Ankita Raina's Valiant Effort Comes Up Short in Hard-Fought Bengaluru Fina
Ankita Raina, India’s current number one player in the women’s category, performed strongly at the ITF $40,000 Women’s Tennis Tournament held at the KSLTA Stadium in Bengaluru from 6th to 12th March 2023. Despite facing tough opponents throughout the tournament, Ankita showed her skill and determination on the court and ended the competition as a singles finalist. However, her bid for the title was thwarted by top seed Brenda Fruhvirtova of the Czech Republic, who ultimately emerged victorious after a hard-fought match that went to three sets. Nonetheless, Ankita’s strong showing throughout the tournament underscores her status as one of India’s top tennis players and a force to be reckoned with on the international stage.
Raina’s impressive run to the final of the ITF $40,000 Women’s Tennis Tournament was marked by a string of commanding victories. In the opening round, she faced Vanshita Pathania of India, winning in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0. She followed up that win with another dominant performance against Thailand’s Lanlana Taraudee in the second round, winning 6-2, 6-1.
The quarterfinals proved to be a tougher test for Ankita, who faced off against Dea Herdzelas of Bosnia and Herzegovina. After a closely contested match that lasted nearly two & half hours, Ankita emerged victorious in a thrilling three-setter, winning 6-1, 6-7(6), 7-5. The win set up a semifinal showdown with fellow Indian tennis star Rutuja Bhosale, who had put in some impressive performances of her own throughout the tournament. In the semifinals, Ankita showed her class, dominating Rutuja in straight sets, winning 6-1, 6-1 to confirm a berth to the decider.
Throughout the tournament, the Bengaluru crowd showed their passionate support for the players, with loud cheers and enthusiastic applause ringing out from the gallery. In the final, the crowd was particularly vocal in their support for Ankita Raina, who had captured their hearts with her impressive performances throughout the tournament. Though she ultimately fell short in the final, the support of the Bengaluru crowd was a fitting tribute to her remarkable achievements on the court.
The ITF $40,000 Women’s Tennis Tournament was an exciting showcase of talent and skill among some of the top women’s tennis players in the world. Ankita Raina’s performance throughout the tournament was particularly impressive, demonstrating her tenacity, focus, and determination on the court. While she may have fallen just short of taking the championship title, Ankita’s performance serves as a powerful reminder of the potential and promise of Indian tennis players on the global stage. Her run to the final was a remarkable feat and a testament to her hard work and dedication to the sport. We look forward to watch Ankita and her fellow Indian tennis stars continue to rise and shine in future competitions