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Ankita Raina wins first title of 2018 – the $25,000 ITF tournament in Gwalior

India’s top-ranked tennis player Ankita Raina on Sunday won the $25,000 ITF tournament in Gwalior after beating France’s Amandine Hesse in straight sets.

The fourth-seeded Indian beat the second-seeded Frenchwoman 6-2, 7-5 in a match that lasted an hour and 25 minutes. Doing so, Raina avenged her loss to Hesse in the $125,000 Mumbai Open last year.

Hesse, ranked 216 in the world, faltered with her first serves in the final, getting only 52% of them in while Raina was far more accurate with 80%. The 25-year-old Indian, ranked 255th in the world, also remained unbroken throughout the final.

This was Raina’s first final of the 2018 season and she ended it with a trophy. Her cause was helped by the fact that her semi-final opponent, Yana Sizikova, had retired from the match with dizziness after trailing 2-6, 0-4. Raina had even received a walkover from USA’s Monica Robinson in the quarter-finals.

Raina has progressively worked her way up the ITF circuit after starting in 2009. She has now won six singles titles and done well in China, one of the toughest places to succeed in Asia. She has also played during the grass-court season in Europe, with Porsche Open being one the highlights.


Prajnesh in final; Arjun Kadhe, Vijay Sundar Prashanth win doubles title


Top seed Prajnesh Gunneswaran sailed past eighth seed Manuel Pena Lopez of Argentina 6-1, 6-4 in the semifinals of the $15,000 ITF men’s Futures tennis tournament at the CLTA Complex on Friday.

The 28-year-old Prajnesh, ranked 235 in the world, started briskly and ran up a 5-0 lead before letting his opponent win a token game. In the second set, Prajnesh led 4-1 before he dropped serve for the only time in the match.

The left-hander from Chennai, Prajnesh, who fired six aces, converted four of 10 breakpoints to close the match in an hour and 20 minutes.

In the final, Prajnesh will play the former Asian junior champion and the third seed Nam Hoang Ly of Vietnam who beat second seed and champion of the event last week in Kolkata, Carlos Boluda-Purkiss of Spain, with similar ease.

In the doubles final, Arjun Kadhe and Vijay Sundar Prashanth beat compatriots Mohit Mayur and Kaza Vinayak Sharma for the loss of four games. It was the second title as a pair for the duo, following the one last week.

The results:
Singles (semifinals): Prajnesh Gunneswaran bt Manuel Pena Lopez (Arg) 6-1, 6-4; Nam Hoang Ly (Vie) bt Carlos Boluda-Purkiss (Esp) 6-4, 6-2.

Doubles (final): Arjun Kadhe & Vijay Sundar Prashanth bt Mohit Mayur & Kaza Vinayak Sharma 6-3, 6-1.


Ankita Raina in $25,000 tennis final


Ankita Raina sustained her smart game to outwit Yana Sizikova of Russia in the semifinals of the $25,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament at the City Centre Tennis Complex here on Friday.

The 25-year-old Ankita was blasting her way past the Russian with such intensity and quick feet that the Russian complained of dizziness and retired, even before the medical attention or the referee could get on the court.

Ankita led 6-2, 4-0 in just about an hour when Yana felt that enough tennis had been played and walked across the net to shake hands with her, signalling to the chair umpire that she was quitting.

The doctor arrived along with the referee Sheetal Iyer, to take a look at the plight of Yana, and the match was closed with a proper announcement.

Ankita had started well, and ran up a 3-1 lead, but dropped serve in the fifth game. That possibly shook her to a better standard, as she raced away with the next seven games, smacking her strokes beyond the reach of the Russian, who had surrendered the first set with a double fault.

To her credit, Yana did try to fight, and fired a few aces to boost her confidence, but lacked the rhythm in her game or mobility to make a better contest against a quality opponent who was not giving anything easy.

In the final, Ankita will play second seed Amandine Hesse of France who stopped the fortnight-long superb run of the 19-year-old Tereza Mihalikova of Slovakia with an authoritative performance.

