Top seed Bhatia knocked out of $ 25000 KPIT –MSLTA ITF WTT Cup tennis championships

Top seed Bhatia knocked out of $ 25000 KPIT –MSLTA ITF WTT Cup tennis championships

Top seed Bhatia knocked out of $ 25000 KPIT –MSLTA  ITF WTT Cup tennis championships

Pune , March 9, 2021 :  Qualifier Soha Sadiq knocked out Top seeded Riya Bhatia in the opening match of the main draw at $ 25000 KPIT –MSLTA  ITF WTT Cup tennis championships organized by MSLTA in association with Deccan Gymkhana and played on the Deccan Gymkhana tennis courts

Banglore based Sadiq came back from loss of the first set to oust top seeded Riya Bhatia 4-6,6-2 6-1 in a two hours eight minutes long match .

Seventh seeded Zeel Desai , wildcard Vaidehi Chaudari,  Mihika Yadav, Ramya Natarajan , Sowjanya Bavisetti alongside  Qualifiers Sravya Shivani Chilakalapudi , Nidhi Chilumula were the other players to make it to the second round.

During the match between Bhatia and Sadiq, the scores were level at 4-4 in the first set and Bhatia managed to break her opponent serve in the ninth game and thereafter held  her serve to win the set 6-4.

In the second set, Sadiq played brilliantly, pinning Bhatia to the baseline. India’s Billie Jean King Cup player, Bhatia could not handle the pressure and was broken twice and lost the set 6-2.

At 1 set apiece Bhatia lost the plot and could not comeback into the match, Sadiq clinched the third set and the match.

After her win Sadiq said, “ In the first set, I was little bit tense and tight. Riya also  gave a very good fight.  But I got into my rhythm in the second set. Also I found my main weapon which is forehand. So my confidence got a booster”.

“In the third set, I was ok from the beginning. My forehand was perfect.  Obviously I was able to finish the match nicely.  I was a bit tense in the beginning. But as my confidence grew, it was not a difficult win there on” said Sadiq who  has been training at CSE Banglore under Horhe Fernandes since last one and half year.

In another well contested match, seventh seed Zeel Desai  was given a fight by Farhat Aleen Qamar  before winning 6-0, 2-6, 6-2 .

Following are the results: Singles: First(Main Draw)Round: Womens:
(Q)Soha Sadiq (Ind) bt Riya Bhatia (Ind) [1]4-6, 6-2, 6-1;
(Q)Sravya Shivani Chilakalapudi (Ind) bt (Wc)Snehal Mane (Ind)6-2, 6-0;
Ramya Natarajan (Ind) bt Bhuvana Kalva (Ind)6-2, 7-5;
Zeel Desai (Ind) [7] bt (Q)Farhat Aleen Qamar (Ind)6-0, 2-6, 6-2;
Mihika Yadav (Ind) bt Akanksha Dileep Nitture (Ind)6-3, 6-1;
Sowjanya Bavisetti (Ind) bt Likhitha Kalava (Ind)6-3, 6-1;
(Wc)Vaidehi Chaudhari (Ind) bt Ashmitha Easwaramurthi (Ind) 6-4, 6-0;
(Q)Nidhi Chilumula (Ind) bt (Q)Shreya Tatavarthy (Ind)6-3, 6-0;

Doubles: First Round:
Nidhi Chilumula (Ind) /Saumya Vig (Ind) bt Ramya Natarajan (Ind)/ Soha Sadiq (Ind) 7-6(7), 6-1;
Humera Baharmus (Ind) /Shrivalli Rashmikaa Bhamidipaty (Ind) bt Sravya Shivani Chilakalapudi (Ind) / Sathwika Sama (Ind)6-2, 2-6, 10-7;
Rutuja Bhosale (Ind) / Emily Webley-Smith (Gbr) [1] bt Rutuja Chaphalkar (Usa) / Hrudaya Shah (Ind) 6-2, 6-0.


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