Qualifier Tahira Bhatti enters semi-finals

Mumbai: Continuing her superb run, qualifier Tahira Bhatti of Delhi stormed into the under-16 girls singles semi-finals of the fourth Ramesh Desai Memorial All India ranking tennis tournament, outclassing ninth seed Ambika Pande in straight sets.

Tahira, who will meet Maharashtra`s second seed Rutuja Bhosale for a place in the final, dumped Ambika, ranked 27th in the country, 6-1, 6-0.

Tahira had ousted third seed C Sai Samhita of Tamil Nadu and 13th seed D Mahitha of Andhra Pradesh in earlier rounds.

The other semi-final would pit top seed Teertha Iska of Andhra Pradesh and fourth seed Snehadevi Reddy of Maharashtra.