Chatwal, Parekh completes clean sweep

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Mumbai, Nov 23 (UNI) Arvinder Chatwal of Delhi and S. Parekh of Maharashtra repeated Mayur Vasant's performance when they bagged the 55+ and 65+ singles and doubles crown respectively in the GVK AISTA Senior National Ranking Tennis Tournament played at Practennis, Andheri here today.

Both the players earlier had won the doubles title in the same age category. It was a triple delight in all the singles winner; coincidentally they are also the winners of the doubles event. Mayur Vasant of Maharashtra won the 45+ singles and with D. S. Ramarao he won the doubles, same was the case with Arvinder Chatwal who won the 55+ singles and won the doubles with A. Rambabu while S. Parekh repeated the same feat in the 65+ singles and doubles.

Both the singles finals scheduled today were expected results. S.

Parekh dumped his opponent H. D. Balal without breaking a sweat and eventually winning it 6-0, 6-0. The 67-year-old has won as many as 60 titles in his career and this year he managed to win seven titles so far. ''I have always been playing tennis as it helps in keeping myself fit. I like winning and all the senior tournaments that happened this year I have managed to win it,'' said Parekh.

While in the other court, both the players were fighting tooth to tooth and either one of them did not give the point easily. The Delhite won the first set with his strong serve and brilliant ground strokes which his opponent had no answers. But the wildcard entrant got a tough fight in the second set when A. R. Rao started attacking the net. None of the players could break anyone's serve and the set went into the tiebreaker, which the Andhra player won by 6-7. The decider set got everyone's attention but unfortunately Chatwal got the better of Rao to sweep the set and match by 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-2.

The 66-year-old from Delhi was excited to win the tournament.

''It feels great that I managed to win both the titles in my category. Personally there were lot of tough players in my category but I managed to win in the end,'' said Chatwal.

The singles winner pockets got heavier by Rs 17,000 with a trophy while the doubles winner got richer by Rs 4,500 each with a trophy.

Final Results: 55+ singles (finals): WC- Arvinder Chatwal (DEL) bt A.R. Rao (AP) by 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-2. 65+ singles (finals): 1- S.

Parekh (MAH) bt 4- H. D. Balal (KAR) 6-0, 6-0. 45+ singles: (finals): WC- Mayur Vasant (MAH) bt 2- Srinivas Reddy (AP) 6-1, 6-1.

45+ doubles (finals): D. S. Ramarao (MAH)/ Mayur Vasant (MAH) bt M.

Prakash (AP)/ P. K. Gupta (UP) 6-1, 6-1. 55+ doubles (finals): WC- A. Rambabu (AP)/A. Chatwal (DEL) bt 1- T. A. P. N. Rao (AP)/ K. R.

Krishna (AP) 6-1, 6-1. 65+ doubles (finals): Q2- S. Parekh (MAH)/ S.

Bhagat (MAH) bt WC- H. D. Bhalal (AP)/ G. K. Sangameshwar (AP) 6-1, 6-4.


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