Lakshit defeats twin bro Chandril to annex title

There was a slight chill in the air and the sun was slowly spreading its rays across the synthetic courts when the CLTA Stadium, situated at the heart of Chandigarh, was struck by sound waves. Adjacent to the stadium, at the Leisure Park, the sound of bugle has signalled the beginning of Chandigarh Carnival. However, oblivious to the sound, the audience was riveted to the ongoing final match between the Sood brothers-Chandril and Lakshit- in the men's singles section of the CLTA-AITA Chandigarh Open-1 Lakh men's & women's tennis tournament.

Though as riveting as it was, majority of the audience who had not watched the Sood brothers play before had a tough time to sort out the identity of the twin brothers. Both had the same built, same talent and the same array of shots, and till the very end nobody knew who either of the two brothers was winning. The wait was finally over when the chair umpire announced the name of the winner and Lakshit lifted his arms in celebration to finally put an end to the suspense.

Over the years, the twin brothers have crossed swords on numerous occasions and shared even honours. Just the previous day, both the brothers had paired to lift the men's doubles title.

On Friday, either of the two brothers had the chance to add another title to his name. And it was Lakshit, who started off well and played some solid groundstrokes from the beginning to build pressure on her brother. An early breakthrough set the tone for Lakshit and the third seeded player easily claimed the first set 6-3. The second set turned out to be slight better for Chandril though there was hardly any change in the script, as Lakshit raced to title victory with a 6-4 victory.

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