ITF women’s tennis tournament: Ankita beats Lisicki to enter main draw

Ankita Raina beat the former world No.12 and Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki of Germany 6-3, 6-1 to book a berth in the main draw of the $100,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament in Surbiton, England.

Ankita will play wild card entrant Katy Dunne of Britain in the first round of the main draw.   -  Special Arrangement

Ankita Raina beat the former world No.12 and Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki of Germany 6-3, 6-1 to book a berth in the main draw of the $100,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament in Surbiton, England.

The Asian Games bronze medallist and the country’s No.1 woman tennis player, Ankita will play wild card entrant Katy Dunne of Britain in the first round of the main draw.

In the Challenger in Poland, Davis Cupper Sumit Nagal beat Constant Lestienne of France in three sets in the first round.

The results

$100,000 ITF women, Surbiton, England

Qualifying singles (second and final round): Ankita Raina bt Sabine Lisicki (Ger) 6-3, 6-1; First round Ankita Raina bt Myrtille Georges (Fra) 7-6(6), 6-1.

$15,000 ITF women, Tabarka, Tunisia

Singles (first round): Giulia Carbonro (Ita) bt Prathyusha Rachapudi 6-2, 6-4.

$81,240 Challenger, Little Rock, US

Qualifying singles (first round): Orlando Luz (Bra) bt Arjun Kadhe 6-4, 6-4.

€69,280 Challenger, Poznan, Poland

Singles (first round): Sumit Nagal bt Constant Lestienne (Fra) 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.

$15,000 ITF men, Tumon, Guam

Singles (first round): Karunuday Singh bt Harry Thursfield (GBR) 6-1, 6-2.

$15,000 ITF men, Singapore

Singles (first round): Abhinav Sanjeev Shanmugam bt Congsup Congcar (Tha) 6-4, 6-1; Ryota Tanuma (Jpn) bt Siddhant Banthia 6-2, 4-6, 6-1; Rimpei Kawakami (Jpn) bt Adil Kalyanpur 6-1, 6-3.