Breaking the wiry Slovak’s serve int he seventh game and bouncing back from 0-40 in the next game to consolidate on the gains, Amandine played pretty close to her best.

The 25-year-old French girl completely broke the resistance of Tereza in the second set, by running up a 4-1 lead, breaking the serve of the champion of last week’s event in Bhopal, in the first and fifth games.

Ankita did play a superb match against Amandine in the quarterfinals of the $125,000 WTA event in Mumbai last year, but would be keen to improve her record against the French girl who is coached by former world No.62 Stephanie Foretz.

There was some cheer for Yana Sizikova later in the evening as she played robust in partnership with Ana Mihalikova to win the doubles title.

Yana and Ana, playing only the second time together, pocketed their second title as a pair, beating Freya Christie of Britain and Albina Khabibulina of Uzbekistan 10-5 in the super tie-break

The results:
Singles (semifinals): Ankita Raina bt Yana Sizikova (Rus) 6-2, 4-0 (retired); Amandine Hesse (Fra) bt Tereza Mihalikova (Svk) 6-4, 6-2.

Doubles (final): Yana Sizikova (Rus) & Ana Veselinovic (Mne) bt Freya Christie (GBR) & Albina Khabibulina (Uzb) 6-3, 2-6, [10-5].


Divij Sharan in doubles quarterfinals in $150K Challenger in US


Divij Sharan in partnership with Scott Lipsky of the US scored a 6-4, 7-6(6) victory over his erstwhile partner Purav Raja and Treat Huey of Philippines in the doubles pre-quarterfinals of the $150,000 Challenger tennis tournament in the US.

Divij and partner will play fourth seeds Nicholas Monroe and Jackson Withrow of the US in the quarterfinals.

In the $75,000 Challenger in China, top seeds Sriram Balaji and Christopher Rungkat of Indonesia were beaten in the doubles quarterfinals 10-8 by Cheng-Peng Hsieh of Chinese Taipei and Rameez Junaid of Australia.

Balaji and partner collected $960 and 17 ATP points.

Sumit Nagal sailed into the second round of the ITF Futures in Spain, but Sasi Kumar Mukund lost tamely in the second round in Portugal, after having beaten the second seed.

The results:

$150,000 Challenger men, Irving, US
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Scott Lipsky (US) & Divij Sharan bt Treat Huey (Phi) & Purav Raja 6-4, 7-6(6).

$75,000 Challenger men, Shenzhen, China
Doubles (quarterfinals): Cheng-Peng Hsieh (Tpe) & Rameez Junaid (Aus) bt Christopher Rungkat (Ina) & Sriram Balaji 5-7, 6-4, 10-8.

$25,000 ITF men, Xabia, Spain
Singles (first round): Sumit Nagal bt Dariusz Lipka (Pol) 6-0, 6-2.

$15,000 ITF men, Quinta Do Lago, Portugal
Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Gianni Mina (Fra) bt Sasi Kumar Mukund 6-1, 6-2.


Prajnesh Gunneswaran in semifinals in ITF Futures


Top seed Prajnesh Gunneswaran continued to assert his strong game as the left-hander beat the reigning national champion Dalwinder Singh 7-5, 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the $15,000 ITF men’s Futures tennis tournament at the CLTA Complex on Thursday.

However, three other Indian players, Sidharth Rawat, Karunuday Singh and Arjun Kadhe were beaten in the quarterfinals.

It was a better fare from Arjun, as he went down fighting in three sets to the second seed Carlos Boluda-Purkiss of Spain who had beaten him in the final last week in Kolkata for the loss of four games.

Seventh seed Karunuday Singh lost with surprising ease against third seed Nam Hoang Ly of Vietnam, winning a token game each in the two sets.

Prajnesh, will play eighth seed Manuel Pena Lopez of Argentina who recovered from losing the first set to Sidharth Rawat to eventually blank him in the decider.

There was some cheer for the Indian camp in doubles, as Arjun Kadhe in partnership with Vijay Sundar Prashanth set up a title clash against compatriots Mohit Mayur and Kaza Vinayak Sharma.

