Rishika, Shweta qualify for main draw of QNET Open

Shweta-Rana-QNET-OpenNew Delhi: Indians Rishika Sunkara and Shweta Rana as well as Thailand’s Kamonwam Buayan and China’s Wang XI-Yao qualified for the main draw of the QNET Open $50,000 ITF women’s tournament that will begin the DLTA Tennis Complex here from Monday.

The 21-year-old Rishika Sunkara, rated highly in her junior days, overcame early resistance from Pakistan’s Ushna Sohail on Sunday morning before breezing to a straight-set win against Hong Kong’s Ho Ching Wu to make it to the tournament proper where there will be a total of eight Indians, including four wild card entrants.

India’s leading player, Ankita Raina, who made it to the singles quaterfinals and won doubles title in the $25,000 ITF event in Mumbai earlier this week, will be seeking to make her presence felt. Prathana G Thombare, who won the Asian Games women’s doubles bronze medal with Sania Mirza, will be looking to overcome memories of her first-round defeat in Mumbai and rediscover the form that helped her win ITF titles in Chennai and Hyderabad earlier this year.

Prerna Bhambri, Natasha Palha, Bhuvana Kalva and Sharon Sanchana Paul have been accorded wild card entries.

With a couple of top-200 players in WTA ranking taking part, the tournament, promises to be competitive. Patricia Mayr-Achleinter (Austria) who is just outside the top 100 will look to pick up some crucial points. She is ranked 107 while Anastasiya Vasilyeva (Ukraine) is the others top-200 player. Serbia’s 17-year-old Ivana Jorovic, the world’s top junior player this year will also be one to watch out for.

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore will inaugurate the tournament at 10.00 a.m. on Monday.

All India Tennis Association President Anil Khanna said AITA is aiming to bring more ITF events to benefit Indian players. “The QNET Open would certainly help our players secure big WTA ranking points and give them a chance to compete against strong opposition which would help their game. I would like to thank QNET who have been Indian tennis in a big way.”

Qualifying results (Indians unless specified):

Third round: Shweta Rana beat Arantxa Andrady 6-4, 6-2; Kamonwam Buayam (Thailand) beat Riya Bhatia 6-0, 6-1; Wang Xi-Yao (China) beat Vaniya Dangwal 6-3, 6-3; Rishika Sunkara beat Ho Ching Wu (Hong Kong) 6-3, 6-1.

Second round: Arantxa Andrady beat Sahan Shetty 6-3, 6-2; Shweta Rana beat Vanshika Sawhney 3-6, 7-5, 6-2; Kamonwam Buayam beat Amrita Mukherjee 6-0, 6-2; Riya Bhatia beat Sadfmoh Tolibova 2-6, 6-3, 7-5; Vaniya Dangwal beat Nidhi Chilumula 6-3, 6-3; Wang Xi-Yao beat Manya Nagpal 6-3, 6-3; Rishika Sunkara beat Ushna Suhail (Pakistan) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1; Ho Ching Wu beat Vineeta Singh 6-0, 6-4.

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