Rutuja top seeded amongst Indians at Bowring Institute ITF Women’s World Tennis Tour
Rutuja Bhosale who had won the gold medal for India at the recently concluded Asian Games in China, will shoulder another responsibility of flying the Indian flag flying high when she begins her quest for glory in the Bowring Institute ITF Women’s World Tour. Given the tag of the third seed, the 27-year-old takes on fellow Indian Smriti Bhasin in the US $ 25,000 prize money event, the main rounds of which begin at the Bowring Institute tennis courts from Tuesday.
The only other Indian in the top eight seeds is Vaidehi Chaudhari who is seeded fourth and takes on wild card entrant Anjal Rathi in her opening encounter. Rutuja The field is headed by Uzbekistan’s Nigina Abduraimova who will meet Ekaterina Yashina in her first round while Thailand’s Lanlana Tararudee has been handed the tag of second seed and will clash with India’s another wild card entrant Sharmada Balu.
Meanwhile, Indians grabbed all the eight qualifying spots, registering contrasting wins which saw the exit of three seeded players. In the biggest upset of the day, 11 th seed Kundali Majgaine knocked out the top seed Sandeepti Singh Rao 6-3, 2-6, 10-6 in a match that lasted for two hours while Sonal Patil continued her dream run in the qualifiers after she stunned second seed Sravya Shivani in straight sets 6-4, 6-2 to make it to the main round. In another upset match, Pooja Ingale overcame the fancied fifth seed Soha Sadiq 6-3, 7-5.
Qualifying Round-2 (All Indians unless mentioned in brackets)
Seedings for main draw
Krishna Khaitan junior badminton: Top seed Anmol beats second seed Tanvi
Top seed Anmol Kharb pipped second seed Tanvi Sharma 21-13, 21-23, 21-16 in the under-19 girls final of the All India Yonex-Sunrise 30th Krishna Khaitan junior badminton tournament at the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex here on Monday.
It was a double crown for Anmol, a trainee of Sri Krishan Sagar Academy in Noida, as she won the doubles title in partnership with Vennala K.
Pranauv Ram emerged the boys champion as his opponent Lalthazuala He retired early in the second game of the final.
The results (finals)
ITF men’s tennis: Sandesh Kurale and three others given wild card entries
Sandesh Kurale, Raghav Jaisinghani, Sarthak Suden and Parth Aggarwal have been given the wild card entries for the $25,000 ITF men’s tennis tournament being hosted by the MSLTA at the GA Ranade Tennis Centre.
While the qualifying event started on Monday, with a majority of Indian players reaching the second and final round, the main draw matches will be played from Tuesday.
A player of impressive quality, and quite familiar to Indian fans, Evgeny Donskoy, who had beaten Roger Federer on the Tour, will be the top seed.
Ramkumar Ramanathan, Sidharth Rawat and SD Prajwal Dev are the Indian players who have got seeded third, sixth and seventh respectively.
National champion Siddharth Vishwakarma, Karan Singh, Nitin Kumar Sinha and Manish Sureshkumar will be the other prominent Indian players, trying to assert their game.
The seedings: 1. Evgeny Donskoy, 2. Louis Wessels (Ger), 3. Ramkumar Ramanathan, 4. Vladyslav Orlov (Ukr), 5. Ryuki Matsuda (Jpn), 6. Sidharth Rawat, 7. SD Prajwal Dev, 8. David Pichler (Aut).
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