Eric, Reshma emerge AITA U-18 Champions

The tournament was hosted by the Rohan Bopanna The Sports School Tennis Academy under the aegis of KSLTA

Eric, Reshma emerge AITA U-18 Champions
From left to right: Suhita Maruri, Reshma Maruri, Rohan Bopanna, AS Venkatesan (Principal The Sports School), Nithilan Eric and Arunava Majumder.

Top seeds Nithilan Eric and Reshma Maruri were crowned the champions in the Boys and Girls U-18 categories respectively in the AITA Under-18 Championship Series tennis tournament hosted by the Rohan Bopanna The Sports School Tennis Academy under the aegis of KSLTA, which concluded here on Thursday.

In the Boys final, Eric who trains at host Academy overcame his compatriot Arunava Majumder 6-4, 6-2 while Reshma beat her sister Suhitha 6-2, 6-1.

The first set of the Boys final was a closely contested affair with Eric achieving an early break to go 4-1 up. However Arunava rallied hard to get close and trailed 4-5 before a determined Eric held serve to take the first set 6-4.

In the second set, Eric broke to go 2-0 up but Arunava was quick to break back and restored parity at 2-2. That was the best he could do as Eric stepped up his game and didn’t give a semblance of a chance for Arunava to make a comeback and took the set without losing a game.

The Girls final was almost a one-sided affair with elder sister Reshma easily looking the strongest amongst the two siblings. The champion didn’t drop a single serve throughout the match and was home and dry in the finals that were delayed by a day owing to unprecedented rains in Bengaluru.

RBSSTA will host the Rs 2 Lakh prize money AITA Men’s and Women’s championship next week.

Final Results

Girls U-18

Reshma Maruri (1) (KAR) bt Suhitha Maruri (2) (KAR) 6.2, 6-1

Boys U-18

Nithilan Eric (1) (KAR) bt Arunava Majumder (WB) 6-4, 6-2