Mumbai, Apr 21 (UNI) Qualifier Nikhil M Sail of Maharashtra shocked fourth seed Jayanth Jayaraman in a pulsating boys under-12 opening round tie to give the Vazirani All India Championship Series Ranking tennis tournament an explosive start at the Vazirani Sports Academy, Nerul, Navi Mumbai, today.
Sail forced his fancied opponent from Tamil Nadu into a marathon two-and-a-half hour battle before pulling off a sensational 7-6 (11-9), 7-5 win in the best match of the day.
Sail clinched the opening set that stretched into an equally thrilling tie-breaker and snatched a crucial break in the second before fashioning one of his most significant wins in his brief career.
As the main draw kicked off on an ominous opening day for the seeds, unseeded Sahil Deshmukh of Maharashtra caused the other upset of the day when he rallied from the loss of the first set to stun No 8 seed Ankit M. Reddy of Andhra Pradesh 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 in another exciting first round tie.
Seventh seed Rahul Somani of Andhra Pradesh survived a late challenge before prevailing over unseeded state mate Maka Krishna Chaitanya 6-4, 7-5 to advance to the second round.
Among the girls, fifth seed Anveshi Gupta of Delhi also endured a late challenge before beating state mate S Vaishnavi 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) in a girls under-12 first round.
Results: Boys U-12 (1st Rd): S. Mukund (AP) bt Hrishi Munim 6-1, 6-0; Jaysheel Pandey bt S. Kishen 7-5, 6-4; Kshitej Gupta bt Arjun Ramakrishna 1-6, 7-5, 6-4; Rahul Somani (AP) bt Maka Krishna Chatanya (AP) 6-4, 7-5; Shashank Nautiyal (Del) bt Fazal Dev (UP) 6-3, 6-4; Tanvir Arman bt Ahan Tagare 6-4, 6-2; Devang Saxena (AP) bt Arjun Patnaik (AP) 6-4, 6-2; S.D. Prajwaldev (Kar) bt Indra Patwardhan 6-0, 6-0; Sahil Deshmukh (Mah) bt Ankit M. Reddy (AP) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4; M.S. Rakshit (Kar) bt Parth Dodhiawala 7-6 (7-1), 6-3; Nikhil Kannan (Mah) bt Shiv D. Satwick (AP) 6-4, 6-4; Nikhil M.
Sail (Mah) bt Jayanth Jayaraman (TN) 7-6 (11-9), 7-5; Manish Drall (Del) bt Jay Poncha 6-0, 6-0; Raymond Jude (AP) bt Ishaque Eqbal (WB) 6-1, 6-2.
Boys U-14: Anirudh Darp bt Aditya Vyas 6-2, 6-0; Parth P. Shah bt S.
Hari 6-0, 6-0.
Girls U-12: Moulika Ram (Kar) bt Apoorva Barate (Mah) 7-5, 7-5; Shriya Pai (Mah) bt Swany Kaji (Mah) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3; Kavita Mishra (Mah) bt W. Bhavya (Chd) 6-4, 6-2; Nayanika Reddy (AP) bt Amruta Zadge (Mah) 6-0, 6-0; Ashna Sharma (Mah) bt S. Sneha (Mah) 6-1, 6-0; Vasanti Shinde (Mah) bt Komal Nagare (Mah) 6-1, 6-2; Sanya Sinha (Del) bt Preeti Bhandurge (Mah) 6-3, 6-1; Devanshi Bhimjiyani (Mah) bt Kajal Chawla (Mah) 6-0, 6-1; Prabhuti Singhania (Mah) bt Anjana Sundaram (TN) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2; Mun Amin (Guj) bt Heeta Kotak (Mah) 6-2, 6-0; Rutuja Bhosle (Mah) bt Abhiksha Rath (Orissa) 6-1, 6-0; Anveshi Gupta (Del) bt Vaishnavi (Del) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5); Sudheera Polavarapu (TN) bt Ria Vardhan (Mah) 6-0, 6-2; Asmita Goradia (Mah) bt Sadia Khan (Mah) 6-1, 6-0; Ambreen Sheikh (AP) bt Jinisha Patel (Mah) 6-2, 6-0.
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