The results:

Singles (quarterfinals): Prajnesh Gunneswaran bt Dalwinder Singh 7-5, 6-3; Manuel Pena Lopez (Arg) bt Sidharth Rawat 4-6, 6-3, 6-0; Nam Hoang Ly (Vie) bt Karunuday Singh 6-1, 6-1; Carlos Boluda-Purkiss (Esp) bt Arjun Kadhe 7-5, 3-6, 6-4.

Doubles (semifinals): Mohit Mayur & Kaza Vinayak Sharma bt Kunal Anand & Shahbaaz Khan 6-3, 3-6, 10-5; Arjun Kadhe & Vijay Sundar Prashanth bt Carlos Boluda-Purkiss (Esp) & Nam Hoang Ly (Vie) 6-2, 7-6(3).


Karman Kaur Thandi tumbles; Ankita Raina in semifinals


Fifth seed Karman Kaur Thandi slipped from a position of strength and was beaten 7-5, 6-3 by Yana Sizikova of Russia in the quarterfinals of the $25,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament at the City Centre Tennis Complex here on Thursday.

Serving big and stroking with authority, the wiry Karman was calling the shots at 5-2 in the first set, before the deceptive play of the Russian pushed her out of the comfort zone.

When the ball bounced slow and high, Karman was unable to step up on the pedal with her shots and paid for her lethargy. Once Karman followed up a big serve slowly to the net, only to find the ball curling back to her opponent’s side that resulted in Karman falling over the net.

Later, following a high bouncing ball on the baseline, Karman missed her shot once again owing to the deceptive reverse spin on the ball.

Karman missed a set point on her serve in the ninth game and managed to drop serve in the 11th despite firing two of her six aces in the match.

Quite patient and more athletic, Yana, who had beaten top seed Valentyna Ivakhnenko in the second round, converted six of 12 breakpoints to subdue the wiry 19-year-old, whose aspirations were hit hard further owing to a poor line call in what proved to be the last game.

Yet, Karman had to take the blame for the five game spell when she lacked the intensity and sense of purpose in her game.

There was an Indian in the semifinals, as Ankita Raina made it, without breaking into a sweat, as she got a walkover from Monica Robinson of the US, who was sick.

Second seed Amandine Hesse also missed a set point against Ana Veselinovic of Montenegro in another match, but regrouped her game in an entertaining battle of athleticism and intense hitting thereafter, to outplay Ana in the decider.

Amandine will play 19-year-old Tereza Mihalikova of Slovakia, the champion last week in the $15,000 event in Bhopal, who got past seventh seed Despina Papamichail of Greece with her graceful and fluent game.

The Indian challenge in the doubles ended as Pranjala Yadlapalli in partnership with Karin Kennel of Switzerland was beaten by the top seeds, Yana Sizikova and Ana Veselinovic.

The results:

Singles (quarterfinals): Yana Sizikova (Rus) bt Karman Kaur Thandi 7-5, 6-3; Ankita Raina w.o. Monica Robinson (US); Tereza Mihalikova (Svk) bt Despina Papamichail (Gre) 6-2, 7-6(4); Amandine Hesse (Fra) bt Ana Veselinovic (Mne) 6-7(7), 7-5, 6-0.

Doubles (semifinals): Yana Sizikova (Rus) & Ana Veselinovic (Mne) bt Karin Kennel (Sui) & Pranjala Yadlapalli 6-3, 6-2; Freya Christie (GBR) & Albina Khabibulina (Uzb) bt Berfu Cengiz (Tur) & Rosalie Van Der Hoek (Ned) 6-4, 6-2.


Sidharth Rawat in quarterfinals of ITF Futures

Fourth seed Sidharth Rawat sustained his good work and got past Yu Hsiang Chiu of Chinese 6-4, 7-6(5) in the pre-quarterfinals of the $15,000 ITF men’s Futures tennis tournament at the CLTA Complex here on Wednesday.

After a dominant fare in the first set in which he led 4-1, Rawat was down 2-5 in the second set, before he served well to pull through in straight sets.

