November 20, 2009 3:58:57 am
Fifth-seeded and 214th ranked Russian Nina Bratchikova created the biggest upset of the event knocking out 111th ranked Thai top seed Tamarine Tanasugarn,while Uzbek wildcard entrant Sabina Sharipova kept up her winning run to enter the semifinals of the $50000 NECC-ITF Women’s Tennis championships organised by the Deccan Gymkhana on their club tennis courts here.
In the quarterfinals,Bratchikova toppled top-seeded Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-3,6-2 in one hour 31 minutes,while third-seeded Bojana Jovanovski had to go through a harrowing one hour 51 minutes before overcoming the lanky eighth-seeded Ukrainian Anastasia Vasylyyeva 5-7,6-0,6-4.
15-year-old Uzbek wildcard Sharipova beat qualifier Chen Astrogo 6-2,6-3 in one hour and nine minutes. Sixth seeded and 237th ranked Rika Fujiwara once ranked in the world top 20 in doubles outplayed Thai opponent Varatchaya Wongteanchai 6-1,6-1 in exactly one hour.
In the semifinals,Bratchikova will take on Rika Fujiwara,while in a clash of youngsters Jovanovski will take on Sharipova .
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The Indian challenge fizzled out in doubles event as the country’s foremost pair of Sanaa Bhambri and Rushmi Chakravarthi went down fighting to Nicole Clerico (Ita)/Anastasiya Vasylyeva(Ukr). Clerico- Vasylyeva pair won 6-3,1-6,10-6 and will now take on top seeds Nina Bratchikova and Ksenia Palkina who scored a 7-5,6-3 win over the Thai pair of Noppawan Lertcheewakarn and Varatchaya Wongteanchai. “I am lucky to have won today,I played some good tennis and put my opponent under pressure” said Bratchikova who won a $50000 ITF doubles event at Jounieh in Libya and a $25000 event in Russia this year. Bratchikova broke Tanasugarn in the 6 th game in the first set and the 5 th and 7 th game in the second set.
Young Uzbek Sharipova continued her splendid run in the event outplaying qualifier Chen Astrogo of Israel 6-3,6-2. The hard 15 year old broke Astrogo in the 1 st and 7 th game in the first set and 3 rd and 9 th games in the second set to make it to her first ever semifinal in an ITF women’s event.
Rika Fujiwara of Japan who has only lost 7 games in the event so far scored an easy 6-1 6-1 win over Thai player Varatchaya Wongteanchai to make the semifinals .
In the toughest match of the day,Fed Cup player Bojana Jovanovski started badly loosing the first set 5-7 to Anastasiya Vasylyeva after being broken in the fourth game. From then on,she played percentage tennis to take the second set 6-0 in 20 minutes. In the third set Bojana broke in the ninth game and served out the 10th game to wrap the match 6-4 and make it to the semifinals.
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