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Jain, Solanki in ITF finals


Pune :Mahak Jain and Alex Solanki kept the Indian Challenge till the last day by reaching the finals of the girls and the boys’ singles events respectively in the BIPL Sports MSLTA ITF Grade 3 Junior tennis championships here today.

Georgina Axon of Britain also put herself in line for a double crown by reaching the girls’ singles final and winning the girls’ doubles title at MSLTA School of Tennis courts in Mhalunge Balewadi.

Delhi boy Solanki, the seventh seed, upset second-seeded compatriot Vashisht Cheruki in straight sets (7-6(4) 6-2) in a semi-final clash lasing two hours.

He will meet top-seeded Lithuanian Robert Wrzesinski, ranked 80th in the world, in tomorrow’s final following the latter’s 6-0 7-6 (7) win over fourth-seeded Finn Bass of Britain in the other semi-final.

In the girls’ semi-finals, 16-year-old No. 2 seed Mahak Jain disposed off eighth seed Marta Oliveira of Portugal 6-2 6-4, while top seed Georgina Axon overcame fifth seed Sing -Le Fan Chiang of Taipei 7-5 6-3. Axon today won the girls’ doubles title partnering Portuguese player Marta Oliveira.


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