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The semifinals at the Fenesta Open National championship went much according to the script. Top seed Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan continued to decimate his opponents, on this occasion, allowing Siddharth Rawat to win a solitary game in a match that barely lasted an hour.
In the women's draw as well, top two seeds Rishika Sunkara and Prerna Bhambri proceeded to the finals with straight-set wins. The writing was on the wall even for the anticipated clash between teenagers Arjun Kadhe and Ramkumar Ramanathan who justified their wild card in the men's draw.
It was as if Ramkumar had decided to follow the lead of his friend and doubles partner Mohit Mayur in giving away advantageous positions in the match to Kadhe. Despite breaking the Pune player in the first game of the match, Ramkumar gave the lead back in the successive game itself and then got broken again for Kadhe to take a 4-2 lead. Ramkumar's big serve did not desert him but Kadhe raised his game when it came to smart thinking and putting pressure on the Tamil Nadu player by successfully coming into the net.
Comfortably breaking Ramkumar, 18, in the second set as well, Kadhe took the match 6-3 6-2 on the second match point. Being the underdog against Jeevan, Kadhe said he will continue to play his aggressive game in the finals too. "Jeevan's serve may not be big but it is deceptive, he moves well too and is a smart player but he is the top seed so the pressure should be on him," Kadhe said.
Ramkumar and Mohit Mayur made sure they take at least one winner's trophy home as they came back from a set down to win a thrilling doubles final against veterans Vivek Shokeen and Kaza Vinayak Sharma 5-7 7-6 (5) 10-3.