware (Mah) bt LSR Vutukuru (AP) 6-1, 6-2; Farhat A Gamar (RaJ) bt Gargi Pawar (Mah) 6-2, 6-1; Humera Shaik (Tel) bt Muskan Gupta (Del) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3; Kashish Bhatia (Del) bt Rutuja M Chaphalkar (Mah) 6-3, 6-1; Sarah Dev (Pun) bt Trisha Vinod (Ker) 6-3, 6-3; Rashmika S Bamadipaty (Tel) bt Vipasa Mehra (TN) 6-2, 6-3; Ishita Singh (Har) bt Vanshika Choudhary (UP) 6-4, 6-3.

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