Mumbai: Two-time national champion Niki Poonacha knocked out the seventh seed Arthur Weber of France 6-4, 7-6(5) in the pre-quarterfinals of the $25,000 ITF men’s tennis tournament at the MSLTA Complex on Thursday.
In the quarterfinals, Niki will challenge the top seed Oliver Crawford who blanked wild card entrant Sandesh Kurale.
The champion of the Delhi event, Digvijay Pratap Singh fought his way past Ivan Denisov of Russia 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(3). He will meet compatriot Sidharth Rawat in the quarterfinals.
Former national champion Siddharth Vishwakarma proved too hot for qualifier Faisal Qamar as he cruised into the quarterfinals for the loss of three games. He will face Ryuki Matsuda of Japan.
Karan Singh was unable to thrive on a strong start and lost his way midway through the second set against Kazuki Nishiwaki of Japan.
Rishab Agarwal was unable to sustain a strong fight after the first set against fourth seed Dominik Palan.
Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Oliver Cawford (USA) bt Sandesh Kurale 6-0, 6-0; Niki Poonacha bt Arthur Weber (Fra) 6-4, 7-6(5); Dominik Palan (Cze) bt Rishab Agarwal 7-6(7), 6-2; Kazuki Nishiwaki (Jpn) bt Karan Singh 4-6, 6-4, 6-0; Ryuki Matsuda (Jpn) bt Bekhan Atlangeriev (Rus) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3; Siddharth Vishwakarma bt Faisal Qamar 6-1, 6-2; Sidharth Rawat bt Bharath Kumaran 6-4, 6-2; Digvijay Pratap Singh bt Ivan Denisov (Rus) 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(3).
Doubles (quarterfinals): vladyslav Orlov (Ukr) & Vishnu Vardhan bt Gunjan Jadhav & Lakshit Sood 6-2, 6-2; Faisal Qamar & Nitin Kumar Sinha bt Bekhan Atlangeriev & Ivan Denisov (Rus) 6-2, 6-4; Tushar Madan & Jagmeet Singh bt Bharath Kumaran & Rishi Reddy 7-6(6), 3-6, [13-11]; Rithvik Bollipalli & Niki Poonacha bt Rishab Agarwal & Sai Karteek Reddy Ganta 6-3, 6-3.
AITA Super Series: Divya Ungrish beats 2nd seed Rubani Kaur Sidhu
Jalandhar: Top seed Divya Ungrish beat second seed Rubani Kaur Sidhu 7-6(3), 7-5 to win the girls title in the AITA Super series under-16 tennis tournament at the Singha Sports Academy on Thursday.
In the boys event, Mohammad Asim set up a title clash with Adhiraj Thakur.
Boys (semifinals): Mohammad Asim bt Laksh Sharma 6-2, 6-2; Adhiraj Thakur bt Jasraj Singh Jagdev 6-1, 6-4.
Doubles (final): Jasraj Singh Jagdev & Adhiraj Thakur bt Yash Rana & Karen Singh 6-0, 6-3.
Girls (final): Divya Ungrish bt Rubani Kaur Sidhu 7-6(3), 7-5; Semifinals: Divya bt Avishi Sharma 6-2, 6-0; Rubani w.O. Naureen Bhardwaj.