UTR Pro women’s tournament: Jennifer enters semifinals with an undefeated record

Jennifer Luikham defeated Arthi Muniyan and qualified for the semifinals with an undefeated record from group-A in the UTR Pro $25,000 women’s tennis tournament at the DLTA Complex on Friday.

Jennifer Luikham in action.

Jennifer Luikham in action. | Photo Credit: K.V. Srinivasan

Jennifer Luikham defeated Arthi Muniyan and qualified for the semifinals with an undefeated record from group-A in the UTR Pro $25,000 women’s tennis tournament at the DLTA Complex on Friday.

Jennifer Luikham unleashed a sharp game to rip through the defence of Arthi Muniyan for a 6-3, 6-2 victory and qualified for the semifinals with an undefeated record from group-A in the UTR Pro $25,000 women’s tennis tournament at the DLTA Complex on Friday.

In the semifinals, Jennifer who has made an impressive improvement in her overall game with a 17-week stint in Tunisia, will play Jagmeet Kaur Grewal.

The other semifinal will be between Akanksha Nitture and Suhitha Maruri.

Akanksha beat Himaanshika Singh for the loss of three games in her last league match, to remain unbeaten in her group.

Suhitha was equally impressive as she wound up with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Riya Uboveja and an undefeated record in group-D. The national junior champion Suhitha had beaten the national women’s finalist Sai Samhitha in the opening match and sustained the momentum with her energetic game and swift foot work.

The rest of the players who finished second to fifth in their groups will also go through positional matches to decide their final placing and win matching prize money.

For most of the players who do not get enough matches, it is a splendid idea to have six matches in a week, with the champion to be rewarded with $3,6000 and the 20th placing fetching $400.

The results:

Group-A: Jennifer Luikham bt Arthi Muniyan 6-3, 6-2; Bela Tamhankar bt Sachi Sharma 7-5, 6-1.

Group-B: Akanksha Nitture bt Himaanshika Singh 6-0, 6-3.

Group-C: Kashish Bhatia bt Hitakamya Singh Narwal 6-3, 7-5; Yubrani Banerjee bt Riya Sachdeva 6-4, 6-2.

Group-D: Sai Samhitha bt Vanshika Chaudhary 6-3, 6-2; Suhitha Maruri bt Riya Uboveja 6-0, 6-1.

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