Ashish topples top seed Kamal

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Chandigarh, June 17 (UNI) Wild card Ashish Sharma of Rajasthan proved the seeding committee wrong as he shocked top seed Kamal Kishore Maderana, also of Rajasthan 5-4 (4), 5-3 in the boys Under-16 first-round match of the AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament at the CLTA Stadium here today.

Ashish will face another wild card entrant Srijjan Uppal who got the better of wild card Anmol Bains 4-2, 2-4, 5-3 in an an all-Chandigarh first-round encounter.

Delhi's Abhimanyu Singh staged a fine rally to pull of a mild shock with a stunning 2-4, 4-2, 4-0 win over sixth seed Pankaj Kumar of Chandigarh 2-4, 4-2, 4-0.

Second seed Ankit Chaudhary and fifth seed Manish Kumar, both of Delhi, advanced to the boys Under-16 third round. Manish ousted Manoj of Haryana 6-0, 6-4 and Ankit moved ahead after beating lucky loser Arjun Tomar of Delhi 6-1, 6-2.

Meanwhile, Delhi's fifth seed Jahanvi Gupta made her exit as Bhavya Wadhawan, a CLTA trainee, played a spirited game for a hard-fought 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-1 verdict in the girls Under-12 singles second round match. However, other seeded players had a smooth sailing in the third round.

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