first_imgOAKLAND — Long before Franklin Barreto and Gleyber Torres shared the same big league field for the first time earlier this week — when the A’s took two out of three from the New York Yankees — they were roaming the streets of Venezuela together.Barreto, the exciting second base prospect recalled to the majors by the A’s on Sept. 1, and Torres, the Yankees’ second baseman on the shortlist of Rookie of the Year candidates, both grew up in Venezuela’s capital city of Caracas.Similar in age — …last_img

first_imgTop seeds in both the men’s and women’s singles event advanced to the semifinals of the Fenesta Open National Tennis Championships on Thursday.Top seed Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan breezed his way into the last four of men’s singles with a clinical performance against fifth seed Ashwin Vijayaraghawan. The Tamil Nadu lad had little trouble during his 6-1, 6-2 victory. He will next face third seed Siddharth Rawat, who came from a set down to defeat Vaidik Munshaw 1-6, 6-2, 6-1.In the other quarterfinal matches, Ramkumar Ramanathan was at ease against local hope Saurabh Singh, winning 6-1, 6-2 setting up a semifinal clash with Maharashtra’s Arjun Khade emerged victorious after a hard-fought battle. Khade had a tough battle but managed to hold on to his nerves to get the better of 11th seed Mohit Mayur Jayaprakash 7-5, 6-4.The women’s singles appeared to be following a similar script before Sri Vaishnavi Peddireddy caused an upset, knocking out fourth seed Shweta Rana in three sets. Vaishnavi fought her way back after being a set down to oust Shweta 1-6, 6-2, 6-1.Her reward for coming through the tough match is a semifinal clash against Delhi girl Prerna Bhambri. Bhambri eased past state mate Simran Kaur Handa 6-0 6-4 but going by the way Vashnavi has played in this tournament so far, Bhambri will have to be cautious.The other semifinal will see top seed Rishika Sunkara, who proved her credentials with a 6-1 6-2 thrashing of eighth seed Vaniya Dangwal, take on third seed Natasha Plaha. Natasha fought a tough first set against fifth seed Eettee Mehta before getting her act together to advance into the next stage with a 7-6 (5) 6-3 victory.advertisementIn the ladies doubles semifinals, Treta Bhattacharya and Natasha had it easy against the fourth-seeded combine of Tarannum Handa and Manya Nagpal, winning 6-1 6-1 to set up a title clash with third-seeded Prerna Bhambri and Rishika Sunkara. Bhambri and Sunkara, who may well end up playing against each other in the singles final, registered a 3-6, 6-1, 10-8 win against top seeds Sri V Peddireddy and Prarthana Thombare.In the boys Under-18 doubles final, top seeded Anvit Bendre and Abdullah Shaikh convincingly won 6-4 6-0 against Shailender Boniface and Gary Tokas. In boys singles, top seeded Andhra Rishab Agarwal beat M Sai Nikhil by 6-1, 6-0 while second seeded Shaikh Abdullah beat Ranjeet Singh by 6-0, 7-5. Third seeded Karan Salwan of Delhi beat Hardeep Sandhu 7-5, 6-4.The Girls singles, though, saw an upset with second seed Tarranum Handa getting past top seed Simran Sethi 6-3, 6-4 to enter the semifinals while Pranjala Yadlapalli outplayed 11th seed Amrita Mukherjee 6-3, 6-3. Fourth seed Sai Samhitha beat Rimpledeep Kaur 6-4, 6-0.last_img read more