Fifth seed Krishna Hooda fought back to oust Haryana state rival and second seed Chirag Duhan and enter the final of the 13th Ramesh Desai Memorial Under-16 Tennis Nationals Friday.
Hooda carved out a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory over his higher ranked opponent in a boys’ singles semi-final match at the Cricket Club of India here.
Hooda will meet fourth seed Dhruv Tangri of Punjab in the final Saturday.
In the second semi-final, Tangri got the better of Haryanas ninth seed Karan Singh 6-4, 7-5 to book a place in the summit clash.
In contrast, the girls semi-final contests turned out to be tame affairs.
Top seed Sanjana Sirimalla of Telangana sent Haryanas eighth seeded Pari Singh crashing to a 6-1, 6-1 defeat.
In the second semi-final, Haryanas seventh seed Renne Singla tamed unseeded Naisha Srivastav of Karnataka 6-0, 6-2.