In the quarterfinals, Rawat will play eighth seed Manuel Pena Lopez of Argentina who outclassed qualifier Kunal Anand for the loss of three games.

Top seed Prajnesh Gunneswaran cruised into the quarterfinals and will be challenged by national champion Dalwinder Singh who curtailed the good run of qualifier Kaza Vinayak Sharma.

Fifth seed Arjun Kadhe continued to impress as he outplayed Manish Suresh Kumar for the loss of three games in setting up a quarterfinal against second seed Carlos Boluda-Purkiss of Spain, the champion who had beaten him in the final last week.

Karunuday Singh meted out a similar treatment to Davis Cupper Vijayant Malik, dropping three games in setting up his quarterfinal against third seed Nam Hoang Ly of Vietnam.

The Indian performance was a lot better in doubles, as three of the four teams in the semifinals were Indian pairs.

The results:

Singles (first round): Prajnesh Gunneswaran bt Thales Turini (Bra) 6-1, 6-3; Dalwinder Singh bt Kaza Vinayak Sharma 6-4, 6-2; Sidharth Rawat bt Yu Hsiang Chiu (Tpe) 6-4, 7-6(5); Manuel Pena Lopez (Arg) bt Kunal Anand 6-0, 6-3; Karunuday Singh bt Vijayant Malik 6-2, 6-1; Nam Hoang Ly (Vie) bt Bogdan Bobrov (Rus) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2; Arjun Kadhe bt Manish Sureshkumar 6-2, 6-1; Carllos Boluda-Purkiss (Esp) bt Calvin Golmei 6-2, 6-1.

Doubles (quarterfinals): Mohit Mayur & Kaza Vinayak Sharma bt Vijayant Malik & Dalwinder Singh 7-5, 5-4 (retired); Kunal Anand & Shahbaaz Khan bt Nicholas Bybel (US) & Lakshit Sood 6-3, 6-4; Carlos Boluda-Purkiss (Esp) & Nam Hoang Ly (Vie) bt Sidharth Rawat & Manish Sureshkumar 3-6, 7-6(6), [10-6]; Arjun Kadhe & Vijay Sundar Prashanth bt Goran Markovic (Srb) & Manuel Pena Lopez (Arg) 6-1, 6-2.


Ankita Raina, Karman Kaur make quarterfinals in $25K event


Ankita Raina overcame a difficult phase mid match to get past Berfu Cengiz of Turkey 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-2 in the $25,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament at the City Centre Tennis Complex here on Wednesday.

The fourth-seeded Ankita, ranked 255th in the world, struggled against the 505th ranked Berfu, but was polite in observing that the ‘’conditions were difficult’’, owing to a bit of a slope on court No.3.

The 25-year-old Ankita who had saved two set points after recovering from 3-5 to pocket the first set, handled the climax well to save herself a lot of anxiety in a battle that lasted two hours and 20 minutes.

In the quarterfinals, Ankita will be challenged by qualifier Monica Robinson of the US who bounced back from the brink of defeat, to outwit Freya Christie of Britain 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(6).

Karman Kaur Thandi was the only other Indian player to make the singles quarterfinals, and did so at the expense of the former Asian junior champion and fellow FedCup team mate, Panjala Yadlapalli.

Karman will play Yana Sizikova of Russia who put out the top seed Valentyna Ivakhnenko of Russia in straight sets.

Another former Asian junior champion, Snehadevi Reddy who had come through the qualifying event, gave a strong performance before being downed in three sets by seventh seed Despina Papamichail of Greece.

In both the second and third sets, Despina played better at the crunch to pull through. She will play Tereza Mihalikova of Slovakia who had won the $15,000 tournament last week in Bhopal.

In doubles quarterfinals, Dhruthi Venugopal and Kanika Vaidya saved a matchpoint in the second set tie-break to force the super tie-break, but were eventually beaten 10-6 by Berfu Cengiz and Rosalie Van Der Hoek.

Interestingly, Rosalie in partnership with Kanika had won the doubles title last week in Bhopal.

