Rashmi Teltumbde had to endure anxious moments in the decider before winning the third set tie-breaker 11-9 to set up a semi-final clash © Getty Images (Representational Image)
Rashmi Teltumbde had to endure anxious moments in the decider before winning the third set tie-breaker 11-9 to set up a semi-final clash © Getty Images (Representational Image)

Mumbai: Maharashtra’s Rashmi Teltumbde extended her fine run in the women s singles, scoring an upset victory over Tamil Nadu’s third seed Sai Samitha C, to enter the semi-finals of the of the Rs 13 lakh AITA Ranking Anirudh Desai JVPG Tennis Tournament on Thursday. Seeded seventh, Rashmi had to endure anxious moments in the decider before winning the third set tie-breaker 11-9 to set up a semi-final clash with second seed Sharrmada Baluu of Karnataka, who brushed aside Delhi s Shweta Rana 6-2 6-1. In another upset victory, unseeded Nandini Sharma of Punjab sent the fourth seed from West Bengal, Amrita Mukherjee, packing with a 4-6 6-4 6-2 victory.

Nandini will take on top seed Natasha Palha of Goa, who was a convincing 6-3 6-3 winner over TN s Nithyaraj Baburaj. There was an upset in the men s second round matches too, with AP s Sai Saran Reddy getting the better of his sixth seeded state mate Shaikh Abdullah 6-4 7-6 (3). Top seed Mohit Mayur of TN and 3rd seed Anvit Bendre of Maharashtra booked their spots in the quarter-finals without much ado.

Results:

Women s Singles (Quarter finals): 1-Natasha Palha (Goa) bt Baburaj Nityaraj (TN) 6-3 6-3; 7-Rashmi Teltumbde (MAH) bt 3-Sai Samitha C (TN) 6-3 1-6 7-6 (9); 2-Sharrmada Baluu (KNT) bt Shweta Rana (DEL) 6-2 6-1; Nandini Sharma (PUN) bt 4-Amrita Mukherjee (WB) 4-6 6-4 6-2.

Men s Singles (2nd round): B Y Reddy Sai Saran (AP) bt 6-Abdullah Shaikh 6-4 7-6 (3); 1-Mohit Mayur (TN) bt Bhavesh Gour (MP) 6-3 6-1; 3-Avnit Bendre (MAH) bt Kunal Vazirani (MAH) 6-2 6-2; 7-Vijay Kannan (TN) bt Ansu Bhuyan (ODS) 6-4 6-4.