Ankita enters semis

Ankita enters semis

Eight-seeded Ankita Raina of India fought back from a set down to register a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory over compatriot Prerna Bhambri and entered the women’s singles semifinals of the $10,000 ITF tournament at the DLTA complex here on Thursday.

Delhi girl Prerna, seeded-fourth, ran away with the first set but Ankita, the champion of the last tournament here, rallied to seal a thrilling victory.

Ankita now meets compatriot and national champion Rutuja Bhosale in an all Indian semifinal. Rutuja dispatched Katherine IP of Hong Kong 6-2, 6-1.

In the other quarterfinal matches, second-seeded ZhaoxuanYang of China proved too good for India's Shweta Rana, winning 6-2, 6-0.

She now plays third-seeded Miyabi Inoue of Japan, who defeated India's Vaniya Dangwal 6-2, 6-3.

Results (prefix denotes seeding, Indians unless specified): 7-Rutuja Bhosale bt Katherine IP (Hong Kong) 6-2, 6-1; 8-Ankita Raina bt 4-Prerna Bhambri 3-6, 6-1, 6-4; 3-Miyabi Inoue (Japan) bt Vaniya Dangwal 6-2, 6-3; 2-Zhaoxuan Yang (China) bt Shweta Rana 6-2, 6-0.

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