Mumbai : Unseeded Indian girl Pranjala Yadlapalli continued her demolition of seeded players when she knocked out second seed Hana Mortagy of Egypt in the singles semi-final of the CCI-ITF Junior Boys’ & Girls’ under-18 Tennis Championship.
The 13-year-old Pranjala, who had shocked third Snehadevi Reddy in the previous round on Thursday, came up with another gallant performance to put it across Hana in a long drawn three sets, winning at 6-7(9), 6-2, 6-1, at the Cricket Club of India courts on Friday evening.
Pranjala a product of the Sanjay Tennis Academy in Hyderabad, played with loads of determination but her lack of consistency, allowed her Egyptian rival to snatch a close first set. Pranjala leading 6-5 and serving for the opener failed to convert three match points. Hana fought back for another break to level the scores and force the tie-breaker.
In the tie-breaker too, Pranjala, a ninth class student of Chinmaya Vidyalaya, had two more chances to clinch the set but was unable to convert them. Hana grabbed the reprieve and went on to close out the match wining the tie-breaker at 11-9.
However, Hana due to the hot, humid conditions seemed to tire out and lost the next two sets rather tamely.
Pranjala, will take on top seed Sri Vaishnavi Peddi Reddy, also from Hyderabad in Saturday’s final. Vaishnavi easily prevailed over Yekaterina Gubanova of Kazakhstan 6-4, 6-4 in the first semi-final. Meanwhile in the boy’s singles semi-finals, India’s unseeded Garvit Batra caused another upset when he defeated top seed Goran Markovic of Serbia 6-2, 6-2. Chih-Chun Tang of Taipei defeated Dimitry Popko 6-1, 6-1.
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