Mumbai, Nov 20 (UNI) Third seed Nikhil Passi was taken the distance before advancing to the boys under-12 quarter-finals, in the Vazirani Maharashtra State Ranking Junior Tennis Tournament at the Vazirani National Sports Academy, Nerul, Navi Mumbai here today.
Nine-year-old Passi of Practennis, Andheri endured a strong challenged from unseeded Karan Mehta who ran him close to force the match into extra points, before Passi won 9-8 (9-3) after enjoying an early lead in the tie-breaker.
In contrast top seed Aditya Vyas and no 4 Nikhil Kannan sailed into the quarter-finals with impressive wins.
While girls under-12 top seed Bharathi Bylapudi and No 2 Snehadevi Reddy advanced to the quarter-finals with convincing wins, unseeded Asmita Garodia overcame Jinisha Patel 9-8 (9-7) in the closest pre-quarter-final tie.
Results (PQF): Boys U-12: Aditya Vyas bt Aryan Goveas 8-3; Ajinkya Bachchan bt Ayush Gupta 8-1; Garreth Pereira bt Neil Thanawala 8-2; Nikhil Passi bt Karan Mehta 9-8 (9-3).
Boys U-10 (PQF): Karan Mehta bt Sunny Khandare 8-0; Vivek Waghmare bt Dhir Gala 8-2; Nikhil Kannan bt Indra Patwardhan 8-3; Sahil Deshmukh bt Uddhav Shishodia 8-1; Ryan Serrao bt Richie Agrawal 8-2; Shubham Kale bt Dhruv Verma 8-1; Dhir Gala bt Aryan Goveas 8-4; Boys U-8: Utkarsh Arvind bt Varun Vora 8-4; Poojan Desai bt Aditya Kamath 8-3; Rian Pandole bt Kaustabh Deokar 8-3.
Girls U-12 (PQF): Bharathi Bylapudi bt Malvika Iyer 8-1; Aashna Sharma bt Angana Shyamrao 8-0; Kavita Mishra bt Apurva Patil 8-4; Asmita Garodia bt Jinisha Patel 9-8 (9-7); Sasha Mishra bt Devanshi Bhimjiyani 8-6; Nandini Das bt Sanyukti Balvani 8-1; Prabhuti Singhania bt Bhargavi Mangudkar 8-0; Snehadevi Reddy bt K.P.
Girls U-10 (PQF): Nandini Das bt Raksha G.N. 8-0; Mihika Yadav bt Bhargavi Mangudkar 8-4; Sharlee Deshmukh bt Shloka Mariwala 8-1; Heeta Kotak bt Ria Vardhan 8-3; Prabhuti Singhania bt Jagriti Sachan 8-0; Dakshata Patel bt Bhavi Shah 8-1; Devanshi Bhimjiyani bt Swany K. 8-2.