Krish Patel bags National sub-junior under-16 title, Gargi bosses Vipasha in girls’ final

first_imgKrish Patel confirmed his supremacy in the National sub-junior Championship here on Saturday with a marauding 6-0, 6-1 victory over Denim Yadav in the boys’ under-16 final.Not dropping a single set throughout the tournament, Krish was a heavy favourite for the marquee clash but a fight was expected from a gifted stroke-maker Denim, who took down seed two Sushant Dabbas in the quarter-final.However, the sixth seed was on a different level altogether in the final match where his strong ferocious forehands, coupled with ease at finding winners, gave no chance to his rival on the day.Denim looked confident when he entered the court for the opening set but was handed an early setback as Krish broke his first serve.The confidence in Krish’s game was apparent as he played an aggressive game from the word go. Hitting volleys on appropriate occasions to charging Denim’s weak second serve from inside the baseline, gave no breathing room to the 15-year-old boy from Uttar Pradesh.The only gleam of a hope came for Denim after dropping 10 games on the trot which included conceding the first set 6-0 — when he secured his first point from his serve to make it 4-1.It turned out to be just an anomaly in the match as the Ahmedabad boy clinched the match by breaking Denim’s serve 6-1.”I always knew that if I beat Divesh (Gahlot who was seeded 1) in semi-finals, winning the final won’t be much of a tough ask. My strategy was to play an aggressive game and everything went accordingly to plan,” Krish told Mail Today.advertisementIn the girls’ under-16 final, Vipasha Mehra’s dream run in the competition finally came to a halt after she lost to Gargi Pawar 6-4, 6-3 in a lopsided encounter.The result came as a surprise given Vipasha’s glaring form in the tournament that included triumphing higher-ranked opponents such as Bhakti Parwani (first seed) and junior Grand Slam player Sanjana Sirimalla.Gargi played a top-notch game where she engaged in long-rally game with Vipasha who looked a pale shadow of a player that played a flawless game in the earlier rounds. The Tamil Nadu girl played some fine winners but was also flummoxed by the strong forehand returns and topspin strokes by Gargi leading to numerous unforced errors.After winning the first set 6-4, the Pune girl was cruising home for a win with a massive lead of 4-1.However, Viapsha sparked a comeback by breaking Gargi’s serve and then clinching another point to make it 4-3. But she failed to sustain the momentum as her 15-year-old compatriot continued to play a big forehand to perfection to win the set and the match.The victory would mean a lot to Gargi as her tennis career remains in dark due to family’s financial crisis after she lost her father in an accident a year and a half ago.The under-16 champions old still desires to achieve her dream of being a professional tennis player.”I always want to be a professional tennis player and that feeling got stronger after this title. Last year my form wasn’t good; now I win under-16 in my first year in the category. Couldn’t ask for more,” Gargi said.Under-14 finals too saw one-sided encounter as talented Udit Gogoi cruised past a clueless Aman Dahiya 6-1, 6-4 While, seed two Renne Singh trumped Vaishnavi Adkar 7-5, 6-2.last_img read more