New Delhi, September 30, 2019 : Shivali Rashmikaa set the ball rolling in the Fenesta Open National Tennis Championship on Monday. The unseeded lady toppled a wobbly sixth seed Sai Samhitha, winning 7-5. 6-3 in the Womens singles first round.
On a pleasant day, when the weather was ideal for tennis on the hard courts, Rashmikaa dug well into her reserves and won the first set tenaciously. In the second set, Rashmikaa was on song and got an early break of serve to post an upset win.
DCM Shriram unveiled a photo exhibition capturing 25 years of the Fenesta Open. The pictures captured the journey of the players and the event as it has grown in stature manifold over the years. There was also a felicitation ceremony where some of the past national champions were felicitated: Vishal Uppal, Nitin Kirtane, Archana Venkatraman, Sai Jayalakshmy, Rushmi Chakravarthi,Vishnu Vardhan, Mohit Mayur, Prerna Bhambri,VM Ranjeet, Dalwinder Singh,Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, Ashutosh Singh,Isha Lakhani and Sriram Balaji.
“I took a wild card into the tournament and I played the qualifiers. This being my first women’s nationals, this was a great experience for me. My opponent has a wonderful slice and moves well on court. I am happy I could match her and produce good shots,” said Rashmikaa.
In the Men’s Singles, Kunal Anand, the fourth seed, had an easy passage against Lakshya Anand and won 6-2, 6-4. By his own standards, he won in a breeze. “I have played a really good match today from the start. And I was serving really well. That was the crucial part. And I was playing solid on the returns that made tough for him to make me struggle. And finally when I was up, I was a little casual and game started to slip away but I am happy to close it in the end and I look forward to do well in this tournament,” said Kunal.
Third seed Ishaque Eqbal had it easier than expected as he lost the first set but his opponent Mohit Mayur conceded with an injury. Eqbal agreed he was lucky.
Dhakkshneshwar was in fluent form as he toyed with Fahad Mohammed and won 6-2. 6-1.
The other results in Womens singles proceeded on expected lines.
In Boys under-18, top seed Dev V Javia kept his reputation intact as he overcame Aman Dahiya 6-4, 6-2.
Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was the chief guest and interacted with the audience and players. He said, “I am honored to be here. I truly believe that it is always a collaborative, contributory and team effort behind any success. Even in an individual game, it is never a single person’s effort; there are a lot of people at the back who are not seen. Sportsperson by definition is a person who will never surrender and need platforms like these in all sports to boost sportsmen spirit.”
He was shown all the moments stepped in history and captured in photos by Mr Ajay Shriram, CMD,DCM Shriram Ltd he said, “It has been a long and wonderful journey and we are glad we are celebrating 25 years of this tournament. On this day, I would like to request all the parents to let their children choose sports freely as it is not just important for their physical health but mental well-being also.”
Scores for September 30, 2019: Scores at 7:00PM
Men- Main Draw – First Round Results
Mens Singles Main Draw (First Round)
Kunal Anand (Seeded 4) bt Lakshya Gupta 6-2, 6-4; Dhakkshneshwar s bt Fahad Mohammed 6-2, 6-1; Deeraj KS bt Anurag Nenwani 5-7’6-3, 6-4; Paras Dhaiya bt Rishab Agarwal 6-3, 6-3; Jatin Dhaiya (Seeded 8) bt Lakshit sood 6-4,6-2; Suraj R Prabhod bt Rishi Reddy 6-2 6-3; Aryan Goveas (seeded 2) bt Neeraj Yashpaul 6-4, 6-2.
