Muscat: Karan Negi and Areeb Usman won the men's doubles title at the on going Annual Tennis Tournament organised by the Indian Social Club Muscat and sponsored by Falcon Insurance Company.
Winners of the title in 2009 and 2010, Karan and Areeb joined forces once again to torment their opponents and win the men's doubles title. In a thrilling and well-contested final, the top seeded duo of Karan-Areeb faced stiff resistance before overcoming the third seeded team of Mohan Kannan and Nevil Philips 7-5, 6-4.
Karan and Areeb banged their power-packed ground strokes but were equally matched by Nevil Philips on the baseline who complimented veteran Mohan Kannan who showed brilliant touches at the net cordon. Karan and Areeb broke Mohan in the seventh game and held for a 5-3 lead. Mohan and Nevil broke back for five-all. Karan and Areeb broke Mohan's next serve and served out the first set.
Mohan and Nevil gained an early break in the second set and held on for a 4-2 advantage. Karan and Areeb settled down and broke back twice and served out to win regain the men's doubles title.
Lakshmi Narayan had to toil hard in the second round of the under-12 singles for a narrow 8-6 verdict against Hassan Haider to enter the quarter finals. Third seed Sabharish Kumar proved too strong in his 8-1 win over Amey Sawant and fourth seed Anurag Kumar had no difficulty in his 8-0 mauling of Piyush Sivakumar.
In other second round matches of the under-12 singles, Ankith AR defeated Nihal M 8-1, Amaan Kazi beat Arvind Venkataraman 8-1, Sanjana Girish socred a confident 8-2 win over Avigyan Bhattacharya to line-up a quarter final date against top seed Yash Tanna.