Sunitha cruises into ITF semifinal

March 20th, 2008 - 9:19 pm ICT by admin  


Greater Noida, March 20 (IANS) A gritty Sunitha Rao overcame Indonesian Sandy Gumulya to book a semifinal berth in the $25,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament at the Jaypee Greens Sports Complex here Thursday. The second - seed US -based Indian was a set down but then rallied to beat seventh seeded Gumulya 2-6, 6-2, 6-1.

Sunitha next faces third - seed Estonian Margit Ruutel who beat Thai Varatchaya Wongteanchai 6-4, 6-1.

In doubles, third- seed South Africans Kelly Anderson and Chanelle Scheepers beat Indonesians Yayuk Basuki and Romana Tedjakusama 6-4,5-7 (10-6) to set up a title clash with fourth - seed Teodora Mircic of Serbia and Slovak Lenka Tvaroskova. The duo outplayed Kazakhstan’s Ksenia Palkina and Russian Anastasia Poltoratskaya 6-3,2-6 (10-8).

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