Sood brothers on course for twin titles
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As seeded players continued to fall, Chandril Sood and Lakshit Sood- the twin brothers who are the top and the third seed in the tournament- showed how it was done as they reached the semi-finals of the men's singles category in the Rs 1 lakh prize money CLTA-AITA Chandigarh Open tennis tournament played at CLTA Stadium in Sector 10 on Wednesday. Chandril defeated fifth seed Sagar Ahuja 7-5, 6-1 while Lakshit outplayed eighth seed Anubhav Chaudhari 6-2, 6-4, to move ahead.
Also, the Sood brothers cruised into the semi-finals of the doubles section to keep hopes of twin titles alive. They routed Vinod Shridhar and Shiva Kumar 6-1, 6-1, in a lop-sided quarter-final encounter.
Earlier, qualifier Dhruv Goyal caused another upset when he showed the exit door to fourth seed Sagar Manjana of Karnataka in the quarter-finals encounter.
Goyal got off to a good start and snatched the first set in the tie-breaker by 7-6. But he failed to get going against the higher seed player and was whitewashed 6-0 in the second set. In the deciding set, Dhruv held his nerves and got the much-deserved break in the ninth game. He held his serve and won crucial points to win the third set, 6-4, to enter the last four stage.
In the women's quarter-finals, top seed Shweta Rana was extended by fifth seed Victoria Chehal but Shweta kept her nerves to win the match 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-0.
Main Draw: Quarter Round: Men: singles: Chandril Sood bt. Sagar Ahuja 7-5, 6-1; Dhruv Goyal bt. Sagar Manjana 7-6, 0-6, 6-4; Lakshit Sood bt. Anubhav Chaudhari 6-2, 6-4; Brahmjot Singh bt. Yuvraj Singh 7-6 (0), 6-3; Men's Doubles: Lakshit Sood/Chandril Sood bt. Vinod Shridhar/Shiva Kumar 6-1, 6-1; Shadab Khan/Anubhav Chaudhary bt. Ravneet Singh Saini/Sunil Kumar 4-6, 6-3, 11-9; Pardeep Deshwal/Rohit Sarwate bt. Vikrant Dahiya/Shrey Gupta 4-6, 6-4, 10-8.