Raina to lead Indian challenge

Sports Reporter
Thursday, 25 October 2018

Ankita Raina will spearhead the Indian challenge in the second edition of the L&T Mumbai Open WTA $125K Series, which will be played at the CCI courts in Mumbai from October 27 to November 4.

Mumbai: Ankita Raina will spearhead the Indian challenge in the second edition of the L&T Mumbai Open WTA $125K Series, which will be played at the CCI courts in Mumbai from October 27 to November 4.

Meanwhile world ranked 57 and fast rising 24-year-old from China, Zheng Saisai, who won her last WTA title as recently as April this year, has been given place of pride and will lead a field of leading players from 19 countries in the event.

Zheng will be followed by last year’s runner-up and World No 79 Slovenian Dalila Jakupovic, USA’s World No 94 Sachia Vickery and Serbia’s World No 96. Olga Danilovic. 

Sharing information on the player’s field, Tournament Directors Prashant Sutar and Sunder Iyer said that the list has at least 5 players who have a WTA tour event title,which makes the tournament interesting.

While top seed Zheng has two singles and three doubles WTA titles to her credit, the other seeded players will be formidable opponents.
 
Second seed Dalila, who is currently ranked 79, was ranked a modest 252 and unseeded when she played this event last year and created history by reaching the final of the event, before losing to Aryna Sabalenka.

17-year-old fourth seed Olga Danilovic the former French, US and Wimbledon Junior Doubles champion, is also in good form, having won her first WTA singles title in September this year winning the Moscow River Cup. She also has a WTA Doubles title to her credit.

The Main Draw of the event will feature 32 players, from 19 countries, from which 22 players get a direct entry, with four players emerging from the qualifying rounds and four players being awarded wild cards. 
 
 The winner of the event will get US$ 20,000 and 160 WTA points, the finalist will get US$ 11,000 and 95 points, the semi-finalists will get US$ 6,000 and 57 points and the quarter-finalists US$ 4,000 and 29 points. 

Round of 16 entrants will get US$ 2,000 and 15 points, while the main draw entry into the event will fetch US$ 1,050 and 1 point.

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