Pune: In the battle of Puneites, third seed Hrudaya Shah ousted second seed Gargi Pawar 6-3, 6-0 to enter the final of the Diwali Smash Super Series Under-16 Tennis Tournament at Ravine Hotel in Panchgani on Thursday.
Hrudaya started briskly and kept Gargi on back foot with her furious returns and took the first set 6-3. In the second set nothing went right for Gargi as she made many unforced errors as Hrudaya advanced into the final with a 6-0 victory in the second set. Hrudaya will face Sanya Singh who defeated Shrichandra Tentu 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the first semifinal of the day.
Among boys, Aryaan Bhatia stunned everybody with impressive tennis where he overcame third seeded Sarvesh Birmane 6-4, 6-0. Then Niranjan Nikhil Thiru scored an 6-4, 7-6 (9-7) victory over Sanskaar Choubey.
Semifinal: 1-Sanya Sinha bt Shrichandra Tentu 2-6, 6-2, 7-5; 3-Hrudaya Shah bt 2-Gargi Pawar 6-3, 6-0
Quarterfinal: 1-Gargi Pawar and Hrudaya Shah bt Shrichandra Tendu and Riya Bhosale 4-6, 6-3, 10-6;
4-Radhika Mahajan and Ishita Jadhav bt Mrunal Kurlekar and Mrunmayee Bhagwat 6-3, 6-3; Katha Biramane and Harshita Bangera bt Sahithya Vederea and Charitha Patlolla 4-6, 6-4, 10-1; 2-Shanaya Naik and Sanya Singh bt Subhrata Subhranjali and Pari Singh 6-3, 6-2.
Semifinal: 7-Aryaan Bhatia bt 3-Sarvesh Birmane 6-4, 6-0; 2-Niranjan Nikhil Thiru bt 4-Sanskaar Choubey 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)
Quarter-final: 1-Sarvesh Birmane and Niranjan Nikhil bt Sandesh Kurale and Eric Nithilan 6-1, 6-0; Hitesh P. and 4-Arya Raj bt Hitesh Yalamanchili and Harsha Kumar 7-6 (7-5), 6-2; 3-Arjun Kundu and Sanskar Choubey bt Faiz Nasyam and Rishi Jalota 6-3, 6-2; 2-Aditya Balsekar and Aryaan Bhatia bt Arjun Gohad and Yashraj Dalvi 6-1, 6-2.