ITF Ladies’s Prize $25,000: Thandi beat Chaudhari to achieve semi-finals; Costoulas knocks out prime seed Marcinkevica
Karman Kaur Thandi continued to maintain the Indians’ hopes as she put collectively a robust match to beat Vaidehi Chaudhari 6-4, 6-3 within the quarterfinals of the $25,000 ITF girls’s tennis event at Tennis Challenge in Baliawas, on Friday.
Karman is nimble for her massive serves and lethal forehand, however greater than that, has the endurance and maturity to remain calm when the circulate of the sport works in opposition to her.
Vaidehi performed firmly to defeat Ankita Raina and Humera Baharmus within the earlier rounds. She created a skirmish by returning 1-5 within the first set, however Karman pushed it up when requested.
Within the second set, Karman took the lead and continued to be sharp in establishing a semi-final in opposition to Punnin Kovapitukted.
The Thai, Punnin performed solely three video games, as Shrivalli Bhamidipaty conceded the match resulting from sickness. The lengthy battle beneath the warmth will need to have reached Shrivalli and she or he felt nauseous when she awoke. She mustered up the braveness to step onto the court docket and was additionally stroked fantastically, however couldn’t stand for lengthy.
In further time, world quantity 3 junior Sofia Costoulas of Belgium defeated prime seed Diana Marcinkevica of Latvia with a rating of 6-4, 6-4. Within the semi-finals, 17-year-old Sofia will face Japan’s Saki Imamura.
Photograph of Sofia Costoulas, who knocked out prime seed Diana Marcinkevica in the course of the $25,000 ITF girls’s tennis event in Gurugram on Friday.
India’s problem in doubles got here to an finish as Zeel Desai and Kazakhstan’s Gozal Ainitdinova had been defeated 6-2, 6-4 within the semi-finals by Japanese duo Momoko Kobori and Misaki Matsuda.
Singles (quarterfinals):Sofia Costoulas (Bel) bt Diana Marcinkevica (Lat) 6-4, 6-4; Saki Imamura (Jpn) bt Anna Ukolova (Rus) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4; Karman Kaur Thandi bt Vaidehi Chaudhari 6-3, 6-4; Punnin Kovapitukted (Tha) bt Shrivalli Bhamidipaty 2-1 (retired).
Doubles (semi-final): Saki Imamura (Jpn) & Priska Madelyn Nugroho (Ina) bt Sofia Costoulas (Bel) & Elena Pridankina (Rus) 7-5, 6-3; Momoko Kobori & Misaki Matsuda (Jpn) bt Gozal Ainitdinova (Kaz) & Zeel Desai 6-2, 6-4.
– Kamesh Srinivasan