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After a frenetic opening day at the Maharashtra Tennis League (MTL) which saw a tie between the Mumbai Blasters and the Accurate Aces, day two of the league saw Blasters post two wins over the Baseline Bombers while the Dazzling Deuces also scored a couple of wins over the Sharp Smashers.
In the first match of the day, Prarthana Thombare of the Baseline Bombers demolished Eetee Maheta of the Mumbai Blasters 7-0. Thombare, who favours an aggressive style of play wasted no time in putting Maheta on the backfoot as her strong groundstrokes and powerful serve left the Ahmedabad native nonplussed. In the second match, Ankita Raina of the Dazzling Deuces was thrashed 2-7 by Prerna Bhambri of the Sharp Smashers. Bhambri who was at her imperious best raced into a 6-0 lead only for Raina to win back a semblance of respect as she managed to win a couple of games. However, the final result was never in doubt as Raina had no answer to Bhambri's powerful hitting.
Sanam Singh, the hero for the Mumbai Blasters on day one pulled out another rabbit from his hat as he prevailed over Saketh Myneni 6-7(4) in the tie-break. Singh and Myneni both started well as Myneni's big serve found its mark. However, Singh did well to hold on to his serve and used his array of powerful groundstrokes to keep the tie alive. Both players held their serve to take the match into the tie-break where Singh lost the first couple of points. The Chandigarh lad rallied to win the next four and then took the match as he created some good angles to which Myneni could not find an answer. Divij Sharan accounted for recently named Davis Cupper, Vijayant Malik 7-3. Sharan known as a doubles' specialist held his own as Malik who had beat Saketh Myneni on day one could not get his game going. Both players held their serves till the sixth game but Sharan managed to go a break up in the eighth game and then did not let go of the advantage.