ATT women's tennis in Delhi
Fourth seed Avika Sagwal has to be at her best in the opening match against Yubrani Banerjee in the $3000 Asian Tour tennis tournament to be played at the DLTA Complex from Wednesday.
The conduct of the tournament is itself a surprise, as the revival of WTA points had made the ITF tournaments more significant for the professional players.
However, in the absence of such ITF tournaments in the country, it is a welcome activity for the players of the calibre of Sai Samhitha, Vaidehi Chaudhari and the four-time national champion Prerna Bhambri, who have been given the top three seedings.
Qualifying singles (third and final round): Srinidhi Sridhar bt Sharanya Shetty 6-2, 6-3; SB Apoorva bt Pragathi Narayan Prasad 6-0, 6-3; Bela Tamhankar bt Deepshikha Saw 6-4, 6-1; Ananyaa Bhargava bt Anu Moar 6-2, 6-4.
Second round: Srinidhi Sridhar bt Nikita Bishnoi 6-3, 6-2; Sharanya Shetty bt Anaam Almas 6-3, 3-4 (conceded); SB Apoorva bt Garvita Dutta 6-0, 6-1; Pragathi Narayan Prasad w.o. Rupaktha Mukharjee; Deepshikha Saw bt Ritu Ohlyan 6-0, 6-1; Bela Tamhankar bt Shreya Panchal 6-2, 6-1; Ananyaa Bhargava bt Aashi Kapoor 6-0 6-1; Anu Moar bt Shanu Agarwal 7-5, 6-3.
First round: Srinidhi Sridhar bt Priyam Kumari 6-3, 6-2; SB Apoorva bt Rachita Talwar 6-0, 6-3; Pragathi Narayan Prasad bt Abilasha Mehra 6-2, 6-4; Ananyaa Bhargava bt Chetsi Bhatia 6-2, 6-0; Anu Moar bt Isshwari Matee 6-4, 3-6, 10-6.
The seedings: 1. Sai Samhitha, 2. Vaidehi Chaudhari, 3. Prerna Bhambri, 4. Avika Sagwal, 5. Sonashe Bhatnagar.
(Courtesy: The Hindu)