Top seed and favourite Siddhanth Banthia lined himself up for a double in the under-16 boys' section as he defeated Megh Kumar Patel to reach the finals of the Fenesta Open tennis championship here today. Siddhanth continued to play with flourish as he beat Meg Patel, the fourth seed, 6-2, 6-3. In sharp contrast, Dakshineshwar Suresh needed time and patience to work his way past Abhimanyu Vennenreddy for a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 win in the second semi-final. "It feels great to be in the singles and doubles finals of the Fenesta Nationals which is one of the greatest tournaments," said Siddhanth, who alongwith Megh Patel beat Rohit Aynampudi and Dakshineshwar Suresh 6-2, 6-2 for the under-16 doubles title. The girls' under-16 final will be contested by Prinkle Singh and Salsa Aher. Prinkle had tough moments to deal with against a gutsy opponent as she lost the first set in a tie-break and then came out tops against Tanisha Kashyap for a 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 6-3 win. In the second semi-final, Salsa Aher dumped top seed Vaidehi Chaudhary 7-6 (7/2), 6-2. Third seed Sandeep VM was all poise in the under-14 semi-final as he ousted top seed Aaryan Zaveri 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 after a good exhibition of tennis from the baseline.
In the second semi-final, Ajay Malik waited patiently for his chances to beat Dev V Javia 6-3,3-6,6-1. The girls' under-14 final will be a contest between Sarah Dev and Sharannya Gaware. Sarah beat Sandeepthi Singh Rao 6-0,6-1 and Sharannya dumped top seed Sanya Singh, the first seed, 6-3,2-6,6-1.
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