Karan Salwan lifts Nat`l u-16 tennis title

New Delhi: Karan Salwan was crowned champion in the under-16 boys singles, while another Delhi player Simran Kaur Sethi lifted the under-16 girls singles title in Fenesta Open Tennis Championship for Juniors on Saturday.

The day belonged to two Delhi players who stole the show with authoritative performances, winning their respective finals in straight sets.

While Karan, who was broken in the very first game of the match, came back strongly to beat second seed Fatehdeep Singh 7-6 (5) 6-4, Simran overpowered her local rival Tarannum Handa 7-5 6-0 at the RK Khanna Tennis Complex.

Andhra girl Pranjala Yadlapalli benefited from an ankle injury to Nayanika Reddy and won the under-14 girls single final 7-6 (5), 6-4 while Dhruv Pal lifted the title in the boys category with 6-4 1-6 6-2 win over top seed Sachin Kumar.

In the last match of the day, Karan was pushed on the backfoot right at the start as Fatehdeep surged to a 4-2 lead before the Delhi-lad got his act together and staged a solid fightback with some powerful strokeplay from the baseline.

Karan broke Punjab`s Fatehdeep in the eighth game to negate the lead and from there on the two held on to their serves before Karan took the tie-breaker 7-5.

Karan then broke Fatehdeep early in the second set and held on to the lead before winning the two-hour contest.


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