Indians pack up along with top seed

Sports Reporter
Friday, 15 December 2017

Karman Kaur Thandi, Rutaja Bhosale and top seed Jia-Jing Lu exit in quarter-finals

Pune: Indian hopes Karman Kaur Thandi and Rutuja Bhosale flattered to deceive in the quarter-finals of the $25,000 NECC ITF Women’s Tennis Championship at the Deccan Gymkhana courts here on Thursday.

Seventh seed Karman went down 4-6, 3-6 against second seed Georgina Garcia-Perez of Spain while wildcard entrant Rutuja Bhosale lost 4-6, 4-6 against Olga Doroshina of Russia.

Karman who was coming from easy victories in the first and second round started on a bright note moving ahead 4-1 but let it slip from there and lost the first set 4-6.

“I was just playing an aggressive game whereas my opponent (Perez) was not hitting the ball hard. She was keeping it slow, which helped her as the match progressed,” said Karman.
In the second set, Karman was not up to the mark. She hit three aces but three double faults and miss hits, which allowed her opponent to take control of the game.

“Few of my serves did not go the way I wanted and even a few hits went outside of the court. If I could have managed to control that, then things could have been different,” explained Karman, who saved couple of match points before going down 3-6 in an hour and 45 minutes.

After Karman’s fall, all eyes were on local favourite Rutuja Bhosale, who was coming from a stunning first round victory over Ankita Raina.

Rutuja started slowly as Russian resident Olga broke her in the first and third game and held her serve in the second and fourth to take a 4-0 lead.

Rutuja finally came with her best game when she held serve in the 5th game. Olga still looked in no trouble as she won the next game to make it 5-1. Rutuja showed some fight, playing ferocious down the line shots and took two consecutive games to make it 5-4 but was unable to break Olga in the 10th game, which cost her the set.

“I was not able to handle her big serves neatly and hit few shots way to far from the baseline, which cost me the match,” said Rutuja.  

In the second set as well, Olag controlled the proceedings from the start. Rutuja fought well on a few occasions but unforced errors let her down as she lost 4-6 to exit from the tournament.
Hard luck continued for Indians as second seeded pair of Ankita Raina and Emily Webley-Smith lost their semi-final against third seeded Samantha Murray and Ana Veselinovic 4-6, 7-5, 10-4.

Quarter-finals: Fatma Al Nabhani (Oma) bt 1-Jia-Jing Lu (Chn) 6-4, 7-6 (8-6); 2-Georgina Garcia-Perez (Esp) bt 7-Karman Kaur Thandi (Ind) 6-4, 6-3; Olga Doroshina (Rus) bt WC-Rutuja Bhosale (Ind) 6-4, 6-4; 4-Katy Dunne (Gbr) bt 5-Ganna Poznikhirenko (Ukr) 7-6 (4), 7-5.

Doubles:
Semi-final: Jessy Rompies (Ina) and Varunya Wongteanchai (Tha) bt 1-Georgina Garcia Perez (Esp) and Valeriya Strakhova (Ukr) 4-6, 6-4, 10-8;  3-Samantha Murray (Gbr) and Ana Veselinovic (Mne) bt 2-Ankita Raina (Ind) and Emily Webley-Smith (GBR) 4-6, 7-5, 10-4.

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