Kalaburagi, November 30: Aryan Shah, the country’s top junior player, secured a remarkable victory over fourth-seeded Sidharth Rawat at the Chandrashekhar Patil Stadium. Aryan, who battled through two tough qualifying rounds, displayed resilience in a hard-fought match, winning 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3) to advance to the quarterfinals of the Ultratech Cement ITF Kalaburagi Open.
The encounter was anticipated to be thrilling, with both players showcasing their prowess. Despite facing the brink of defeat twice, Aryan’s determination shone through, and he capitalized on key moments to turn the tide in his favor. The match lasted for two hours and 49 minutes.
Joining Aryan in the quarterfinals are other Indian players, including the fifth-seeded Ramkumar Ramanathan, sixth-seeded Rishab Agarwal, and the impressive Manish Sureshkumar, who has been a giant killer in the tournament. Additionally, Matsuda Ryuki of Japan, along with Ryotaro Taguchi and Seita Watanabe, both from Japan, and seventh-seeded David Pichler of Austria, secured their spots as quarterfinalists.
In another noteworthy match, Ramkumar Ramanathan faced a tough challenge from wild card entrant Kabir Hans before securing a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 victory. The tournament continues to witness intense competition, setting the stage for exciting matches in the upcoming rounds.
The doubles quarterfinals also showcased competitive action, with pairings like Karan Singh/Parikshit Somani, Rishab Agarwal/Bharath Nishok Kumaran, Adil Kalyanpur/Sidharth Rawat, and Ryuki Matsuda/Ryotaro Taguchi vying for a spot in the next round. The Ultratech Cement ITF Kalaburagi Open continues to be a platform for thrilling tennis battles and unexpected outcomes.