Talented teenager Aishwarya Jadhav achieved a stunning treble, Kafil Kadvekar won the men’s singles title while U-16 champion Sarthak Gaikwad was named the most promising player as Goa’s iconic tennis tournament – Gadre Gaspar Dias Open 2023, concluded at Clube Tennis de Gaspar Dias, Miramar on Sunday.
It was total domination by Maharashtrian tennis players as they won all the events from U-12 to seniors in men’s and women’s categories.
One of the most talented youngsters from Maharashtra, Aishwarya bagged the girls’ under-16 title with an easy win against Ritika; then partnered Arshad Dessai for a hard-fought victory over Kafil-Prapti in mixed doubles final before a dominant win against Prapti in the ladies singles title clash.
Kafil, who played his heart out with Prapti in the morning in mixed-doubles final but only emerged runner-up, displayed super strategy and immense endurance level to get the better of powerful Ashwin Narsinghani 7-6, 7-6 in a magnificent display of power-packed tennis. Ashwin committed too many unforced errors and paid the price for it.
U-16 boys champion Sarthak from Kolhapur stood out as the youngster with most promise as he defeated some better known Goan players in the men’s category in the earlier rounds.
Men’s singles: Kafil beat Ashwin 7-6, 7-6; Ladies singles: Aishwarya beat Prapti 6-0, 6-1; Mixed doubles: Aishwarya-Arshad beat Kafil-Prapti 2-6, 7-6, 10-7; Men’s doubles: Vikrant Tandale/Siddhant Deshpande beat Tejas Shevde/Nishad Shevde 3-6, 6-2, 10-5. Boys Under-12: Akhilesh Chavan beat Aditya Jadhav 4-3, 4-3; Boys U-16: Sarthak Gaikwad beat Siddhesh Khade 4-2, 4-3; Girls U-16: Aishwarya beat Ritika 4-0, 4-0; GirlsU-12: Harsha beat Gargi 4-0, 4-0.