Pune, May 31: Indian contingent is shining in the HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship for boys and girls which are being held in Pune. Notably, Five Indian players including Megh Bhargav Patel, Akansha Bhan, Rhea Verma, Vaidehi Chaudari and Tanisha Kashyap moved into the singles second round at the HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship for boys and girls on Tuesday.
Gujarat's Megh Bhargav Patel, ranked 516, created a ripple by ousting higher-ranked Chinese rival Tao Mu 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in a match lasting 2 hours and 30 minutes to make it to the second round of boys' singles.
In the girls' event, third seed Akanksha Bhan faced a few anxious moments in the first set and then settled down to eliminate Xiaoxi Zhao of China 7-6(4), 6-4, 200th-ranked Vaidehi Chaudhari, seeded seventh, trounced Ayu Sugiyama of Japan 6-0, 6-0 and no. 8 seed Rhea Verma overcame a fighting Jiho Shin of Korea, a qualifier, before winning 6-3, 7-6(5).
On the other side, Tanisha Kashyap continued her form from the last week to get past Shrivalli Rashmika Bhamidipaty 7-5, 6-2 in an All- Indian tussle to make it to the round of 16. However, eight Indian girls and six Indian boys will be seen in action in the round of sixteen to be played on Wednesday at MSLTA school of tennis.