Spurthi puts it across Eetee
Wild card Spurthi Shivalingaiah stunned Eetee Mehta 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the $10,000 ITF Bidar Open women’s Futures championship at the Police training school courts here on Monday.
The Bangalore girl braved foot blisters to come up trumps in a long match.
India’s Prarthana Thombare and Ukrainian teenager Oleksandra Korashivilli too caused upsets on the day. Prarthana rallied to pack off eighth-seeded Pei Chi Lee of Taipei 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Results (Indians unless specified) (first round): Ankita Raina bt Sai Samhita 6-1, 6-1; Ho Ching Wu (Hkg) bt Arantxa Andrade 6-3, 6-2; Vaniya Dangwal bt Riya Bhatia 6-2, 6-2; Anushka Bhargava bt Sanae Ohta (Jpn) 6-2, 6-7(3-7), 6-2; Prarthana Thombare bt Pei Chi Lee (Tpe) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4; Nan Nan Zhang (Chn) bt Shibika Burman 6-0, 6-1; Oleksandra Korashivilli (Ukr) bt Rishika Sunkara 2-6, 6-0, 6-3; Spurthi Shivalingaiah bt Eetee Mehta 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.