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Savio and Tanya win again

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BANGALORE: It was another successful weekend for Anthony Savio and Tanya Singh, who won the boys' and girls' under-16 singles titles in the KSLTA –AITA Talent series junior tennis championship at the KSLTA courts here on Friday.

Last week, both had won the titles at the Bowring Institute event.

Savio with his strong forehand returns, had the measure of Nesar Jewoor at 6-3, 6-3 in the boys' under-16 final, but Tanya Singh struggled to put down a spirited challenge from Ann Christine Nilson in the girls' final at 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

The tie was evenly poised with both winning a set each, and the decider too saw a keen contest till five all, before Tanya ,who packed quite a punch with her double-handed backhand, broke her rival in 12th game to claim the set and title.

In the under-14 section, Vasudev Vijay Raman defeated Samyukth Balaji 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 in an all Tamil Nadu final, while Shikha N. Singh stunned the fancied Shivani Manjanna in a hard fought three setter at 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(5) and won the girls' under-14 title.

The next round of AITA Talent Series will be conducted by Mahila Seva Samaja Tennis Club from Dec. 20 to 25.

The results (finals): Boys: U-16: Anthony Savio bt Nesar Jewoor 6-3, 6-3. U-14: Vasudev Vijay Raman (TN) bt Samyukth Balaji (TN) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.

Girls: U-16: Tanya Singh bt Ann Christine Nilson 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. U-14: Shikha N. Singh bt Shivani Manjanna 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(5) .

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