In a giant-killing effort, Vipasha Mehra knocked out top seed Bhakti Parwani 0-6 6-0 6-4 to move to the semifinals of the girls under-16 event at the Fenesta Open Junior National Tennis Championship on Thursday.
It was a remarkable turn around by Vipasha who had struggled to get on board in the opening set.
"I don't think I even got five points in the first set. But I tried to refocus and start again in the second set. I got my rhythm back slowly but then the third set was like a roller-coaster for me mentally. The win today still has not sunk in yet. I knew I was playing with the top seed but I did not let that affect me and remained focused on my game," said the girl from Tamil Nadu.
Also advancing to the last-four was fourth seed Sunskriti Damera, who eased past Bela Tamhankar 6-2 6-2. Sanjana Sirimala rallied past Rutuja Chaphalkar 7-6(4) 6-3.
In the last quarter-final, Gargi Parwar was tested in the first set before she thumped Kasish Bhatia 7-6 (5) 6-1.
In the under-16 boys' event, Divesh Gahlot came from behind to beat Naresh Badgujar 4-6 6-1 6-1.
"The match was good. I have always played with Naresh three sets. But I am hoping to play my best in the next two matches," said Gahlot.
In another tough match, Denim Yadav outgunned Sushant Dabas 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
Boys Under 16 Junior (Quarter -Final)
Divesh Gahlot (Seed 1) bt Naresh Badgujar (HR) 4-6,6-1,6-1; Denim Yadav (seed 9)(MP) bt Sushant Dabas (seed 2) 6-3,2-6,6-4; Krish Patel(seed 6)(GJ) bt Mohit Bondre(GJ)6-1,7-5; Aryaan Bhatia(MH) bt Iqbal Mohd Khan(TS) 6-0,6-1;
Girls Singles U-16 Junior (Quarter-Final)
Vipasha Mehra (seed 12) (TN) bt Bhakti Parwani (seed1) (GJ) 0-6,6-0,6-4; Sunskriti Damera(seed 4) (TS) bt Bela Tamhankar (MH) 6-2,6-2; Sanjana Sirimala(TS) bt Rutuja M Chaphalkar (MH) 7-6(4),6-3; Gargi Parwar(MH) bt Kasish Bhatia(DL)7-6(5),6-1 ;
Boys Singles U-14 Junior (Quarter-Final)
Udit Gogoi (seed 1) (AS) bt Arjun N Gohad (MH) 7-5,6-0; Aman Dahiya (seed 2) (HR) bt Deep Munim(MP) 6-2,6-2; Ajay Singh (HR) bt Bushan Haobam (MN) 6-4,4-6,6-2; Aayush Bhat(seed 4) (KA) bt Nithilan Eric(KA) 6-0, 7-5.
Girls Singles U-14 Junior (Quarter-Final)
Vaishnavi Adkar (seed 1) (MH) bt Renne Singla (HR) 7-6(3),6-4; Renee Singh(seed 2)(RJ) bt Suhita Maruri(KA) 6-2,6-2; Maithili Mothe (MH) bt Pari Singh(seed 3)(HR) 6-3,6-2; Kundana Bandaru(TN) bt Anjali Rathi(HR) 6-2,6-3.
(With inputs from agencies.)