Rutuja crashes out

Indian challenge ended at the WTA Indian Open with the crushing defeat of Rutuja Bhosale at the hands of seventh seed Ukrainian Elina Svitolina on Wednesday.

The Indian wild card lost 3-6, 0-6 in the second round of the USD 125,000 event at the Shiv Chattrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi.

The 16-year-old, playing in her maiden WTA event, could not match her opponent’s powerful groundstrokes and deceptive drops. Rutuja had registered an upset victory in the opening round of the tournament against So-Ra Lee and was expected to put up a fight against an opponent ranked 550 places above her.

There was no lack of effort on the Indian’s part and some of the winners she hit during the one and half hour encounter were enough to prove that she has the ability and the strokes.
Svitolina broke Rutuja’s serve in the sixth game and then eased through the set before raising the bar high in the second set.

“She just stepped up the pace in the second set. I will take a lot of positives from this tournament and hope to improve on the things I have learnt,” Rutuja said.

In other matches, third seed Donna Vekic of Croatia was made to work hard by Oksana Kalashnikova of Georgia before winning 6-2, 4-6, 6-0, while fourth seed Eva Birnerova of Czech Republic was shown the door by Thailand’s Luksika Kumkhum 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Results (second round):

Singles: 3-Donna Vekic (CRO) bt Oksana Kalashnikova 6-2, 4-6, 6-0; Luksika Kumkhum (THA) bt 4-Eva Birnerova (CZE) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1; Elina Svitolina (UKR) bt Rutuja Bhosale (IND) 6-3, 6-0.

Doubles: Yi-Fan Xu/Yi-Miao Zhou (CHN) bt 3-Monique Adamczak/Stephanie Bengson (AUS) 6-3, 6-2.

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