Sanaa in pre-quarters of ITF tennis

November 17th, 2008 - 10:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Nov 17 (IANS) Sanaa Bhambri booked her place in the pre quarter finals, prevailing over compatriot Isha Lakhani in straight sets at the Gujarat NRE Coke $50,000 ITF Women’s Challenger tennis tournament here Monday.Bhambri, a wild card entry, took 88 minutes to beat Lakhani 6-4, 7-5 on the synthetic surface at the Bengal Tennis Association Complex.

She pocketed the first set in 29 minutes utilising the solitary break in the second game. In the second set, Lakhani broke Bhambri in the tenth game but was herself broken in the seventh and eleventh games to bow out 5-7.

Wild card Rushmi Chakravarthi was the first Indian casualty in the opening round, going down to Thailand’s Suchanan Viratprasert 4-6, 1-6.

Another Indian to disappoint was Ankita Bhambri, who lost tamely to eighth seeded Kai-Chen Chang from Chinese Taipei 2-6, 2-6 in 61 minutes.

In the opening set, the Indian dropped serve in the fourth, sixth and eighth games, while breaking her rival in the fifth.

The second went the same way as Bhambri was broken in the second, fourth and eighth games and Chang lost her serve in the third game.

Sophie Ferguson of Australia won a thriller against Brazilian Vivian Segnini in 136 minutes 6-4, 7-5.

The first set went to Sophie who broke Vivian in the first, third and seventh games while failing to retain serve in the second.

The second set saw a see-saw battle. Sophie went up 3-0 breaking Vivian in the first and third games. Thereafter, Vivian made it 3-3 breaking Sophie in the fourth and sixth games.

The opponents traded breaks in the seventh and eighth games to run neck and neck at 4-4. Vivian retained her serve in the ninth, before Sophie survived three break points in the tenth and went on to demolish Vivian in the eleventh to lead 6-5.

Despite serving two double faults, Sophie kept her serve in the twelfth despite serving two double faults to take the set and move on to the last 16.

Results of Matches played today (Player, Status/Seed, Country,
ITF Ranking) :

Singles First Round : Noppawan Lertcheewakarn (Tha)(384) beat Julia
Parasyuk (Rus)(468) 6-4,6-4; Agnes Szatmari (4)(Rou)(200) beat Shivika
Burman (WC)(Ind)(1017) 6-1,6-1; Sophie Ferguson (Aus)(308) beat Vivian
Segnini (Bra)(326) 6-4,7-5; Kai-Chen Chang (8)(Tpe)(232) beat Ankita
Bhambri (Ind)(388) 6-2,6-2; Suchanun Viratprasert (Tha)(266) beat
Rushmi Chakravarthi (WC)(Ind)(472) 6-4,6-1; Sanaa Bhambri
(WC)(Ind)(502) beat Isha Lakhani (Ind)(292) 6-4,7-5.

Doubles Qualifying First Round : Iulia Kiriienko (Ukr) & Inna Kuzmenko
(Rus) beat Jade Curtis (GBr) & Emily Webley-Smith (GBr) 6-4,6-4;
Prerana-Mythri Appineni (Ind) & Sanduska Patrycja (Rou) w/o Korina
Perkovic (Ger) & Vivian Segnini (Bra).

Doubles First Round : Jing-Jing Lu (Chn) & Sheng-Nan Sun (Chn)(1)(267)
beat Ksenia Palkina (Kgz) & Julia Parasyuk (Rus)(783) 6-2,6-3; Sunitha
Rao (Ind) & Shikha Uberoi (Ind)(589) beat Julia Glushko (Isr) &
Florence Haring (Fra)(840) 6-4,6-2; Ankita Bhambri (Ind) & Sanaa
Bhambri (Ind)(772) beat Treta Bhattacharyya (Ind) & Shalini Sahoo
(Ind)(WC) 6-2,6-2; Laura Siegemund (Ger) & Agnes Szatmari
(Rou)(3)(393) beat Parul Goswami (Ind) & Parija Maloo (Ind)(WC)(1487)
6-0,6-0; Rushmi Chakravarthi (Ind) & Isha Lakhani (Ind)(792) beat
Leonie Mekel (Ned) & Varatchaya Wongteanchai (Tha)(860)
6-4,2-6,(10-6); Chin-Wei Chan (Tpe) & Yi Chen (Tpe)(2)(328) beat
Shivika Burman (Ind) & N. Lertcheewakarn (Tha)(WC) 6-4,6-0.

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