Pune, Nov 13 (UNI) Fourth seeded Tara Iyer of India and seventh seeded Nungnadda Wannasuk of Thailand were the first seeded casualities to fall by the wayside when they were upset by Rushmi Chakravarthy of India and Katernia Poulina of Ukraine in the 25,000 dollar NECC ITF Women's tennis championships, being played at the Deccan Gymkhana tennis courts.
In the first round main draw, which began today, old warhorse Rushmi Chakravarthy once again proved that experience prevails over youth putting out a much higher ranked and fourth seeded Tara Iyer 6-4, 6-2 in a tussle lasting one hour and 28 mins, while Katerina Polunina of Ukraine, ranked 651 in the world, upset seventh seeded and 426 ranked Thai player Nungnadda Wannasuk 6-1, 6-4 in another 1.38 hour long battle to make it to the second round.
The other Indians to make it to the second round included Isha Lakhani, Sandhya Nagraj and Parul Goswami. In the first round encounter, Isha trounced qualifier Ashmita Easwarmurthi 6-0, 6-0, while Sandhya Nagraj snuffed out the challenge of Thai qualifier Varatchaya Wongteanchai 1-6, 6-1, 6-1 and wild card entrant Goswami outhit Jung Yoon Shin 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
In all it was a bad day for the other Indians on show. Shalini Sahoo, Adnya Naik, Shweta Kumari Solanki and Sanaa Bhambri were shown the door in contrasting styles by their opponents. Korea's qualifier Kyung Yee Chae thrashed Sanaa Bhambri 6-0, 6-1 while Zhang Ling of Hongkong shunted out Shweta Kumari Solanki 6-0, 7-5. Russian Julia Payasuk defeated Adnya Naik 6-3, 6-3 in a battle of lucky losers, while sixth seeded Silvia Disderi of Italy made heavy weather of her match before overcoming Shalini Sahoo 7-5, 6-1.
Following are the results (First Round Main Draw) Rushmi Chakravarthy bt (4) Tara Iyer 6-4, 6-2, Katerina Polunina (Ukr) bt (7) Nungnadda Wannasuk ( Tha) 6-1, 6-4, Isha Lakhani bt Ashmita Easwarmurthi 6-0,6-0, Sandhya Nagraj bt Varatchaya Wongteanchai( Tha) 1-6,6-1, 6-1, Parul Goswami bt Jung Yoon Shin (kor) 3-6,6-3,6-2, Kyung Yee Chae (Kor) bt Sanaa Bhambri 6-0, 6-1, Zhang Ling (HKG) bt Shweta Kumari Solanki(Ind) 6-0, 7-5, Julia Payasuk (Rus) bt Adnya Naik (Ind) 6-3, 6-3, Silvia Disderi (Italy) bt Shalini Sahoo 7-5, 6-1.
Doubles ( First Round) Sonal Phadke / Pooja Shree Venkatesha bt Anupama/ Chirashanti Rajur 6-1, 6-4.
Nina Bratchikova / Sandy Gulmulya bt Prachi nadkarni / Tanvi Shah 6-1, 6-0.
Wynne Prakusya/ Angelique Widjaja bt Geeta Manohar/ Archana Venkatraman 6-1, 6-1.