Friday 1 June 2007

Bisht brothers in summit clash

Ronit (L), Rohit (R)
B D Narayankar

bapun@sakalherald.com

PYC GYMKHANA: Rohit Bisht clawed his way out of trouble to post a stunning victory against city lad Tushal Thawani 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 to storm into the finals of the PYC ATF U-14 Series here on Thursday.

Rohit, who is enjoying a brilliant campaign here, is a student of Amity International School and trainee at the Shanti Sports Club in Delhi, is looking to grab more opportunities at the international level during the forthcoming Euro Tour with the Asian under-16 squad.

Seconds after his match ended on court two, Rohit swayed his racket to his father who celebrated his son’s win with a loud yell ‘come on son, come on’.

Rohit, a slightly-built player known for his control and rallies, rushed through the second and third sets, furiously trying to finish so as to maintain his rythm, which he had lost in the first set.

The best part of Rohit was he hardly missed any balls and kept on hitting them into the playing areas with great finesse.

After going down fighting in the first half, Rohit gathered his momentum and stuck to his rallying strength and waited for his rival to commit mistakes.

In the second set, Rohit broke Tushal on his very serve with a beautiful drop shot across the court. Thereafter, he won two games continuous.

Tushal, however, bounced back in the fourth game of the second set breaking Rohit with a magnificent forehand winner down the line. But was not enough for him to make noise.

Tushal began his third set by breaking Rohit on his first serve. But Rohit broke Tushal in the next when his rival smashed the ball hard out of the court.

Rohit sealed Tushal’s fate, breaking him, taking 3-2 lead in the sixth game of the final set. He ultimately won the match and set easily.

In another match, Ronit Bisht made mincemeat of unseeded Devpriya Jaiswal 6-2, 6-2.

Rohit favorite to lift title: Rohit is tipped to win the finals against his 12-year-old brother Ronit.

In the last 24 times both have met, Rohit has trounced his Ronit on 23 occasions.

Rohit said: ‘’My brother stands a good chance to win as he is more calm and focused player. I am bit like Tushal.”

In the girl’s section, fourth-seed Natasha Palha and third-seed Ankita Raina reached the finals beating their opponents Zainab Ali Sajjad and Vaidehi Bhagwat 6-4, 6-4 and 6-2, 6-0, respectively. They hardly had to sweat it out to register victories.

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