Sonam's second win over Sakshi, in the domestic qualifiers, came in a most dramatic fashion. In the dying seconds, Sonam pulled off the ‘Dhak’ routine – a move that requires a wrestler to pull the opponent over the shoulder and throw her onto the mat.
This is the seventh time in as many years that the Indian team has made it to the qualifier stage of the elite team competition, but is yet to make it to the World Group. The tie will be played on March 6 and 7, with the Croatians set to field the same team that won them the 2018 title.
In the past few days, Vesely has spoken often about being ‘lucky’ on court. He faced two match points in his quarterfinal against Ilya Ivashka, and then four more in the semifinal against Ricardas Berankis. On Sunday though, all that hadn’t been working well for him, did at the right time.
He was Lithuania's first Jr Grand Slam winner; a former Jr world No. 1; has defeated likes of Dimitrov and Anderson; but his career never really took off. At Tata Open Maharashtra, he hopes to revive it.
Ever since the start of the tournament in its former host city Chennai, it was played as a season-opener and attracted top stars – the likes of Carlos Moya, Patrick Rafter, three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka, and even a certain Rafael Nadal.