Women- Main Draw – First Round Results
Womens Singles Main Draw (First Round)
Rashmikaa B bt Sai Samhitha c (seeded 6) 7-5, 6-3; Tejasvi Kate bt Avika Sagwal 6-3, 6-1; Yubrani Banerjee (seeded 7) bt deeksha PR Manu 6-2, 6-2; Sunskrit D bt Salsa Aher 6-0,6-1; Vaidehi Chaudhari (seeded 3) bt Himanshikha Singh 6-0, 6-0; Sai Dedeepya bt Pratibha Narayan (seeded 5) 6-3 , 6-1 ; Shreya Tatavarthy bt Sharannya Gaware 6-2, 6-2 ; Vanshika C bt Jagmeet kaur 7-5, 6-4.
Under 18(Girls)- Main Draw – First Round Results
Girls U-18 Singles Main Draw (First Round)
Ritu Rai bt Anjali Rathi 6-4, 6-3; Sanvi Ahluwalia bt Harleen Kaur 7-4, 7-5; Paavanii Paathak bt Medhvi Singh 6-4,6-1; Divya Bharadwaj Bt Lavanyaa Sreekirishnan 7-5,6-0; Vanshita Pathania bt Suhita Maruri 6-3,6-1; Pooja Ingale bt Ridhima Mehra 6-1, 6-0; Ishita Singh bt Prathiba Prasad Naray 6-3,6-2; Sai Dia Balaji bt Richa Chougule 6-2,7-5; Sudipta Sen Kumar bt Muskan Dhaiya 6-2,6-2; Sai Ramesh Bhoyar bt Hitakamaya Narwal 6-2,6-1; Sharannya Ghware Bt Veda Raju Prapurna; 6-0, 6-1; Kavya Khirwar bt Kirti Tomar 6-0,6-2; Narem Pavithra R E bt Shreekirishnan Charanya 6-2,7-5; Aditi Are bt Sanya Singh 6-1,6-3; Kaavya Palani Bt Tanushri Pandey 3-6, 7-3, 6-4; Gaursia Dabral bt Priyal Choudhary 6-2,4-6,7-5.
Under 18(Boys)- Main Draw – First Round Results
Boys U-18 Singles Main Draw (First Round)
Dev V Javia(Seed 1) bt Aman Dahiya 6-4,6-2; Denim Yadav bt Rohan Mehra 6-3, 6-2; Lanka Suhit Reddy bt Bhupender Dahiya 6-2, 6-4; Aryaan Bhatia (Seed 15) bt Dhanya Shah 6-4,6-3; Divesh Ghalot (Seeded 12) bt Sammr Raina 6-2,6-3; Mohit A Bondre bt Vansh Bhagtani 6-2,1-6,6-1; Kanishk Pal bt Aman Kumar 6-2,6-2; Chirag Duhan( seeded 5) bt Shashikant Rajput 6-4-6-0; Poopathy Shakthivel(Seeded 13) bt Ricky Choudhary 6-2,6-3; Udit Gogoi (seeded 10) bt Sarthak Suden 6-2,6-3; Akhilendrai Indrabhalam bt Tanish Nahata 6-0,6-0; Sushant Dabas (seeded 7) bt Aayush P Bhat 6-1,6-2; Krishan Hooda (seeded 4) bt Deep Munim 7-2,4-6,6-4; Bikramjeet Singh Chawla bt Sameer MD 6-3 5-7 62; Aishi Jalota 6-3,6-3; Madhwin Kamath (Seeded 6) bt Vansh Yadav 6-0,6-1; Drona Walia bt Sam Chawala 6-4,7-6; Anantha Man Muni bt Anand Prak Gupta 6-1,6-3; Nitin Jaipal Singh (Seeded 11) bt Rudra Bhatt 6-2,6-1; Arthav Neema (seeded 16) bt Pranay Choudhary 6-2,7-5; Heerak s Vora bt Arjun a Kundu 6-2,6-3; Kabhir Hans (seeded 3 ) Bt Yauvan Nadal 6-4,6-4; Mann Maulik Shah (Seeded 2) bt Nithilan Eric 6-3,6-0; Nishant Dabas bt Fardeen Qumar 7-3,6-3; Bhrugen Bondre bt Chirag Gahlot 6-2,4-6,6-4.