Vaidehi Chaudhary played a solid attacking game, serving hard, moving fast and throwing smooth shots on both wings to outmaneuver the country’s No. 1 and third seed Ankita Raina 7-6(7), 6-3 in the first round. at the $25,000 ITF Women’s Tennis Tournament at the Tennis Project, Baliavas on Wednesday.
Ankita, 29, played very well, but Vaidehi, 22, survived the set points and took the first set, turning the tide in her favor. This was the first meeting between them in a professional circle, and it turned out to be unforgettable for Vaidehi.
Qualifier Vinita Mummadi, recovering from a first set loss to equal second seed Peangtarn Plipuech, before the Thai retired from exhaustion, unable to handle the heat and humidity.
Vinita will challenge fellow Thai Punnin Kovapitukted, who recovered from a 1-4 loss in the decider, to defeat Zil Desai 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(2) in a thrilling battle that lasted three hours and 35 minutes.
Sovdzhanya Bavisetti overcame a slow start and beat Yelena Pridankina 2-6, 7-6(6), 6-3. She will challenge Karman Tandi in the second round.
Srivalli Bhamidipati beat fellow Hyderabad trainee and qualifier Kundali Majgain after a hesitant start to set up a second round against Japan’s seventh placed Misaki Matsuda.
Thailand’s Luxika Kumhum, who finished fifth, retired early in the third set against Japan’s Momoko Kobori.
Results: First round: Diana Martsinkevicha (Lat) bt Akanksha Nitture 6-0, 6-4; Mansi Wadyala (USA) bt Ananyaa Bhargava 6-4, 6-4; Sofia Costulas (Bel) – Ikumi Yamazaki (Japan) 7-5, 6-3; Ekaterina Yashina (Rus) bt Wanshika Chowdhary 6-1, 6-4; Victoria Morvayova (Svk) – Gozal Ainitdinova (Kaz) 4-3 (retired); Anna Ukolova (Russia) – Nidhi Chilumula 6-4, 6-0; Momoko Kobori (Japan) bt Luksika Kumhum (Thailand) 6-3, 6-7(3), 2-0 (retired); Sowjanya Bavisetti bt Elena Pridankina (Russia) 2-6, 7-6(6), 6-3; Vaidehi Chaudhary & Ankita Raina 7–6(7), 6–3; Misaki Matsuda (Japan) – Prisca Nugroho (Ina) 6-2, 6-4; Srivalli Bhamidipati and Kundali Majgain 6-2, 6-1; Punnin Kovapitukted (Ta) and Zil Desai 4–6, 6–3, 7–6 (2); Vinita Mummadi bt Peangtarn Plipuech (Ta) 1–6, 6–3 (retired).