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Arantxa Rus took a set off Serena Williams at Cincinnati yesterday. She lost 67(6) 63 67(0)



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Ankita will be partnering Samantha Murray Sharan at the WTA125 Prague event. Riya Bhatia has also made the main draw of the inaugural 128-player event.



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$25K ITF Czech 09A (clay)

[R1] 2-Ankita Raina (IND, 166) d. Kyoka Okamura (JPN, 244) 75 64

Second set: Ankita was broken in the fourth game, to make it 1-3, but she immediately broke back for 2-3.
Ankita comfortably holds at 15. 3-3
Okamura (career high 223 from 2016) saves a BP at 30-40, and holds. 3-4
Ankita holds, and then breaks Okamura. 5-4.
Serving for the match. 30-15, 30-all, 40-30, Match!



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Ankita lost in the singles R2 to her doubles opponent, but they are through to the doubles QF with a walkover. Singles:

[R2] Ankita Raina (IND, 166) l. Suzan Lamens (NED, 318) 63 26 36

Lamens was playing something like her 15th match (in 3-4 tournaments) in the last couple of months. The Europeans are match-fit at the moment.



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Ankita is playing the $80K Cagnes-Sur-Mer ITF and is the top seed in the singles qualifying draw. She is slated to meet world number 6 junior Elisa Jacquemot in the next round, provided she wins her QR1 match against WTA #545 Tayisiya Morderger from Germany. This event is a competitive field with the main draw cut off at 142. I hope Ankita qualifies, even though the junior player may be the favorite to win on home soil. :goodluck:



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Ankita comfortably won her Q1 match 64 60.
She plays Elsa Jacquemot (FRA, 658) next -- the world junior #6, who won her Q1 match (against the 10th seed) in a 3rd set STB (10-7).



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Ankita lost her final qualifying-round match by an emphatic 26 16 :-(



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And we sing paeans about our mediocre players and curse their luck in making it to the main draws or running into “hot” streaky unfancied opponents. The truth is that our players can barely hold their own even in qualies. But, there’s always a reason to delude ourselves. Yup, it must have been match fitness this time.



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Ankita has shown pretty poor form on clay, so she isn't going to the French Open qualifiers with too much confidence. She was in better shape last year, when she looked very capable of winning a round or two in all the Slam qualifiers.