With Ruruja Bhosale and Ankita Raina falling to the top seeds Yana Sizikova and Ana Veselinovic, Pranjala Yadlapalli emerged the lone Indian in the doubles semifianls, in partnership with Karin Kennel of Switzerland.

The results:

Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Yana Sizikova (Rus) bt Valentyna Ivakhnenko (Rus) 7-6(8), 6-3; Karman Kaur Thandi bt Pranjala Yadlapalli 6-3, 6-1; Ankita Raina bt Berfu Cengiz (Tur) 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-2; Monica Robinson (US) bt Freya Christie (GBR) 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(6); Despina Papamichail (Gre) bt Snehadevi Reddy 4-6, 6-3, 6-4; Tereza Mihalikova (Svk) bt Bunyawi Thamchaiwat (Tha) 2-0 (retired); Ana Veselinovic (Mne) bt Karin Kennel (Sui) 6-3, 6-4; Amandine Hesse (Fra) bt Emily Webley-Smith (GBR) 6-4, 6-1.

Doubles (quarterfinals): Yana Sizikova (Rus) & Ana Veselinovic (Mne) bt Rutuja Bhosale & Ankita Raina 6-4, 6-4; Karin Kennel (Sui) & Pranjala Yadlapallli w.o. Nudnida Luangnam & Bunyawi Thamchaiwat (Tha); Freya Christie (GBR) & Albinna Khabibulina (Uzb) bt Valeriya Strakhova (Ukr) & Emily Webley-Smith (GBR) 6-3, 6-4; Berfu Cengiz (Tur) & Rosalie Van Der Hoek (Ned) bt Dhruthi Venugopal & Kanika Vaidya 7-5, 6-7(7), 10-6.


Ankita Raina eases into the second round $25K event


Fourth seed Ankita Raina brushed aside the challenge from qualifier Rishika Sunkara 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of the $25,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament at the City Centre tennis complex on Tuesday.

In the pre-quarterfinals, Ankita will play Berfu Cengiz of Turkey, who did not break into a sweat in beating the local wild card Isha Budwal.

Qualifier Snehadevi Reddy sustained her high quality game to outplay fellow qualifier and the national champion Riya Bhatia for the loss of five games. The diminutive Snehadevi, equipped with a better serve and smooth strokes, had beaten the semifinalist of the last event in Bhopal, Kanika Vaidya, in the final round of the qualifying event.

Snehadevi will challenge the seventh seed Despina Papamichail of Greece in the second round.

Rutuja Bhossale failed to capitallise on a good start against eighth seed Ana Veselinovic of Montenegro and lost 4-6 in the third set, in which she had led 4-2 and had two game points at 40-15 to go up 5-2 on her serve. Ana served three aces to close out the match in the tenth game.

Qualifier Nidhi Chilumula put up a good fight against the finalist of the last tournament Emily Webley-Smith of Britain .

The results:

Singles (first round): Valentyna Ivakhnenko (Rus) bt Mihika Yadav 6-0, 6-2; Yana Sizikova (Rus) bt Nudnida Luangnam (Tha) 6-4, 6-3; Ankita Raina bt Rishika Sunkara 6-2, 6-1; Berfu Cengiz (Tur) bt Isha Budwal 6-0, 6-0; Snehadevi Reddy bt Riya Bhatia 6-3, 6-2; Tereza Mihalikova (Svk) bt Fatma Al Nabhani 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(2); Bunyawi Thammchaiwat (Tha) bt Peangtarn Plipuech (Tha) 6-1, 6-4; Ana Veselinovic (Mne) bt Rutuja Bhosale 3-6, 6-3, 6-4; Emily Webley-Smith (GBR) bt Nidhi Chilumula 6-2, 6-4.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Nudnida Luangnam & Bunyawi Thamchaiwat (Tha) bt Amandine Hesse (Fra) & Valentyna Ivakhnenko (Rus) 2-6, 6-3, 10-8; Karin Kennel (Sui) & Pranjala Yadlapalli bt Natasha Palha & Rishika Sunkara 6-4, 6-3; Freya Christie (GBR) & Albina Khabibulina (Uzb) bt Tereza Mihalikova (Svk) & Karman Kaur Thandi 7-6(3), 6-4; Valeriya Strakhova (Ukr) & Emily Webley-Smith (GBR) bt Despina Papamichail (Gre) & Riya Bhatia 6-2, 3-6, 10-8; Berfu Cengiz (Tur) & Rosalie Van Der Hoek (Ned) bt Nicha Lertpitaksinchai & Peangtarn Plipuech (Tha) 2-6, 7-6(5), 10-5.


