Rushmi, Maloo lone Indian survivors in ITF tournament

May 27th, 2009 - 7:49 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) Rushmi Chakravarthi and Parija Maloo were the only Indians to advance to the quarter-finals of the $10,000 women’s International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournament here at the DLTA complex Wednesday.
Among the Indian losers were top-seeded Ankita Bhambri and her sister Sanaa who were beaten by Chinese girls.

Rushmi, seeded sixth, overcame a plucky Seo-Kyung Kang 6-7(4),7-5, 6-4 while Maloo foiled a second-set fightback from qualifier Treta Bhattacharya to win 6-3, 7-5.

It was the second three-setter for 31-year-old Rushmi, who after narrowly losing the first set tie-break came back strongly in the second which saw the two player trading breaks twice.

In the decider, Kang, who won the Mumbai ITF title last week, broke Rushmi in the third game but lapsed into errors to allow the Indian to broke back. Rushmi then had the decisive break in the tenth game to take the set and the match.

Rushmi next plays Australian Renee Binnie, who put out her injured doubles partner Isha Lakhani, 6-4, 6-0 in a little over an hour. Isha, a former national champion and third seed, suffered from a sore shoulder that made it difficult for her to serve and greatly cut down her strokes.

The 23-year old, however, put up a brave fight in the first set and after exchanging breaks in the fourth and the fifth game, was broken by the Australian in the tenth game to go a set down.

Isha, who had beaten Binnie last week in Mumbai, took medical time-out after the first game of the second set to treat her sore shoulder, but that did not help her much as Binnie easily walked away with all the sixth games.

Isha, who was down with jaundice in December, played only her third tournament of the year in Mumbai. She has also decided against playing in the next week’s ITF here.

“Since I didn’t have much training, I think that affected by shoulder muscles. I will take rest for some days to recover. My shoulder got worse by the second set, but I preferred to lose rather than concede the match,” Isha said.

Isha and Binnie had already lost in the doubles first round.

It was a bad day for Bhambri sisters. Both of them went down in straight sets.

Ankita went down to Ying-Ying Duan 2-6, 3-6 while fourth-seeded Sanaa lost 2-6, 3-6 to qualifier Yi Zhong. The Bhambris are already out of the doubles.

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