Ashutosh through to last eight, Shivika out of national tennis

March 2nd, 2011 - 10:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, March 2 (IANS) Defending Champion Ashutosh Singh of Delhi remained on course for the title, ousting third seed Mithun Murali of Tamil Nadu 7-5, 6-4 to cruise into the men’s singles quarterfinals of the National Grasscourt tennis Championships here Wednesday.

There was a big upset in the women’s competition as top seed and crowd favourite Shivika Burman bit the dust at the Calcutta South Club.

Ashutosh accounted for Murali in 115 minutes of the pre-quarterfinal contest.

In the first set, Ashutosh broke Murali in the fourth game but was broken back in the seventh. Finally in the 12th game Ashutosh managed to break Murali and took the set at 7-5. In the second set the lone break happened in the 10th game as the Delhi boy comfortably went through.

In the women’s singles, Srivaishnavi Peddireddy of Andhra Pradesh required 87 minutes to beat Shivika 6-2, 7-5.

In the opening set, qualifier Vaishanavi broke Shivika in the fourth and eighth games.

In the second set, Shivika was broken in the sixth but she broke back, though she failed to retain serve the 12th game.

Veteran Sonal Phadke of Mumbai produced vintage form defeating eighth seeded Shalaka Uddur Manjunath of Karnataka 6-2, 6-1 in 65 minutes. Shalaka is 10 years junior to Sonal.

In the opening set, Sonal broke Shalaka in the first and seventh games. In the second set, the games went against serves with Sonal retaining her serve in second and sixth games.

The results of matches played Wednesday:

Men’s singles: Pre-quarter finals: Akash Wagh (Mah) beat Abhijeet Tiwari (Cg)(Q) 6-1,6-3; Yannick Nelord (Dli)(5) beat Sagar Manjanna (Kar) 6-4,6-2; Asutosh Singh (Dli) beat Mithun Murali (TN)(3) 7-5,6-4; S.Tejesvi (AP) beat Shantanu Rajput (Dli) 6-4,7-5; Saurav Sukul (WB)(7) beat Vinod Kumar Sewa (WB) 6-3,2-6,7-5; Ajai Selvaraj (TN)(4) beat Tejas
Chaukalkar (Mah) 7-6(7-5),6-4; Krishna Suresh (AP) beat Shahbaaz Khan (Mah) 6-2,6-2; P.C. Vignesh (AP)(2) beat Maninder Singh (Har)(Q) 6-0.

Women’s singles: Pre-quarter finals: Srivaishnavi Peddireddy (AP)(Q) beat Shivika Burman (WB)(1) 6-2,7-5; Gopika Kapoor (Dli)(5) beat Ankita Bhatia (Har) 5-7,6-3,6-2; Kyra Firdaus Shroff (Mah)(3)(WC) beat Dipti Srivastava (WB) 6-2,6-0; Treta Bhattacharyya (WB)(6) beat Amrita Mukherjee (WB)(WC) 6-2,6-3; Sonal Phadke (Mah)(Q) beat Shalaka Uddur Manjunath (Kar)(8) 6-2,6-1; Rishika Sunkara (Dli)(Q) beat Nithyaraj Baburaj (TN) 6-3,6-3; Preethi Srinivasan (TN) beat Prarthana Prathap (Kar) 6-2,7-5; Aishwarya Agarwal (MP)(Q) beat. Mohana Sarker (WB)(WC) 6-0,6-0.

Men’s doubles: Quarter-finals: Abhijeet Tiwari (Cg) & Akash Wagh (Mah) beat Mithun Murali (TN) & P.C. Vignesh (AP)(1) 7-6(8-6),6-4; Ronak Manuja (Mah) & Shahbaaz Khan (Mah)(4) beat Sagar Manjanna (Kar) & Tejas Chaukalkar (Mah) 6-3,6-2; Sunil Kumar Sipaeya (Chd) & Prahlad Srinath (Kar) beat Suresh Krishna (AP) & Saurav Sukul (WB)(3) 7-6(8-6),2-6,10-7; Vijay Sundar Prashanth (TN) & Ajai Selvaraj (TN)(2) beat Rajat
Mahewshwari (Mah) & Kamal Kumar Suresh (Kar) 7-6(7-4),7-6(7-2)

Women’s Doubles: Quarter-finals : Shivika Burman (WB) & Kyra Shroff (Mah) beat Grace Hannah (TN) & Mohana Sarker (WB) 6-0,6-0; Treta Bhattacharyya (WB) & Arantxa Andrady (Dli)(3) beat Amrita Mukherjee (WB) & Srivaishanavi Peddireddy (AP) 6-3,6-4; Ankita Raina (Guj) & Rishika Sunkara (Dli) beat Priyanka Rawat (Utk) & Vaibhavi Trivedi (Guj) 6-0,6-0; Gopika Kapoor (Dli) & Aishwarya Agarwal beat Ankita Bhatia (Dli) & Shalaka Uddur Manjunath (Kar) 6-3,7-5..

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