Top two seeds in boys singles enter semis of juniors tennis meet

Kolkata, Jan 19 (IANS) Top two seeds in boys singles draw, Hua Chen Yu and Dostanbek Tashbulatov, entered the semi-final of the ongoing International Tennis Federation (ITF) Juniors tennis tournament here on Thursday.

Bengal’s Yubrani Banerjee, a wild card entrant, saw her dream run end when she went down fighting against third seed Akansha Bhan by a close 4-6,7-5,3-6 at the red clay courts of the Dakshin Kalikata Sansad.

The championship, on its 25th year, will witness the finals on Saturday.

Top seed in boys singles draw Chinese Taipei’s Chen Yu crushed the hopes of eighth seed Rishabh Sharda 7-5, 6-2 in the quarter-final.

Kazakhstan’s Tashbulatov, seeded second in the draw, blanked Parikshit Somani 6-4,6-0 in one hour and forty four minutes.

The only Indian in the semis of the boys singles draw, the third seeded Dhruv Sunish got the better of Megh Bhargav Patel 6-1,6-2.

In the girls singles category, top seed from Belgium Axana Mareen ousted Rhea Verma 6-1, 6-4.

Qualifier Lasya Patnaik on the other hand stole the show by entering the semi-final with a 6-3,7-5 win over Shivani Manjanna.