Vishnu hopes to serve-up final spot

Title aim: Vishnu Painikkar
Title aim: Vishnu Painikkar
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DONCASTER’S Vishnu Panikkar remains on course to win back-to-back boys’ singles titles at the prestigious Doncaster Spring Open.

Panikkar became the first Doncaster player to win a singles title at the event, which attracts entries from all over the country, last year when winning the boys’ 10 and Under singles crown.

The unseeded youngster, who is coached by Doncaster’s head coach John Willis at the Bessacarr-based club, booked his place in today’s 12 and Under singles semi-final when putting out the No 3 seed Aaron Yang in their quarter final.

Panikkar stormed to victory in the tie-break after going behind, winning the next ten points to take the tie-break 10-1.

Yang was the second seed to be beaten by Panikkar.

The Doncaster youngster had beaten No 7 seed Joshua Elliott on a tie-break in the first round.

Standing between Panikkar and a second successive final today is Mikar Fisher.

Fisher, who partnered Panikkar in the 14 and Under doubles earlier in the week - where they cleared the first round hurdle before losing in the second - has also upset the odds to reach the last four.

His best result en-route to the semi-finals was a straight sets second round win over No 5 seed Paul Jubb.

The finals of the week-long tournament will be staged at the club’s Saxton Avenue base tomorrow. Admission is free and spectators are welcome.