Pooja eases past Arantxa into round 2


Poojashree eased out compatriot Arantxa Andrady 6-2, 6-1 in her first-round match. Qualifier Sheetal Gautam overcame Japanese Moe Kawatoko 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 to advance into next round.

It was also smooth sailing for other seeded players. Second-seeded Rushmi Chakravarthi outplayed Kazakhstan's Alena Gerasimova 6-2, 6-0 while Sanaa Bhambri, seeded third, won 6-2, 6-1 against Prathana Prathap.

Korean Jung Yoon Shin, seeded seventh, prevailed over Tanvi Shah 6-1, 6-3 and the fourth seeded Japanese player Miki Miyamura eased past Sophia Mulsap of Thailand 6-1, 6-1 in the first round matches.

Poojashree and Treta Bhattacharyya made it to the doubles quarterfinals, beating Aishwarya Agarwal and Nimisha Mohan 6-4, 6-1.

Results (first round, prefix numbers denote seeding): 1-Poojashree Venkatesha bt Arantxa Andrady 6-2, 6-1; Sheetal Gautam bt Moe Kawatoko (Jpn) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3; 3-Sanaa Bhambri bt Prathana Prathap 6-2, 6-1; Prerna Bhambri bt Treta Bhattacharyya 6-4, 6-4; 7-Jung Yoon Shin (Kor) bt Tanvi Shah 6-1, 6-3; 4-Miki Miyamura (Jpn) bt Sophia Mulsap (Tha) 6-1, 6-1; Ankita Raina bt Yang Pang (Chn) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4; 2-Rushmi Chakravarthi bt Alena Gerasimova(Blr) 6-2, 6-0.

Doubles: Sophia Mulsap/ Natchanok Saenyaokhot (Tha) bt Shivika Burman/ Shweta Solanki 6-2, 6-2; Alena Gerasimova (Blr)/Aishwarya Srivastava bt Sagarika Phadke/ Elodie Dietrich Rogge (Fra) 6-3, 6-2; Treta Bhattacharyya /Poojashree Venkatesha bt Aishwarya Agarwal/ Nimisha Mohan 6-4, 6-1; Moe Kawatoko/ Miki Miyamura (Jpn) bt Tanvi Shah/ Rashmi Teltumbde 7-5, 6-2.

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