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Ankita, Sonal through to second round of ITF meet

Written by: Staff

Mumbai, Mar 27 (UNI) Top seed Ankita Bhambri and qualifier Sonal Phadke began their campaign with easy opening round wins in the Shivaji Park Gymkhana-ITF 10,000 dollar women tennis tourney here today.

Phadke, ranked 802 in the WTA rankings, demolished compatriot and wild card entrant Parija Maloo 6-1, 6-0, while Ankita overcame a sluggish start before getting past unseeded Kavitha Krishnamurthy of Canada 63, 6-2.

While Phadke required less than an hour to seal her win, Ankita endured early problems in a shaky opening set beore regaining her form against Krishnamurthy in a match that lasted two hours.

In other matches, veteran Sai Jayalakshmi Jayaram of India went down to qualifier Nungnadda Wannasuk of Thailand 2-6, 1-6.

Unseeded Miki Miyamura of Japan struggled past wild card entrant Elenora Sidjemileva of Uzbekistan 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in a match that lasted an hour-and-a-half.


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