Kabir Hans creates history, becomes first Odia to reach ITF final

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s Kabir Hans created history on Friday as he became the first tennis player from the state to reach the final of the ITF Junior (U-18) tournament in the Uttarakhand Open at Dehradun, Friday.

Kabir defeated Michael Mathayomchand of Malaysia 6-4, 6-4 in straight sets in the semifinal to reach the summit clash. In the final, Kabir will meet compatriot Naithaolin Calvin Golmei who defeated Prasanna Pravin Bagade 6-4, 6-3 in the other semifinal.

Kabir had won three matches in the qualifying draw and four matches in the main draw, before entering the final round.

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