Ankita to lead Indian challenge in $50,000 Women’s ITF

December 21st, 2008 - 11:18 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) India’s Ankita Bhambri will lead a pack of seven players in the $50,000 ITF Women’s Tennis at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA) stadium here Monday.However, none of the Indian players has been seeded in the season-ending tournament. Four of them - Parul Goswami, Poojashree Venkatesh, Rushmi Chakravarthi and Shikha Uberoi - have got wild cards. Shalini Sahoo is the lone Indian who made it to the main draw through qualifiers.

Bhambri, with a world ranking of 402, has had mediocre season so far and would be looking to end the year on a high. She will start her campaign against Rushmi, who beat her in their last meeting in June to win the $10,000 Gurgaon ITF.

Sister Sanaa will face a tougher first-round in eighth seed Yuliya Beygelzimer of Ukraine.

Slovenia’s Masa Zec-Peskeric, ranked 135, has been given the top billing followed by Estonia’s Margit Ruutel and Czech Sandra Zahlavova.

Masa made first-round exit in the recent ITF’s but has collected five titles this year. But it will be a test for her on the DLTA hard courts as all her titles have come on clay. She will face Germany’s Laura Siegemeond in the first round.

For Ruutel, it is her second visit to Delhi. She made it to the semifinal of Delhi and Noida ITF earlier this year.

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