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Rohit Bisht poised for a treble

May 04, 2007 20:31 IST

Rohit Bisht of Delhi made the tournament his own after setting himself up for a triple crown, in the All India National Series and Maharashtra State Ranking Tennis Tournament 2007, co-sponsored by DHFL and IOCL, in Mumbai on Friday.

Bisht stormed into the under-16 and under-14 individual finals and capped a rewarding penultimate day of the competition by winning the under-14 doubles final.

Seeded No 7 in the under-16 category, Bisht demolished No 4 Chetan Pandit of Andhra Pradesh 6-2, 6-1 for a comfortable passage into the championship round.

He will take on third seed Samip Mehta of Gujarat, who crushed Sagar Ahuja of Maharashtra 6-2, 6-3.

As under-14 top seed, Bisht later demolished No 6 Arjun Kadhe of Pune 6-2, 6-1 in the semi-finals.

In the final, he will take on his under-14 doubles partner Digvijay Singh of Himachal Pradesh, who knocked out unseeded Siddharth Rawat of Uttar Pradesh.

Bisht and Singh went on to win the under-14 doubles crown following a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory over Vishwesh Sinha and Tushal Thawani.

No 5 seed Rashmi Teltumbde of Maharashtra will face wild card Carol Augustine of Delhi in the girls' under-16 final.

Top seed Shweta Rana of Delhi and No 2 Sharon S Paul of Tamil Nadu will contest the girls' under-14 final, following contrasting semi-final wins.

National series: Boys U-16 (SF): 3-Samip Mehta (Guj) bt Sagar Ahuja (Mah) 6-2, 6-3; Rohit Bisht (Del) bt 4-Chetan Pandit (AP) 6-2, 6-1.

Boys U-16 doubles (Final): Vaidik Munshag/Samip Mehta bt S. Sidharth/N. Sai Karkit  6-1, 7-6 (4).

Boys U-14 (SF): 1-Rohit Bisht (Del) bt Arjun Kadhe (Mah) 6-2, 6-1; Digvijay Singh (HP) bt Siddharth Rawat (UP) 6-1, 6-3.

Boys U-14 doubles (Final): Rohit Bisht/Digvijay Singh bt Vishwesh Sinha/Tushal Thawani 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Girls U-16 (SF): 5-Rashmi Teltumbde (Mah) bt 6-M Divya Rao 6-3, 6-1; Carol Augustina (Del) bt Shivani Singh 6-4, 6-4.

Girls U-16 doubles (SF): Treta Bhattacharya/Shweta Rana bt Neha Purohit/Rachita Sarda  5-4 (3), 4-2; Garima Vatwani/Shivani Singh bt Divya Rao/Pushpahasa Reddy 4-1, 4-2.

Girls U-14 (SF): 1-Shweta Rana (Del) bt 4-Bhavana Suresh (AP) 6-4, 6-3; 2-Sharan S. Paul (TN) bt 3-Natalia Kaneijo (Mah) 7-5, 6-3.

Girls U- 14 Doubles (SF): Teertha Iska/Bhavana Suresh bt C.H. Nidhi/Raveena Shetty  4-1, 2-4 (12-10); Sansitha Nandkumar/Natasha Palha bt Anusha Bhargava/Sanjana M. Kumar 4-0, 4-2.