The Indian run in Mumbai Open ends after Ankita Raina bows out

With the defeat of Ankita Raina in the singles and Rutuja Bhosale in the doubles event of WTA’s L&T Mumbai Open 2018, the Indian challenge has come to an end

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The Indian stint in the singles category of L&T Mumbai Open came to an end after India No.1 Ankita Raina lost to Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic during the second round of the tennis tournament on Wednesday. After her three-set win over Rutuja Bhosale in the first round on Wednesday, she seemed to be struggling to find her rhythm during her encounter with Danka and crashed out 2-6, 5-7.

Meanwhile, in the other second round matches, China’s Zheng Saisai managed to book her spot in the quarter-finals after an easy win over Netherlands’ Bibiane Schoofs.  On the other hand, Thailand’s Luksika Khumkhum defeated Barbora Stefkova (CZE) by 6-3, 6-4.

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Ankita had qualified for the quarter-finals last year. However, she was unable to get through Danka after being broken throughout the second round of Mumbai Open 2018.

I have to work on my fitness as I had not sufficiently recovered from yesterday’s match, I was a bit slow on in the first set and I got my rhythm back very late in the game. I am glad that WTA Tournaments are coming to India as this has been a great platform for me and it helped me a great deal last year,” stated Ankita in a post-match interview.

Meanwhile, on the other hand, Rutuja too made her exit as she and her Japanese partner Hiroko Kuwata went down 3-6, 3-6 against the top-seeded pair of Slovenia’s Dalila Jakupovic and Russia’s Irina Khromacheva in the doubles quarterfinal of the WTA event.

The tournament will conclude with the finals on Sunday, November 4.

Scorecard

2nd round: 1-Saisai Zheng (CHN) bt Bibiane Schoofs (Ned) 6-4, 6-2; 5-Luksika Khum Khum (Thai) bt Barbora Stefkova (CZE) 6-3, 6-4; J Lu (China) bt Hibino Nao (Japan) 6-4, 6-3; Danka Kovinic (MNE) bt Ankita Raina 6-2, 7-5.

1st round: Ankita Raina bt Rutuja Bhosale 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5)

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