Promising netter Alberto Lim Jr. copped the runner-up honors in the Asian B1 ITF Pune Open Junior Tennis Championship held at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune, India.
The 16-year-old Lim suffered a 3-6, 1-6 loss to eighth seed Naoki Tajima of Japan in the boys’ singles championship round to settle for second in the tournament sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation.
Lim reached the finals by ousting Siddhand Banthia of India in the first round, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-2; Adil Kalyanpur of India in the second round, 6-3 6-2; Yonosuke Tanaka of Japan in the quarterfinals, 7-5, 6-1; and Yuta Shimizu of Japan in the semifinals, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-3.
In doubles, Lim and Indian partner Ballekere Ravinkumar made it to the semifinals but
fell short against top seeds Tanaka and Toru Horie of Japan via a 1-6, 6-3, 7-10 decision.
In girls’ singles, Khim Iglupas failed to advance to the medal round following her 6-2, 4-6, 2-6 unfortunate loss to fifth seed Pranjala Yaglapalli of India in the semifinals.
Iglupas and Himari Sato of Japan were also unlucky in the doubles play after succumbing to second picks Yadlapalli and Mayuka Aikawa of Japan, 4-6, 6-7 (5), in the quarterfinals.
Lim shifts his sights on the prestigious French Open beginning on May 29 in Paris, France and the Wimbledon Juniors Championship scheduled in July in England.
“Not bad for a runner up finish this week, just reminded me that I needed to work even harder for the real deal next month,” said Lim referring to his Grand Slam campaigns.