In Saturday’s final, Nastaha will run into second seed Mahak Jain. As top seed, Zeel had her task cut out. But Natasha, from Goa, zoned in beautifully for a win in a marathon three setter at 4-6 6-4 6-0. This is the second time Zeel has tripped on the big stage, though full credit should go to Natasha.
In the second semi-finals, Mahak Jain was full of poise as she carved out a hard-fought win against Delhi’s Prerna Bhambri. Mahak won 7-6 (9/7) 4-6 6-3. The men’s singles final will be contested by Arjun Kadhe and Siddharth Vishwakarma. Arjun Kadhe had been touted as the pre-tournament favourite but had to stretch every sinew in his semi-final against third seed Siddharth Rawat.
Results: Men’s Singles: Semi-finals: Arjun Kadhe (MH) bt Siddharth Rawat (UP) 2-6 7-6 6-2; Siddharth Vishwakarma (UP) bt Nitin K Sinha (WB) 6-3 6-2 Women’s Singles (Semi-finals): Mahak Jain (MH) bt Prerna Bhambri (DL) 7-6(7) 4-6 6-3; Natasha Pahla (GOA) bt Zeel Desai (GJ) 4-6 6-4 6-0