Sumeet, Sachie win ITF junior

January 16th, 2009 - 9:20 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 16 (IANS) India’s Sumeet Shinde overwhelmed compatriot Saurabh Singh while Japan’s Sachie Ishizu beat Rashmi Teltumbde to win the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Grade-II junior tennis tournament in the boys and girls sections respectively Friday.Sumeet dominated Saurabh with his solid groundstrokes and showed better court-craft for 6-4, 6-3 win even as Rashmi, seeded first, went down 6-4, 3-6, 5-7 to Sachie on the DLTA courts here.

Saurabh, who Thursday took out top seed Ronak Manuja, began well breaking Sumeet’s serve early in the first game but dropped his serve in the second.

The set then went on serve before Sumeet snapped Saurabh’s serve in the eight game to nose ahead 5-3. But Saurabh retaliated by snatching his opponent’s serve immediately. He could not take any advantage as Sumeet broke back in the tenth to close the set.

The second set saw just one break of serve, in the fourth game, where Saurabh staved off three break points but relented in the fourth to give Sumeet a decisive lead. Sumeet held his serve in the ninth game to win in an hour and a half.

“I was constantly attacking his backhand and that proved to be the key. I hit the ball hard and moved well. I am also happy the way I return and I served much better today. It was a very satisfying win,” said Sumeet, who will head to Kolkata for a Grade-III level tournament.

The girls final, that followed the boys finale, was strewn with errors as both the players frittered their serves at the drop of a hat.

In the girls final, Rashmi broke Sachie early in the third game only to drop her serve in the next. The two exchanged breaks in the seventh and the eighth games before Rashmi, varying the pace and cashing on second seeded Japanese weak service, broke back in the ninth game. She then served out the set in the next game.

Rashmi began the second set confidently, snapping Sachie’s serve in the first and the third game for a 3-0 lead. But the Japanese broke back with a love game in the fourth and playing aggressively held her serve in the next to reduce the deficit.

A streak of forehand errors from Rashmi did not help her cause and with a wide forehand cross-court she gave a 5-3 lead to Sachie, who served out the set to draw level.

The decider once again saw the Indian top-seed get off to a promising start. She was leading 4-1 when Sachie, once again remaining calm under pressure and hitting with power, broke Rashmi in the seventh game to make it 4-3. The two traded breaks in the successive games before Sachie went on to win three games in a row to win after nearly two hours.

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