Prerna Bhambri kept the Indian flag flying by making it to the quarterfinals of the singles category at the NECC-ITF womens USD 25,000 event at Deccan Gymkhana on Wednesday. It was another solid outing for qualifiers Rika Fujiwara from Japan and Keren Shlomo as they both made it to the last eight.
On a day when three out of four Indians in singles action were sent packing,Delhi girl Bhambri played some flawless tennis against an erratic Peangtarn Plipuech of Thailand. Plipuechs only glory came in the fifth game of the first set when she broke the Indian. Bhambri broke back immediately and then again in the 10th game,to win the set 6-4. The second set was a completely one-sided affair as Bhambri did not drop a single game on her way to setting up a quarterfinal clash with Kazakhstans Kamila Kerimbayeva.
Japanese girl Fujiwara,the 2009 NECC-ITF champion,had an easy day as her sixth seed opponent,Oksana Kalashnikova of Georgia,conceded the match trailing 0-3 in the first set due to a wrist injury.
Israels qualifier Keren Shlomo continued her good run with a 6-3,6-2 win over Japans Miyabi Inoue. Shlomo was hardly troubled by her Japanese opponent as her powerful serve and accurate groundstrokes allowed the Israeli to dominate.
Mumbai girl Snehadevi Reddy had no answers to the power of Thailands Nungnadda Wanasuk. The Thai brushed past the young Reddy with a dominating 1-6,0-6 scoreline. Wannasuk who had put out Ankita Raina on Tuesday,had little trouble dominating the play against the diminutive Reddy.
Sowjanya Bavisetti,another qualifier who had made it to the second round,was outplayed 6-2,6-2 by top seed Magda Linette. Linette,ranked 153 in the world,was at ease hitting powerfully from the baseline as Bavisetti fought on. The Polish player broke Bavisetti in the fifth game and then proceeded to close out the set. In the second set,Andhra girl Bavisetti began confidently but had no answer to Linettes accurate serving and her flowing serve and volley game. Sharmada Balu,another Indian qualifier,was defeated by third seed Diana Marcinkevica of Latvia 6-4,6-0.
Balu-Bavisetti ended the day on a better note though,as they paired up to beat fourth seeds Tamara Curovic and Diana Marcinkevica 6-7 (1-7),6-3,10-8 in the doubles quarterfinals.
Second Round: Magda Linette (Pol) bt Sowjanya Bavisetti (Ind) 6-2 6-2; Rika Fujiwara (Jap) bt Oksana Kalashnikova (Geo) 3-0 Retired; Diana Marcinkevica (Lat) bt Sharmada Balu (Ind) 6-4 6-0; Nungnadda Wannasuk (Tha) bt Snehadevi S Reddy (Ind) 6-1 6-0; Keren Shlomo (Isr) bt Miyabi Inoue (Jpn) 6-3 6-2; Gioia Barbieri (Ita) bt Anna Shkudun (Ukr) 6-3 6-2; Prerna Bhambri bt Peangtarn Plipuech (Tha) 6-4 6-0; Kamila Kerimbayeva bt Nicha Lertpitaksinchai (Tha) 5-7 7-5 6-0;
Doubles Quarterfinals: Jocelyn Rae (Gbr)/Anna Smith (Gbr) walkover Oksana Kalashnikova (Geo)/Magda Linette (Pol); Sharmada Balu (Ind)/Sowjanya Bavisetti (Ind) bt Tamara Curovic (Srb)/Diana Marcinkevica (Lat) 6-7(1) 6-3 [10-8; Ksenia Palkina (Kgz) / Jade Windley (Gbr) bt Rika Fujiwara (Jpn) / Miyabi Inoue (Jpn) 6-4 3-6 [10-6; Nicha Lertpitaksinchai (Tha) / Peangtarn Plipuech (Tha) bt Nungnadda Wannasuk (Tha) / Emily Webley-Smith (Gbr) 6-7(7) 6-0 [10-7