Niki Poonacha wins title:அகில இந்திய டென்னிஸ் தமிழக ஜோடி ‘சாம்பியன்’


Niki Poonacha wins title:

 

In a rare contest of two tall Indian players,  the 6’2” top seed Niki Poonacha of Andhra Pradesh clinically out played the young 6’5” Dhakshineshwar Suresh of Tamil Nadu in straight sets in 70 minutes in the finals of the  MCC-S.R.Subramaniam Memorial AITA Men’s Tennis Championship played a at the Madras cricket club tennis courts today before a fair gathering of tennis enthusiasts which included India’s legends Vijay Amritraj ,President Tamil Nadu Tennis Association, who was the Chief guest and also Ramesh Krishnan.

 

Niki  served impressively as he has done throughout the tournament. His well

Co-ordinated service motion was instrumental in delivering well placed and heavy serves and this has been his premier weapon during the week. His ground strokes were firm and volleys crisp. Dhakshineshwar on the other hand was simply not as solid.  Initially it did seem that Dhakshineshwar would hold his own on his service games and make it tough contest. But in the fourth game when Dhakshineshwar was serving 40-15 a mishit drop shot return from Niki and a double fault made it duece, hewas out of sorts. An unforced error gave Niki a break point . On the next point Dhakshineshwar moved forward but did not respond to a slow high loopy return only to find it dropping on the line just behind him.  It was game to Niki who went ahead 3-1 and then no mistake as he held serves to complete a 6-3 first set win.

 

Dhakshineswar asked for a medical break and the physio worked on his shoulder.  Dhakshineshwer lost his serve immediately and could not recoop after that.  Niki was right on top as he served and volleyed with confidence and played drop shots to swiftly take a 4-1 lead and then wrap up the set 6-1 to gain a well-deserved title.

 மெட்ராஸ் கிரிக்கெட் கிளப் (எம்.சி.சி) சார்பில் அகில இந்திய டென்னிஸ் சாம்பியன்ஷிப் போட்டி சென்னையில் நடந்தது. இதன் ஆண்கள் இரட்டையர் பிரிவில் இறுதிப்போட்டியில் தமிழகத்தை சேர்ந்த விஜய் சுந்தர் பிரசாந்த்-இசான் உசைன் ஜோடி 6-3, 6-3 என்ற நேர்செட்டில் ஜதின் தஹியா (டெல்லி)-தக் ஷினிஸ்வர் சுரேஷ் (தமிழ்நாடு) இணையை வீழ்த்தி சாம்பியன் பட்டத்தை தனதாக்கியது.