City girl Gargi wins Asian tennis title

Pune’s upcoming talent Gargi Pawar was given a wild card entrance in the Icon group- Arun Wakankar memorial 10th ATF Asian under-14 tournament held at Balewadi last week. The 13-year-old justified the organisers’ faith when she remained unstoppable and claimed the title.

In the final, she defeated Mushrath Shaik, of the Sania Mirza Academy in Hyderabad, 6–3 6–2 in just over an hour. Gargi, who trains with Hemant Bendrey Tennis Academy, varied her pace intelligently to outwit her opponent.

She also had a good run in the ‘Road to Wimbledon’ final qualifying round.

Gargi started well in the Asian tournament with 6–1, 6–2 win over Renee Sharma, followed by a 6–2, 6–0 win over Sneha Ranade and a hard-fought win over Adithi Are. She created the biggest upset by knocking out top- seeded Indonesian girl Riya Uboveja in the semifinals.

 Gargi was in line for a double crown, as she and another city player Bela Tamhankar reached final in the double’s too. However, this time Mushrath had an upper hand. She she combined forces with her sister Mubashira to deny Gargi a double.

Originally published on The Golden Sparrow

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