Mumbai Open 2018: Luksika Kumkhum upsets No.1 seed Zheng Saisai to reach the semifinal

After an evenly battled set of quarterfinal matches, the semifinalists for the L&T Mumbai Open singles event are Thailand’s Luksika Kumkhum, Russia’s Margarita Gasparyan, Slovenia’s Dalila Jakupovic, and Russia’s Irina Khromacheva

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The quarterfinal day at the L&T Mumbai Open started with an upset as No.5 seed Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand outplayed No.1 seed Zheng Saisai of China, 3-6, 6-4,6-4 to solidify her spot in the semifinals of the tennis tournament on Friday. In an evenly-matched encounter, World No.103 Kumkhum defeated World No.47, 6-4 to fix the encounter against Russia’s Margarita Gasparyan.

No.6 seed Gasparyan dominated the decider and ensured a place in the final four after a 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-1 quarterfinal win over Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic. This year, Gasparyan was making her comeback from injuries and eventually won the Tashkent Open. Meanwhile, this will the be first encounter between Gasparyan and Kumkhum.

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On the other hand, No.2 seed Dalila Jakupovic of Slovenia registered a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Lu Jia-jing of China. Last year, Jakupovic had reached the finals, only to be outplayed by last year's top seed Aryna Sabalenka. In the meantime, Jakupovic will keep her dream to victory alive as she’ll advance to the semifinals against Irina Khromacheva of Russia, who beat Greece’s Valentini Grammatikopoulou, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1.

Co-incidentally, as Jakupovic will clash against Khromacheva in the singles semifinals, she will team up with her as the top seeds in the doubles event to take on the pair, Natela Dzalamidze and Veronika Kudermetova, in the semifinals.  

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