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Merciless Ahaan beats buddy Rahul to clinch MSSA U-14 tennis title

Ahaan Shah of Jamnabai Narsee (Juhu) registered a come-from-behind 8-3 win over Rahul Verma of Campion (Cooperage) to lift the Mumbai Schools Sports Association (MSSA) boys U-14 title at the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA) yesterday.

Ahaan Shah of Jamnabai Narsee (Juhu) returns to Campion's Rahul Verma at MSLTA. Pic/Atul Kamble
Ahaan Shah of Jamnabai Narsee (Juhu) returns to Campion's Rahul Verma at MSLTA. Pic/Atul Kamble 

It was Rahul who started attacking and had a 2-1 lead. But Ahaan played some brilliant deceptive shots to make it 2-2. Later, Ahaan hit some brilliant forehand shots to make it 3-3. Thereafter, Ahaan didn't look back and dominated the game.

Ahaan was thrilled to beat his friend for the sixth time. "Rahul is my best friend. We train under the same coach — Anjan Viplav (former national player). I am thrilled to beat him for the sixth time now," he said.

Rahul was disappointed. "What hurt me more was that despite having a 3-2 lead, I couldn't capitalise on it. I started attacking and committed too many unforced errors," he said.

Kyra beats Jennika in girls final Meanwhile, in the girls U-10 final, top seed Kyra Shetty of Jamnabai Narsee (Juhu) beat unseeded Jennika Jason of Carmel of St Joseph (Malad) 7-2.

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