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New Delhi, February 25, 2020
Top seed Dev V Javia registered yet another clinical win as he defeated Nitin Singh 6-2, 6-1, to set up a final showdown with Chirag Duhan at the Roland-Garros Junior Wild Card Series held at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA) here today.
Third seed Duhan cruised to the final after winning 6-1, 6-0 against Mohit Bondree.
In the Girls’ Semi-Finals, the unseeded players put on spirited performances to knock out the two top seeds. Vaishnavi Adkar played out of her skin to make a memorable comeback and defeat second seed Akanksha Nitture 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, while Sanjana Sirimalla defeated top seed Reshma Maruri in straight sets 6-4, 7-5.
The second day of the tournament witnessed some nail-biting games as the players fought hard to reach the finals and grab the coveted spots at the Junior Roland-Garros Qualifiers in Paris.
The finals will take place tomorrow and the two winners will then travel to Paris to play against their counterparts from Mexico, Brazil, and China, in a bid to qualify for the main draw of the Junior Roland-Garros Championships.
The tournament’s brand ambassador, four-time Grand Slam Champion Mary Pierce was on the side-lines watching the day’s events unfold. She was left impressed by the plucky display of the 16 junior players battling it out at the tournament
“I am delighted to be back in India, watching the junior stars of Indian tennis in action," said Pierce.
“I know from personal experience the crucial role junior tennis plays in improving the game of budding players and laying a solid foundation for their careers. I am quite impressed by the standard of the game I have seen so far. This reaffirms my belief that India has real potential to be a tennis power-house in the future," she said.
The Roland-Garros Junior Wild Card Series by Oppo, is jointly organized by the All India Tennis Association (AITA) and the French Tennis Federation (FFT) organizers of Roland-Garros, the world’s premier clay-court tournament.
Speaking on the occasion, Lucas Dubourg, the head of international development of the FFT says, “Exposure of playing on clay is vital for the well-rounded development of budding players. Hence, we are proud to bring this competition to India for its 6th edition and give these talented players a chance to hone their skills. This tournament has also played an important role in growing the popularity of the Roland-Garros Championships across India over the past few years.”
AITA President Praveen Mahajan said, “This is arguably the most important tournament on the Junior tennis calendar in India. Our association with Roland Garros has been instrumental in producing many talented junior players who have gone to do the country proud at the international level. We are confident that this edition will also unearth some promising talent for the future.”