CCI-ITF Junior Tennis: Kamran to meet Nidhi in semis

Mumbai: Sixth seed Kamran Kaur on thursday stormed into the girls` semi-finals of the CCI-ITF junior tennis tournament, ousting third seed Nermeet Shawky in straight sets here.

Six-foot-tall Delhi girl humbled her Egyptian rival 6-3 6-3 in the quarter-finals.

The 15-year-old Kamran, ranked sixth nationally, will meet compatriot Nidhi Surapaneni on friday for a place in the final.

Nidhi, nationally ranked 222, ended Mumbai girl Mihika Yadav`s good run after a well-fought three-setter.

After the rivals shared the first two sets, Nidhi broke Mihika at a crucial stage to emerge winner 6-3 5-7 6-4.

The other semi final will see Ukraine`s Anastasiya Klymenko lining up against fifth seed Indian girl Sanjana Sudhir, who ousted her compatriot Devanshi Bhimjiyani in straight sets.

In an all-India boys` quarter-final, Paramveer Singh Bajwa mixed top spin drives with sliced backhand to have Prajwal Dev in all sorts of trouble as he beat him 7-5 6-3 in 45 minutes.

Bajwa would take on giant-killer Chanudom Wiriyajanyong in the semis following the left-handed Thai`s stunning 6-3 6-3 upset win over top seed Alexey Prokopchuk of Ukraine in another quarter-final that saw the No.1 ranked player commit far too many unforced errors.

Third seed Chak Pong Lam of Hong Kong was given a fright by fifth-seeded Indian rival Ravikumar Ballekere before the former came through 6-3 5-7 6-2.

The results: Boys singles (Quarter-finals): Chanudom Wiriyajanyong (Thai) bt (1) Alexey Prokopchuk (UKR) 6-3 6-3; Paramveer Bajwa bt S D Prajwal Dev 7-5 6-3; Chak Pong Lam (HKG) (3) bt Ravikumar Ballekere (5) 6-3, 5-7, 6-2; (2) Sharmal Dissanayake (SRI) bt Sanil Jagtiani 6-4 6-4.

Girls singles (Quarter-finals): Nidhi Surapaneni bt Mihika Yadav 6-3 5-7 6-4; (6) Karman Kaur Thandi bt (3) Nermeen Shawky (EGPT) 6-3 6-3; Anastasiya Klymenko (UKR) bt (7) Yinglak Jittqkoat ((Thai)6-4, 6-3; (5) Sanjana Sudhir bt Devanshi Bhimjiyani 7-5 6-3.