Top seed Shalini in national tennis quarters

October 22nd, 2008 - 7:30 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 22 (IANS) Top seed Shalini Sahoo had little difficulty in beating her one-time sparring partner Arantxa Andrady, 6-0, 6-2, at the DSCL women’s tennis nationals to enter the quarter-final at the DLTA complex here Wednesday.Shalini, 19, dominated the game against the 17-year-old qualifier with whom she had trained at the capital’s Siri Fort Academy.

“I am satisfied with my game. Though being acquainted with her play helped me, I could not have taken anything for granted as it is almost a year since I left the academy,” said Shalini, a sociology student at the Lady Sri Ram College.

Shalini next plays another qualifier Sowjanya Bavishetti from Andhra Pradesh, who easily beat local player Likitha Shetty 6-0, 6-1.

Tamil Nadu’s P.A. Sindhu Nila defeated Mokshada Jain 6-2, 6-0 to set up a quarter-final clash with Delhi’s 14-year-old Ratnika Batra, who sent the fourth-seed Anushree Thammanna packing, 6-0, 6-3.

Ratnika, who won under-14 and under-16 championships, feels she has a good chance of winning the title.

“I served well while she commited a lot of errors. That made my task easier. I think I can win the nationals,” she said.

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