Top-seeds Mann Maulik Shah and Salsa Aher in Semis of Roland-Garros Junior Wild Card Series 2019

Harpal Singh Bedi

Top-seed and last year’s finalist Mann Maulik Shah

New Delhi: Four top seeds -Mann Maulik Shah,  Dev V Javia, Kabir Hans and  Madhwin Kamath chalked out contrasting victories over their respective rivals to move into the  boys semifinals  of the India-edition of the Roland-Garros Junior  tennis Wild Card Series at the RK Khanna Tennis Complex, here  on Monday .

 In the girls section top-seed Salsa Aher, 2nd-seed Bhakti Shah, 4th-seed Shaikh Humera and unseeded Sarah Dev advanced to the Semi-Finals  after winning their respective encounters.

4th-seed Madhwin Kamath  overpowered  Haryana’s Divesh Gahlot in the opening match  in straight sets 6-1, 6-2.  3rd-seed Kabir Hans from Odisha defeat Rhythm Malhotra from Delhi in three sets 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. Whereas in the third Quarter-Final  top-seed Mann Maulik Shah ousted  Madhya Pradesh’s Denim Yadav6-3, 7-6 (4). The last Quarter-Final saw 2nd-seed Dev V Javia (Gujarat) defeat unseeded Haryana’s Sushant Dabas in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.  

In the  Girls’ category  2nd-seed Bhakti Shah (Telangana) beat Maharashtra’s Gargi P Pawar in straight sets 6-2,6-2 in a lop sided contest. In the second Quarter-Final  Punjab’s unseeded player Sarah Dev  produced a marvelous performance to knock-out 3rd-seed Nikita Anandkumar Vishwase  7-6(5), 6-4.  4th-seed Shaikh Humera played out of her skin to defeat Telangana’s Sunskriti Damera in straight sets 6-3, 7-6(7). The last Quarter-Final of the day saw top-seed Salsa Aher from Maharashtra defeat Uttar Pradesh’s Kaavya Sawhney 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-3..

Roland-Garros Junior Wild Card Series culminates on Wednesday where the boys and girls will be taking part in their respective Final matches to fight for the ticket to Paris, in the presence of this year’s Roland-Garros Brand Ambassador and legendary Belgian tennis player Justine Henin. The winners of the competition will get a chance to participate in the Wild Card Qualifiers of the Junior Roland-Garros 2019.

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