Aashman, Digvijay shine in under-14 singles semis

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Chandigarh, Nov 1 (UNI) Third seeded Aashman Goghari and wild card entrant Digvijay Mehta were in the spotlight in the boys under-14 singles semi-finals of the Asian Ranking Tennis Tournament at the CLTA Stadium here today.

Aashman Goghari, with an ATF ranking of eighth, caused the biggest upset of the tournament as he toppled top seed and fifth ATF ranked Sai Teja Paladugu in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 victory.

CLTA trainee Digvijay Mehta, rated as the dark horse of the tournament after he had stunned second seed Ronit Bisht, and sixth seeded Adwait Sadwilkar, in earlier rounds, today maintained his good form to check the winning streak of wild card Manav Kumar Chakma in straight sets 6-1, 6-0.

Playing an aggressive game, Aashman surprised top seed Teja, breaking his serve in the first game. Keeping up the pressure, Aashman won the next two games, including break in the third game to take a 3-0 lead.

The top seed Teja displayed his skills by winning the next two games to make it 2-3. After breaking Aashman in the fourth game, Teja retained his serve and raised hopes of living up to his seeding. However, Aashman won the set by winning the ninth game with Teja serving.

In the second set, both played some exciting tennis. Teja broke Aashman in the in the third and fifth games. Trailing 1-4, Aashman bounced back with vengeance and reeled off five games in a row to wrap up the set at 6-4 and the match. Aashman broke Teja in the sixth, eighth and 20 games. Teja lost to Aashman for the first time in their three meetings so far.

''I did not play well in semi-final today and it was for the first time that I lost to him,'' said Teja.

With two upset wins to his credit, Digvijay Mehta was again in top form as he ousted Manav Kumar Chakma in the semi-finals in straight sets.

Mehta just dropped one game in the first set before emerging winner at 6-1, 6-0.

Meanwhile, the girls Under-14 singles has progressed according to seedings. Top seed Vaidehi Bhagvat will meet second second Palha Natasha in the final tomorrow.

Both recorded easy straight sets victories in the semi-finals.

Third ranked in ATF, Vaidehi ousted fourth seed Anushka Bhargava 6-3, 6-3.

From the lower half, Palha Natasha moved into final at the expense of fifth seed Arzoo Malik whom she beat 6-2, 6-2.

UNI

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