Wheelchair tennis: Karthik shock for top seed Shekar

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Karthik K.

Bengaluru, December 7: Fifth seed Karthik K of Chennai caused a major upset shocking top seed Shekar Veeraswamy of Bengaluru in the third edition of the Tabebuia Open, the all-India AITA-ranking wheelchair tennis tournament organised by Indian Wheelchair Tennis Tour at the KSLTA Stadium in Cubbon Park on Friday.

In the women’s section, top seed Prathima N Rao and 2nd seed Shilpa N set-up a repeat final after brushing aside Kushbu J Ganatra and Sudha A respectively in the semifinals with identical score of 6-0, 6-0. Other seeded men's players Balachandra S, Mariappan D and Shivaprasad entered the semifinals with facile wins in the singles category.

Results: Women Singles QF: Prathima N Rao (1st seed) Ka. bt Nalina Kumari 8-5; Kushbu J Ganatra (4) Mh bt A Ruth Rajeswari TN 8-4; Sudha A, Ka bt Geetha Chouhan, Mh 8-7(2); Shilpa KP (2) Ka bt Manjula SH, Ka 8-0; Semis: Prathiba bt Kushbu 6-0, 6-0; Shilpa bt Sudha 6-0, 6-0.

Men’s Singles (QF): Karthik K (5) TN bt Shekar (1) Ka 7-6, 3-6, 6-4; Mariyappa D (3) TN bt Anand Selvaraj (8) TN 6-1, 6-4; Shiva Prasad (4) Ka bt Suresh Kumar (7) TN 6-3, 6-1; Balachandra S (2) TN bt Madhusudan, Ka 6-0, 6-0. Men's doubles (Round 2): Shekar /Balachander Ka/TN bt Keshvan /Devegowda Ka 8-0; Shivaprasad/ Madhusudan Ka bt Sagar BR/ Moulali Ka 8-0; Anil D Almeida, Ka/ Sathashivam, TN bt Anjinappa, Ka / Alexander James, TN 8-0; Mariappan/ Karthik, TN bt Suresh Kumar/ Gabriel M, TN, 6-0, 6-2.

Women’s doubles (SF): Prathima/ Shilpa Ka bt Ruth/ Stella TN 6-0, 6-0; Ammu Mohan/ Nalina Ka bt Manjula SH / Sudha 6-0, 6-0.

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