Karman, Rutuja challenge ends; top seed Jia-Jing shocked
Pune: India’s Karman Kaur Thandi and Rutuja Bhosale were stopped in their tracks, while top-seeded Chinese Jia-Jing Lu was stunned on an eventful quarterfinal day at the $25,000 NECC ITF women's tennis championship at the Deccan Gymkhana courts here on Thursday.
Seventh seeded Karman met her match in second seeded Spaniard Georgina Garcia-Perez to lose 6-4, 6-3, while Rutuja’s brilliant run ended with a straight set loss to Olga Doroshina 6-4, 6-4.
Earlier in the day, top-seeded Jia-Jing Lu, world number 201, was shown the door by little-known Fatma Al Nabhani, who ranks 349 slots below on the WTA chart. The26-year-old Omani won 6-4, 7-6 (6) in a dual that lasted an hour and 41 minutes.
On Court 2, Karman was the first among the two Indians in action.
Pitted against the Spaniard for the first time, Karman opened the first set in style winning a ‘love’ game and pushed herself to break the next and hold the 3rd for a 3-0 advantage.
The 25-year-old Spaniard clawed back holding serve in the 4th before Karman held made it 4-1.
Thereafter Karman hit a purple patch as the Spaniard forced breaks 7th, 9th to go one-up.
In the second set, the Georgina hit the front early breaking Kamran early, which the Indian levelled with a return break (1-1). Kamran thereafter slipped to trail 1-5before holding the 7th and winning a break in the 8th to make it 3-5 and finally concede the match.
Later, 19-year-old Rutuja followed suit and succumbed to her second successive loss to Russian Olga. In the week before at Solapur, Rutuja met a similar fate losing in the quarterfinals.
On Thursday, Rutuja very coincidentally began her day winning a love game on serve! Thereafter Olga made it a one horse race to open up a 1-5 lead. Rutuja crawled back to win three-games in a row (4-5) but eventually conceded the set.
The second set was similar with the Rutiuja-Olga fight turning out to be even until five games before Olga pulled away to lead 2-4. Rutuja won a marathon 7th to hold serve, held the 9th but that was all she could manage to bow out.
The last semifinal slot was taken by No. 4 Katy Dunne (GBR) who put out fifth seed Ganna Poznikhirenko (Ukraine) 7-6 (4), 7-5 in the longest match of the day that ended after 2 hours and nine minutes.
In the doubles semifinals, unseeded pair Jessy Rompies (Indonesia)/ Varunya Wongteanchai (Thailand) for the second successive day did the giant-killing act
By stunning No. 1 seeds Georgina Garcia Perez (Spain)/ Valeriya Strakhova (Ukraine) 4-6, 6-4, 10-8.
Earlier, in the last-8 the Jessy-Varunya pair put out Russian duo Olga Doroshina/ Anna Morgina.
Third seeded Samantha Murray (Great Britian)/ Ana Veselinovic (Montenegro) quashed the hopes of the No.2 seeded Indo-British pair of Ankita Raina/ Emily Webley-Smith 4-6, 7-5, 10-4.
Main Draw, Singles, QF: Fatma Al Nabhani (Oma) b 1-Jia-Jing Lu (Chn) 6-4, 7-6 (6); 2-Georgina Garcia-Perez (Esp) b 7-Karman Kaur Thandi (Ind) 6-4, 6-3; Olga Doroshina (Rus) b WC-Rutuja Bhosale (Ind) 6-4, 6-4; 4-Katy Dunne (Gbr) b 5-Ganna Poznikhirenko (Ukr) 7-6 (4), 7-5.
Doubles, SF: Jessy Rompies (Ina)/ Varunya Wongteanchai (Tha) b 1-Georgina Garcia Perez (Esp)/ Valeriya Strakhova (Ukr) 4-6, 6-4, 10-8; 3-Samantha Murray (GBR)/ Ana Veselinovic (MNE) b 2-Ankita Raina (Ind)/ Emily Webley-Smith (GBR) 4-6, 7-5, 10-4.