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U-12 National Tennis: State lads Waghani, Samanth stun favourites

Maharashtra duo Krish Waghani and Achal Samanth fashioned significant upsets to storm into the boys' quarter-finals, in the 10th Ramesh Desai Memorial Under-12 National Tennis Championship at the Cricket Club of India yesterday.

Krish Waghani and Achal Samanth
Krish Waghani and Achal Samanth

The favourites felt the heat on another scorching summer day as Waghani forced the premature exit of second seed Harsith Gummuluru of Andhra Pradesh 6-3, 6-3, while Samanth shocked third seed Anmay Devaraj of Karnataka with an impressive 6-3, 6-0 win.

Girls' top seed Naisha Srivastav of Karnataka overcame a second set challenge in which she was forced into the tie-breaker before halting qualifier Siddhi Khandelwal of Gujarat 6-2, 7-6. Second seed Sanjana Sirimalla of Telangana was forced into the decider before rallying to a hard-fought 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 win over unseeded Rutuja Chaphalkar of Maharashtra.

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