Cayman’s tennis sensation Pranav Jha confirmed he is one to watch in the future after giving Canada’s top junior player a scare in a tournament in Toronto.
Jha, 15, lost in a thrilling match to Canada’s No.1 ranked 16-year-old Gergely Sajdik over three sets. Jha took the first set 7-5 but lost concentration in the second and got hammered 1-6. He regained his composure in the third set losing narrowly 7-6 to a player a year older with far more experience. It was 8-6 on the tie break.
Jha said: ‘It was close, he played the good shots when he needed to. I lost focus in the second set. It was one of those days. Maybe I got complacent in the second set. He knew I was good as he’d seen me playing.’
At least Sajdik will have a lot of respect for Jha as the Caymanian goes to Toronto next week on a year’s tennis scholarship. He already considers himself No.4 in the tennis rankings and having ran Sajdik that close feels confident he can climb up the rankings in the next year.
Jha’s coach Eduardo Torres said: ‘Pranav played really well in the first set but then lost his focus. At one point in the second set he lost something like 23 consecutive points.’
Torres is in the process of creating a junior national team and he hopes they’ll be good enough to play junior Davis Cup matches.