Kaza Vinayak Sharma progresses in singles and doubles


Qualifier Kaza Vinayak Sharma had a memorable day as he beat the sixth seed Sami Reinwein of Germany in the first round of singles, and joined hands with Mohit Mayur to beat the top seeds in doubles pre-quarterrfinals, in the $15,000 ITF men’s Futures tennis tournament at the CLTA Complex here on Tuesday.

In both the matches, Kaza handled the crucial tie-break well to make it a straight-forward affair. Kaza beat Sami Reinwein 6-2, 7-6(2) and in the doubles Kaza and Mohit beat Caio Silva and Thales Turini of Brazil 7-6(5), 6-2.

In another lively encounter, Sidharth Rawat battled past Dhruv Sunish in three sets, while Davis Cupper Vijayant Malik overcame a slow start to beat Suraj Praobdh in three sets. Kunal Anand was equally efficient in getting past Haadin Bava 7-5 in the third set.

Manish Sureshkumar continued to stress his steady game by outwitting Siddharth Vishwakarma in a third-set tie-break.

The results:

Singles (first round): Thales Turini (Bra) bt Chien Hsun Lo (Tpe) 6-4, 6-3; Kaza Vinayak Sharma bt Sami Reinwein (Ger) 6-2, 7-6(2); Sidharth Rawat bt Dhruv Sunish 7-6(6), 2-6, 6-4; Yu Hsiang Chiu (Tpe) bt Lance-Pierre Du Toit (RSA) 6-7(4), 6-2, 7-5; Kunal Anand bt Haadin Bava 3-6, 6-2, 7-5; Manuel Pena Lopez (Arg) bt Stanislav Poplavskyy (Ukr) 6-4, 6-4; Vijayant Malik bt Suraj Prabodh 4-6, 7-5, 6-4; Bogdan Bobrov (Rus) bt Daniil Zarichanskyy (Ukr) 6-3, 6-1; Nam Hoang Ly (Vie) bt Rishabh Sharda 6-0, 6-1; Arjun Kadhe bt Shahbaaz Khan 6-3, 6-2; Manish Sureshkumar bt Siddharth Vishwakarma 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(5); Carlos Boluda-Purkiss (Esp) bt Siddhant Banthia 6-2, 6-2.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Mohit Mayur & Kaza Vinayak Sharma bt Calo Silva & Thales Turini (Bra) 7-6(5), 6-2; Carlos Boluda-Purkiss (Esp) & Nam Hoang Ly (Vie) bt Tyler Hochwalt (US) & Sami Reinwein (Ger) 6-3, 6-2.


Prajnesh Gunneswaran lends strength to the field


Prajnesh Gunneswaran, who missed out narrowly on Davis Cup selection, strengthens the Indian challenge as the top seed in the $15,000 ITF men’s Futures tennis tournament to be played at the CLTA Complex here from Monday.

The 235th ranked Prajnesh has drawn to play Goran Markovic of Serbia in the first round.

Fifth seed Arjun Kadhe who had done well to make the final last week in Kolkata will start against qualifier Shahbaaz Khan. He figures in the fourth quarter with the second seed Carlos Boluda-Purkiss of Spain who had beaten him in the final.

Fourth seed Sidharth Rawat will start against Dhruv Sunish who had a good run in the first tournament of the present circuit.

Karunuday Singh is the other Indian player to get a seeding, and will open against Jui-Chen Hung of Chinese Taipei.

