Fourth seed Bhosale in round 2 at $ 25000 KPIT ?MSLTA ITF WTT Cup tennis championships.
On a day which saw seven foreigners enter the second round, local favourite Rutuja Bhosale remained the lone Indian player to enter the second round of the $25000 KPIT ?MSLTA ITF WTT Cup tennis championships organized by MSLTA in association with Deccan Gymkhana and played on the Deccan Gymkhana tennis courts.
There will be Seven Indians in the second round of the singles. In the first round matches played today, Bhosale playing her first match in the city after her marriage and Covid-19, outplayed qualifier Arthi Muniyan 6-1, 6-1 in the opening round
Rutuja who is the fourth seed said, “I have not played with Arthi Muniyan before but she is a good opponent. However, the hard court was to my advantage. Arthi tried to compensate by playing aggressively. The game was quick and as the match went on, I was able to take some easy break points. There are some excellent players here, I?m happy that MSLTA and AITA put together this event for Indian players. I?m hopeful that we will make most of it?.
In another first round match, Germany?s Jasmin Jebawy was given a tough fight by India?s young player Jennifer Luikham before winning 6-1, 5-7, 6-2.
In the toughest match of the day, Luikham showed good promise taking the second set but couldn?t keep the tempo.
In a thrilling first round doubles match, third seeds Sowjanya Bavisetti and Prarthana G. Thombare were lucky to get past the wild card pair of Smriti Bhasin and Akanksha Dileep Nitture 3-6,6-4, 13-1 , the wildcard pair lead 8-1 ,9-6 before the experienced pair of Bavisetti and Thombare came back to win and make it to the quarter finals.
Following are the results:
Singles: First(Main Draw)Round: Women’s:
Irina Khromacheva (Rus)  bt Shrivalli Rashmikaa Bhamidipaty (Ind)6-4, 6-4;
Jasmin Jebawy (Ger) bt Jennifer Luikham (Ind)6-1, 5-7, 6-2;
Miriam Bianca Bulgaru (Rou)  bt Humera Baharmus (Ind) 6-2, 6-3;
Marianna Zakarlyuk (Ukr) bt Adrienn Nagy (Hun) 6-4, 6-1;
Rutuja Bhosale (Ind)  bt Arthi Muniyan (Ind)6-1, 6-1;
Pia Lovric (Slo) bt Elena Jamshidi (Den)6-0, 6-2;
Emily Webley-Smith (Gbr)  bt Sathwika Sama (Ind) 6-2, 6-1;
Laura Pigossi (Bra)  bt Saumya Vig (Ind) 6-2, 6-0;
Doubles: First Round:
Sowjanya Bavisetti (Ind)  / Prarthana G. Thombare (Ind) bt Smriti Bhasin (Ind) / Akanksha Dileep Nitture (Ind) 3-6,6-4, 13-11
Jennifer Luikham (Ind) / Mihika Yadav (Ind) bt Sharmada Balu (Ind) / Snehal Mane (Ind) 2-1 (conceded)
Riya Bhatia (Ind)  / Miriam Bianca Bulgaru (Rou) bt Jasmin Jebawy (Ger) / Marianna Zakarlyuk (Ukr) 4-6,6-3,10-6
Ashmitha Easwaramurthi (Ind) / Bhuvana Kalva (Ind) bt Likhitha Kalava (Ind) / Emma Van Poppel (Ned) 7-6(5) ,6-4