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India's Sahaja Yamalapalli, Rutuja Bhosale knocked out of Mumbai Open

Published at :February 9, 2024 at 12:09 AM
Modified at :February 9, 2024 at 12:10 AM
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The doubles pair of Prathana Thombare/Arianne Hartono stormed into the doubles semifinals.

The impressive runs of Indian challengers Sahaja Yamalapalli Rutuja Bhosale came to an end. Both, Yamalapalli and Bhosale went down fighting in their pre-quarterfinal matches of the L&T Mumbai Open WTA 125K Series Tennis Championships, being organized by the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA) and the Cricket Club of India (CCI) and played under floodlights at the CCI courts on Thursday.

The 23-year-old Yamalapalli, a wild card entrant and ranked 336 had chances against the 162nd ranked 20-year-old Russian girl but blew them away and suffered a 6-1, 3-6, 5-7 defeat in close to two hours.

Bhosale, another wildcard entrant showed a lot of promise initially before losing to eighth seed Katie Volynets of America earlier in the day.

The 22-year-old American beat back a determined challenge from the 27-year-old Indian by carving out a satisfying 7-6(8), 2-6, 6-1 win in just under three hours to advance to the last eight. Volynets has now defeated a second successive Indian opponent after having beaten India No. 1 Ankita Raina in the opening round.

In the quarterfinals, Volynets will take on South Korea’s Sohyun Park, who defeated Italy’s Camilla Rosatello 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in a battle between two lucky losers.

Meanwhile, Russian teen sensation Alina Korneeva has withdrawn from the competition. The 16-year-old Korneeva, winner of two Grand Slam girls’ singles titles, is down with a viral illness and will not take on Australian Storm Hunter in the quarterfinals.

In doubles action, India’s top-ranked doubles player Prarthana Thombare and Dutch partner Arianne Hartono stormed into the doubles semifinals. The unseeded duo scored a comfortable 6-4, 6-2 win over the Greek-Aussie combination of Sapfo Sakellaridi/Olivia Tjandramulia to set up a semi-final clash against Sohyun Park/Zhibek Kulambayeva.

In the first singles match of the day, Japanese Moyuka Uchijima also reached the last eight with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Hungary’s Dalma Galfi.

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L&T Mumbai Open WTA 125K Series February 8 (Thursday) Results

Singles Second Round

8-Katie Volynets (USA) beat WC-Rutuja Bhosale (IND) 7-5, 2-6, 6-1

Moyuka Uchijima (JPN) beat Dalma Galfi (HUN) 6-2, 6-1

LL-Sohyun Park (KOR) beat LL-Camilla Rosatello (ITA) 6-3, 5-7, 6-3

Polina Kudermetova beat Sahaja Yamalapalli (IND) 1-6, 6-3, 7-5

Doubles Quarterfinals

Arianne Hartono (NED) / Prarthana Thombare (IND) def. Sapfo Sakellaridi (GRE) / Olivia Tjandramulia (AUS) 6-4, 6-2

Naiktha Bains (GBR) / Fanny Stollar (HUN) def. Anastasia Tikhonova / Motuka Uchijima (JPN) 6-2, 6-2

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