The seedings: 1. Prajnesh Gunneswaran, 2. Carlos Boluda-Purkiss (Esp), 3. Nam Hoang Ly (Vie), 4. Sidharth Rawat, 5. Arjun Kadhe, 6.Sami Reinwein (Ger), 7. Karunuday Singh, 8. Manuel Pena Lopez (Arg).

The results:
Qualifying singles (second and final round): Shahbaaz Khan bt Jayesh Pungliya 7-6(6), 7-6(7); Kaza Vinayak Sharma bt Nitin Kumar Sinha 6-3, 6-4; Suraj Prabodh bt LInh Giang Trinh (Vie) 6-2, 6-2; Vijayant Malik bt Mohit Mayur 4-3 (retired); Kunal Anand bt Nicholas Bybel (US) 6-1, 3-1 (retired); Stanislav Poplavskyy (Ukr) bt Amarnath Arora 6-2, 6-2; Siddharth Vishwakarma bt SD Prajwal Dev 3-6, 6-3, 6-3; Lance-Pierre Du Toit (RSA) bt Anirudh Chandrasekar 6-2, 6-4.


Ankita Raina, Karman Kaur Thandi have everything to gain


Despite the presence of a bunch of quality players from abroad, it will be a good chance for the country’s best, Ankita Raina and Karman Kaur Thandi, to gather useful points in the $25,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament to be played at the City Centre Tennis Complex from Monday.

Seeded fourth, Ankita will open against qualifier Rishika Sunkara, while the fifth-seeded Karman Kaur will meet another qualifier, Albina Khabibulina of Uzbekistan.

Incidentally, only Ankita and Karman get seeded, among the Indians. In fact, only Rutuja Bhosale and Pranjala Yadlapalli were the other Indian players to get direct entry.

The injudicious distribution of wild cards for the main draw took its toll, as the semifinalists of the last tournament in Bhopal, Kanika Vaidya and Dhruthi Venugopal were beaten in the second and final qualifying round on Sunday.

Dhruthi was beaten 3-6, 7-6(0), 7-6(5) by Monica Robinson of the US while Kanika was beaten by the former Asian junior champion Snehadevi Reddy, who sports a much improved game, with the serve providing a suitable kick.

Riya Bhatia, Zeel Desai, Sowjanya Bavisetti, Rishika Sunkara and Nidhi Chilumula were the other Indian players to qualify into the main draw.

Valentyna Ivakhnenko of Russia will be the top seed and will be followed by Amandine Hesse of France, who had such a memorable outing in the $125,000 WTA event in Mumbai.

The seedings: 1. Valentyna Ivakhnenko (Rus), 2. Amandine Hesse (Fra), 3. Peangtarn Plipuech (Tha), 4. Ankita Raina, 5. Karman Kaur Thandi, 6. Valeriya sTrakhova (Ukr), 7. Despina Papamichail (Gre), 8. Ana Veselinovic (Mne).

The results:

Qualifying singles (second and final round): Albina Khabibulina (Uzb) bt Farhat Aleen Qamar 6-1, 6-2; Riya Bhatia bt Adrija Biswas 6-0, 6-3; Zeel Desai bt Saumya Vig 6-2, 6-2; Monica Robinson (US) bt Dhruthi Venugopal 3-6, 7-6(0), 7-6(5); Snehadevi Reddy bt Kanika Vaidya 6-2, 6-3; Sowjanya Bavisetti bt Prerna Bhambri 3-6, 6-3, 6-4; Rishika Sunkara bt Sai Samhitha 6-3, 6-3; NIdhi Chilumula bt Natasha Palha 7-6(5),4-6, 6-1.


Carlos Boluda-Purkiss prevails over Arjun Jadhe

Top seed Carlos Boluda-Purkiss of Spain defeated fifth seed Arjun Kadhe 6-0, 6-4 in the final of the $15,000 ITF men’s Futures tennis tournament in Salt Lake, Kolkata, on Saturday.

The 24-year-old Arjun, thus had to be content with the doubles title that he had won with Vijay Sundar Prashanth.