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Re: Zeel Desai thread

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Zeel is playing in a $15K ITF at Tunisia and is in the semifinals of the singles draw. In the SF, she’s up against the top seed Russian who is ranked #8 in the ITF circuit. :goodluck:
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(via Indian Tennis Daily)

ZEEL DESAI THROUGH TO ITF W15 TUNISIA FINAL WITH AUTHORITATIVE 6-1 6-1 WIN OVER TOP SEED


Results for Zeel Desai(🇮🇳,665) -
[R1] d. Bougouffa(🇫🇷,UNR) 6-4 1-6 6-2
[R2] d. Bornay(🇫🇷,UNR) 6-3 7-5
[QF] d. Vanlangendonck(🇧🇪,788) 6-7(6) 6-3 6-2
[SF] d. Astakhova(🇷🇺,515) 6-1 6-1
[F] vs Djoubri(🇫🇷,685)
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Very good run by Zeel indeed. Zeel was returning to pretty good form in March where she reached final in Egypt. That was interrupted due to covid.

Now seems pretty much back top 350-400 level form where she should be considering the promise she showed in juniors. Good luck for the final.
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Zeel lost 46 63 26 in the final. Still excellent run by Zeel in her first tournament in almost a year.
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Re: Zeel Desai thread

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This week, both Zeel and Vaidehi started with a good R1 win but unfortunately, Tunisia is canceling the ongoing and all the tournaments in the future due to surging COVID cases. This is unfortunate especially when 2 of our players are playing decently. I hope they both now focus on playing in Egypt or elsewhere.
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Yes, unfortunate for Zeel for this to happen just when she had started after a long time with a very good week. These are tough covid times. No tournaments in Asia and now tournaments in Tunisia also get cancelled. Our players may to have to cool their heels to get to play somewhere.
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Tournaments have started again in Tunisia this week and Zeel is back there and has reached QF now.

At $15K ITF Women, Monastir, Tunisia

[R1] (5) Zeel Desai (IND,636) d. Naoko Eto (JPN,1254) 60 60
[R2] (5) Zeel Desai (IND,636) d. Kathleen Kanev (GER,991) 61 36 63

Next up against top seed,

[QF] (5) Zeel Desai (IND,636) vs. (1) Angelica Moratelli (ITA,479)
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Zeel should have an upper hand winning this, albeit being ranked lower than the Italian. She has played more tournaments here in Tunisia and must be comfortable with the conditions locally. :goodluck:
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Spot on, Dinesh.

In fact Zeel domimated against the top seed to win.

At $15K ITF Women, Monastir, Tunisia

[QF] (5) Zeel Desai (IND,636) d. (1) Angelica Moratelli (ITA,479) 61 62

Next,

[SF] (5) Zeel Desai (IND,636) vs. (6) Manon Arcangioli (FRA,638)
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Bad loss in semi final. :cry:

At $15K ITF Women, Monastir, Tunisia

[SF] (5) Zeel Desai (IND,636) l. (6) Manon Arcangioli (FRA,638) 46 26
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This week Zeel got knocked out in first round. :-(

At $15K ITF Women, Monastir, Tunisia

[R1] (7) Zeel Desai (IND,636) l. Kristina Dmitruk (BLR,1527) 60 36 57
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Her Bulgarian opponent is currently ranked #6 in the junior rankings, that probably validates the result.
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No, it doesn’t validate. All it shows that Zeel is not as good as her ranking suggests. This is not based in just this result. Last week also a similar result occurred after a freak win.
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Another first round loss for Zeel. :-(

At $15K ITF Women, Monastir, Tunisia

[R1] (5) Zeel Desai (IND,636) l. (Q) Melis Yasar (SWE,1243) 60 46 67(1)

Second consecutive match she lost after winning the first set 6-0. Looks like fitness issues as not able to sustain her playing level for the length of the match.
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Re: Zeel Desai thread

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Zeel started with a decent win in a 25K in Estonia against a similar ranked player.

At ITF W25, Parnu, Estonia (Clay)

[R1] Zeel Desai (IND,576) d. Melanie Klaffner (AUT,581) 46 63 62

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[R2] Zeel Desai (IND,576) vs. (5) Elena Malygina (EST,414)
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