Rushmi makes shock exit from Gurgaon ITF

June 17th, 2008 - 10:25 pm ICT by IANS  


Gurgaon, June 17 (IANS) Poojashree Venkatesha pulled off a shock victory over second seeded veteran Rushmi Chakravarthi in the first round of the $10,000 ITF tournament here Tuesday. Rushmi, who won the first $10,000 ITF title here last Saturday, started as a favourite this week but went down to 17-year-old girl from Mysore 2-6, 7-5, 5-7.

Fourth-seeded Sandhya Nagaraj was another first round casualty losing to unseeded Shalini Sahoo 6-2, 5-7, 0-6

Fifth seed Prerana - Mythri Appineni too could not match up her quarter-finals showing last week going down 3-6, 1-6 to Australian qualifiers Renee Binnie.

All other top players made an easy foray into the second round. Top seed Ankita Bhambri pummelled wildcard Deepna Vazirani, 6-0, 6-1 while sister Sanaa Bhambri seeded third mowed down cousin Prerna 6-4, 6-2.

Sixth seed Parul Goswami also registered a comfortable win over qualifier Rishika Sunkara thrashing her 6-1, 6-2.

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