Poojashree pips Seo, enters last 8

Poojashree pips Seo, enters last 8

Aishwarya shows Sanaa the door; Nimisha goes down to Miyamura

Junior players Ankita Raina of Pune, Aishwarya Agarwal and Prerna Bhambri of Delhi upset seeded players to move into the women’s singles quarterfinals.

In the second round matches, Aishwarya knocked out third seeded veteran Sanaa Bhambri 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 to record one of the most impressive wins of her career. Sanaa’s cousin Prerna, however, kept the Bhambri family flag flying by scoring a 6-2, 6-3 win over seventh seeded Jung Yoon Shin of Korea.

Ankita, who shifted to Pune for her tennis career and watched by her coach Hemant Bendrey, played consistent tennis to take a 6-1, 4-2 lead over fifth seeded Shweta Kumari Solanki before the latter retired from the match.

The 15-year old Ankita, who is supported by the city-based Lakshya, made it to her maiden quarterfinal round in a women’s event.
Raina’s compatriot Rashmi Teltumbde went down fighting to second seeded veteran Rushmi Chakravarthi 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Fourth seeded Japanese Miki Miyamura, eighth seeded Shivika Burman and sixth seeded Elodie Rogge Dietrich also made it to the quarterfinal stage. Nimisha Mohan went down to Japanese Miki Miyamura 6-2, 6-0.

Results (2nd round): Poojashree Venkatesh bt Son Mi Seo (Kor) 6-1, 6-1; Elodie Rogge Dietrich bt Sheetal Gautam 6-1, 6-3; Aishwarya Agarwal bt Sanaa Bhambri 4-6, 7-5, 6-3; Prerna Bhambri bt Jung Yoon Shin (Kor) 6-2, 6-3; Miki Miyamura (Jpn) bt Nimisha Mohan 6-2, 6-0; Shivika Burman bt Kristina Kazimova (Ukr) 6-2, 7-6 (6); Ankita Raina bt Shweta Kumari Solanki 6-1, 4-2 (Retd); Rushmi Chakravarthi bt Rashmi Teltumbde 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Doubles (Quarter-finals): Sanaa Bhambri/Rushmi Chakravarthy bt Prerana Bhambri/Chika Terasawa 6-1, 6-2; Moe Kawatoko/Miki Miyamura bt Seo, Soon-Mi/Shin, Jung Yoon 6-4, 6-2.