Easy for Rashmi, three-set win for Maloo in ITF

June 1st, 2009 - 6:34 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 1 (IANS) Indian wild card Rashmi Teltumbde easily dispatched Australian Marisa Gianotti 6-2, 6-2, but third seed Sanaa Bhambri was knocked out by Korean qualifier Soon-mi Seo on the opening day of the $10,000 International Tennis Federation tournament at the DLTA complex here Monday.
While Rashmi had little difficulty in tackling the Australian, Sanaa’s game fell apart after she lost a close first-set tie-break and then Seo won 7-6(6), 6-2.

Quite in contrast to Sanaa’s meek second-set surrender, sixth-seeded Parija Maloo showed great resilience in saving six match points in her three-set win over Thai Satjaporn Mahajaroenkul, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.

The 17-year-old Rashmi served big and her devastating forehand, especially while hitting cross-court, left an error-prone Gianotti scurrying into the corners.

Rashmi broke the 21-year-old Ausralian in the fourth and sixth games of the match, but dropped the seventh, serving for the first set. She, however, made up for the lapse by breaking back immediately.

The diminutive Indian was 3-0 ahead in the second set and she was serving for the match with another break in the sixth game. Again, Gianotti managed to pull the break back and Rashmi, too, broke back again to take the set and match, a double fault giving her the matchpoint.

“I did not expect to win. She is 914th ranked. But I took advantage of her mistakes. I myself was surprised the way I served. I hadn’t served for four days because of an abdominal injury, so it’s amazing,” said a beaming Rashmi.

An out of sorts Sanaa was good only in flashes, frittering away easy opportunities. She was leading 4-2 in the first set after exchanging early breaks of serve but dropped hers for the second time in the seventh game to even out things. The set went to the tie-break, which the Korean dominated with some stunning returns.

The rusty Indian went through the motions against a confident Seo in the second set, picking two games.

In other first round matches, Treta Bhattacharyya beat Shivika Burman 6-2, 6-3, and Sonya Dayal overcame the second set loss to win 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. Second-seeded Anastasia Malhotra of Japan, too, advanced with a 6-3, 6-1 win over last week’s quarter-finalist Renee Binnie.

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