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Teenager Sharma rallies to enter final

Unseeded Maharashtra teenager Atharva Sharma will meet fifth seed Fahad Mohammed of Tamil Nadu in the singles final of the J S Pereira Memorial AITA ranking men s tennis tournament on Saturday. Sharma, from Pune, recovered from the loss of the first set to overcome Mumbais Shahbaaz Khan in three sets, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3, in the semi-final at the Bandra Gymkhana courts on Friday. Mohammed, the lone surviving seed, continued with his impressive form and defeated Gujarat s unseeded Vaidik Munshaw 6-1, 6-3 in the other semi-final to take his place in the summit round. Sharma found the early morning start a bit of a struggle as he was sloppy initially and was unable to keep the ball in play. Khan seized the opportunity and quickly won the opening set to wrest the advantage. That was the perfect wake-up call for Sharma and he responded well by racing to a 4-1 lead in the second. But Khan made a strong reply and won the next three games to level scores at 4-4. Sharma snatched a ...

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