Bendre in line for double crown

SPORTS REPORTER
Saturday, 9 March 2019

Unseeded Anvit Bendre of Maharashtra will clash with second seeded Kumar Anand of Delhi in the men’s final of the Poona Club Trophy Rs 3 Lakh AITA Men’s and Women’s Open Tennis Championships being played at Poona Club Tennis Courts.

Pune: Unseeded Anvit Bendre of Maharashtra will clash with second seeded Kumar Anand of Delhi in the men’s final of the Poona Club Trophy Rs 3 Lakh AITA Men’s and Women’s Open Tennis Championships being played at Poona Club Tennis Courts.

In the men’s semifinals, played on Friday, Anvit Bendre scored a facile 6-2, 7-6 (8) win over Suresh Dakshineshwar of Tamil Nadu while second seeded Kunal Anand was lucky enough to scrape past fighting Pune lad Dhruv Sunish winning 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) in a one hours 50 minute battle.

Anvit Bendre also made it to the doubles finals with city lad Rohan Bhatia. The scratch pair scraped past the pair of Shashank Theertha Macherla and Gunjan Jadhav 4-6, 6-2, 12-10. In the finals, they will take on second seedeed Parikshit Somani and Suresh Dakshineshwar who halted fourth seeded Armaan Bhatia and Ishaque Eqbal 6-2, 7-5.

In the women’s event, seventh seeded Nidhi Chilumula of Telangana upset top seeded Vaidehi Chaudari of Gujarat 7-6 (9-7), 6-4, while fourth seeded Soha Sadiq of Andhra Pradesh upset second seeded Nithyaraj Baburaj of Tamil Nadu 6-3, 6-2 to make it to the finals.

In the doubles semifinals, Humera Shaikh along with Sara Yadav beat Sai Revanur and Arthi Muniyan 6-3, 6-4 to make it to the women’s finals. They will take on the pair of Sravya Chilakalapudi and Vaidehi Chaudhari  who outrallied Anusha Kondavati and Sai Dedeepya  6-1, 6-1.

Results: (Semifinals)
Singles: Mens: (Q)Anvit Bendre (Mah) bt Suresh Dakshineshwar (TN) 6-2, 7-6 (10-8); 2-Kunal Anand (Del) bt 3-Dhruv Sunish (Mah) 6-2, 7-6 (7-2).

Women’s: 7-Nidhi Chilumula (TS) bt  1-Vaidehi Chaudari (Guj) 7-6 (9-7), 6-4; 4-Soha Sadiq (AP) bt 2-Nithyaraj Baburaj ( TN) bt 6-3, 6-2;

Men’s Doubles: 3-Anvit Bendre (Mah) and Rohan Bhatia bt Shashank Theertha Macherla (TS) and Gunjan Jadhav (Mah) 4-6, 6-2, 12-10; 2-Parikshit Somani and Suresh Dakshineshwar bt 4-Armaan Bhatia (Mah) and Ishaque Eqbal (WB) 6-2, 7-5.

Womens Doubles: Humera Shaikh and Sara Yadav bt Sai Revanur and Arthi Muniyan 6-3, 6-4; Sravya Chilakalapudi and Vaidehi Chaudhari bt Anusha Kondavati and Sai Dedeepya 6-1, 6-1.

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