Siddharth Vishwakarma, Mahak Jain clinch title

Sakal Times
Sunday, 7 October 2018

New Delhi: Tall like a beanpole, Siddharth Vishwakarma kept his tryst with destiny as he toppled top seed Arjun Kadhe to become the men’s singles champion in the Fenesta Open national tennis championship on Saturday.

On a warm and humid day at the DLTA complex, Siddharth, who spent more time last year battling fitness issues, used his left-handed natural angles and better court coverage to overwhelm Arjun 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 in an intense match.

New Delhi: Tall like a beanpole, Siddharth Vishwakarma kept his tryst with destiny as he toppled top seed Arjun Kadhe to become the men’s singles champion in the Fenesta Open national tennis championship on Saturday.

On a warm and humid day at the DLTA complex, Siddharth, who spent more time last year battling fitness issues, used his left-handed natural angles and better court coverage to overwhelm Arjun 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 in an intense match.

Before that, Mahak Jain once again showed she had come with a game plan as she demolished giant killer Natasha Palha 6-1, 6-2. The men’s final pitted a favourite against the underdog. As is the case in long battles, the underdog showed he could battle Siddharth, all arms and legs uncorked some fine winners with his forehand and then outhit Arjun from the baseline.

In the third set, the heat and pressure was too much for Arun to handle and he made mistakes to lose the title. “In the first set, I was confident. I had a lot of energy and played well.  In the second set he had a lot of attack . I had a break but a break back too.  I had very low energy so I couldn’t push. But I thought to myself I will perform my best in the third set and I did. To win the Nationals for the first time it feels great unlike last time,” said Siddharth Vishwakarma .

In the women’s final, Mahak was confidence personified as she used smart play and slick court coverage to win a big title. She did not have to exert much.

“I expected that the finals to be a bit tougher because she had defeated Zeel in the semi-finals. But I had my strategy before I came and I executed it well. I was getting tired at the end but finally I pulled it through. I am happy that I won,” said Mahak. Siddhanth Banthia and Humera Shaikh kept their date with the titles as they won easy finals.

“Well, not the best way to win the finals but definitely happy with the performance in the entire week. Especially playing three consecutive event in a week coming through mens’ qualifying and then reaching the quarter finals it was tough for my body,” said Siddhanth.
Humera said: “I am so happy that I won the National 18 girls. I played really great today. It was a good match, a great feeling to win the Nationals. So, definitely a great day for me.”

Results: Finals:
Men: 6-Sidddharth Vishwakarma (UP) bt 1-Arjun Kadhe (Mah) 6-2,6-7 (7-2),6-3.
Women: 2-Mahak Jain (Mah) bt Natasha Palha (Goa) 6-1,6-2.
Boys: Under-18: 1-Siddhanth Banthia (Mah) bt 3-Calvin Golmei (Chd) 7-6,(7-0),6-2.
Girls Under-18: Humera Shaik (Tel) bt Rashmikaa Bamadipaty (Tel) 6-2,6-4.

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