KMC-MANIPAL SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS TENNIS TITLE
Manipal: Kasturba Medical College (KMC) Manipal successfully defended their title, winning most of the categories of the tournament, in the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) Inter-Collegiate Tennis Tournament. The tournament was hosted by Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) on October 17 and 18 at Marena Sports Complex, Manipal and Recreation Club, MIT Campus.
This year’s tennis tournament featured three categories in men; two sets of singles tournaments and a doubles tournament, and two categories in women; a singles tournament and a doubles tournament. The tournament was in a knockout format wherein the first player/team to break five sets, wins the match. And the team that wins most of the categories wins the title.
KMC, Manipal and MIT A dominated the tournament from the start, comfortably dispatching their opponents in the earlier rounds. Thus, the tournament saw players from both the teams being heavily represented in the latter stages.
The first singles final saw Yuvraj of MIT-A face-off against Anvith of KMC, Manipal – in what was probably the match of the tournament. Both the players had incredible technique and were drained out in energy due to the hectic schedule. This resulted in a lot of errors from both players making it a tight encounter. The initial stages of the game saw both the players trying their best to focus and wrap things up as soon as possible. But only one of them recovered to deliver the killing blow to win in straight sets. Anvith with his constant mind games in between rallies, got to his opponent’s focus, to win the game.
The second singles final was a much straighter affair. The match saw Prajith of MIT A face-off against Advit of KMC, Manipal. This match was clearly dominated by Prajith as he lost only one game to Advit, and went on to win the match 6-1. This was followed by the doubles final. This was a much slower game which saw both teams trying to be cautious and not make any errors. But soon the match blew wide open and resulted in a very close affair which saw both sets of players trying to regain energy and deliver the final blow. The match ended with KMC winning it by 6-3, thus resulting in a long, drawn-out, 9-game match.
A KMC, Manipal player makes a return. || Photograph Courtesy: Mridul Kalra
The day before that saw the women’s tournament conclude. The singles final saw Anushka of MIT face off against Nitya of KMC, Manipal. Both the players were superb in their technique and had incredible agility as they breezed past their opponents in the previous rounds. This made the match a very interesting one and saw Nitya triumph over her opponent. The following doubles final again saw a KMC – MIT face-off, which resulted in KMC winning the women’s title.
All the players were jubilant and thankful during the certificate and medal distribution ceremony at the end of the event. The organisers, who were from MIT, promised that they would try their best to win over KMC next time and jokingly reminded that this was the last year of college for the students representing KMC – while appreciating everyone’s efforts. “I’m very happy that we successfully defended our title and won the event one last time for our college”, said Anvith.
Featured Image Courtesy: Mridul Kalra
Edited by: Tarush Dhume