Pune girls Aher , Ingle and six other Indians qualify for main draw $25000 Pune Open ITF women’s championships
Pune, November 5: Local wilcards and junior girls Salsa Aher and Shivani Ingle alongwith six other Indians qualified for the main draw of the $25000 Pune Open ITF women’s championships an initiative of Kothrud MLA Medha Kulkarni organized by NS Sports Academy under the auspices of AITA , MSLTA and PMDTA at the MSLTA School of tennis Complex at Mhalunge Balewadi.
Sixteen year old Pune girl Salsa Aher thrashed Sirat Pannu 6-0,6-1 , while another local wildcard and sixteen year old Shivani Ingle registered a 6-1,6-3 win over Arthi Muniyan , the duo will also get their first WTA point for making it to the main draw as qualfiers .
Former national champions Riya Bhatia thrashed Sai Sudipta Yeddulla(Ind) 6-0, 6-1; Prerna Bhambri outplayed Sara Yadav(Ind) 6-3, 6-3 , Sai Samhita Chamarthi rallied past Amrita Mukharji 6-0, 6-4; while Rishika Sunkara outhit Pareen Shivekar 6-4, 6-2 to qualify for the main draw alongwith Nidhi Chilumula who got past Humera Shaikh 6-3, 7-6(2); and Ramya Natrajan who quelled a challenge from Soha Sadiq 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 to win the longest match of the day .
270th ranked Deniz Khazaniuk of Israel has been given the top billing at the event , she wll be followed Jaqueline Adina Cristian of Romania , 307th Karman Kaur Thandi will be ranked third and the lone Indian to be seeded , followed by Valeriya Strakhova of Ukraine , Ana Veselinovic ( Mne) , Pei-Chi Lee of Taipei , Yana Sizikova of of Russia and Tereza Mihalikova of Slovakia will be seeded fifth , sixth , seventh and eighth .
The tournament was inaugurated by the Hon Minister of Sports Vinod Tawade , Kothrud MLA Prof. Medha Kulkarni presided over the function , Commissioner of Sports Sunil Kendrekar , Mr.Sunder Iyer, Hon Sec of MSLTA, Mr .Navnath Shete, Tournament Director and Arjuna Awardee and former Davis Cupper Sandeep Kirtane , were present on the occasion. Mr Tawade also felicitated National Champion and runners-up women players from Maharashtra on the occasion and assured full support to further develop the sport of tennis in Maharashtra
Following are the results: Final Qualifying round:
Riya Bhatia(Ind) bt Sai Sudipta Yeddulla(Ind) 6-0, 6-1;
Shivani Ingle(Ind) bt Arthi Muniyan(Ind) 6-1, 6-3;
Nidhi Chilumula(Ind) bt Humera Shaikh(Ind) 6-3, 7-6(2);
Prerna Bhambri(Ind) bt Sara Yadav(Ind) 6-3, 6-3;
Sai Samhita Chamarthi(Ind) bt Amrita Mukharji(Ind) 6-0, 6-4;
Rishika Sunkara(Ind) bt Pareen Shivekar(Ind) 6-4, 6-2;
Ramya Natrajan(Ind) bt Soha Sadiq(Ind) 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-3;
Salsa Aher(Ind) bt Sirat Pannu(Ind) 6-0, 6-1;
Following are the seedings Singles 1 Deniz Khazaniuk (Isr) , 2. Jaqueline Adina Cristian(Rom) 3. Karman Kaur Thandi (Ind) 4. Valeriya Strakhova (Ukr), 5. Pei-Chi Lee (Tpe) 6 Ana Veselinovic 7. Yana Sizikova (Rus) , 8. Tereza Mihalikova of Slovakia.
Doubles: 1. Karman Kaur Thandi / Ana Veselinovic 2.Olesya Pervushina / Valeriya Strakhova , 3 Pei-Chi Lee / Yana Sizikova 4. Jaqueline Adina Cristian / Tereza Mihalikova