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Rushmi has it easy

By A. Joseph Antony

HYDERABAD, JAN. 14. Rushmi Chakravarthi's superiority was never in doubt as she subdued Satomi Kinjo 6-4, 6-4 in the pre-quarterfinals of the $ 10,000 Soma-Seven Hills International Tennis Federation women's tournament at the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh complex here on Wednesday.

Broken early in the first set, the second seed put that setback behind her soon enough, drawing level first and then breaking Kinjo in the 10th game. With stress on accuracy and conserving her energy, what with an aching shoulder hampering her power play, Rushmi's forehand called the tune, deploying diagonal returns well out of reach of Satomi. When serving, she kept the exchanges short, taking care not to concede the initiative.

Much of the grunting Japanese player's aggression seemed misplaced especially in her effort to smother the lobs, which landed in between or beyond the tramlines. Even holding serve meant a lot of toil for the big-built Kinjo, whose unforced errors were numerous in extended games.

Physio Sunil Dutt's ice pack could not have been more welcome for Rushmi, who emerged an authoritative winner.

Young Yi Chen wilted 4-6, 2-6, pitted against the harsh blast of Ankita Bhambri's experience. Gone was her fiery first serve that had felled seventh-seeded Diana Julianto in the first round. In its place was an inconsistency that worked against her. For instance, close on the heels of an ace came two double faults. Fate's cruel pendulum had swung the other way for the chirpy 17-year-old.

Tactically and technically better, Bhambri took the sting out of Chen's service early enough, breaking the Taipei schoolgirl time and again. The Delhi lass' down the line returns fetched her points by the handful as she took undisputed charge of the contest.

The results (pre-quarterfinals):

Singles: Rushmi Chakravarthi (Ind) bt Satomi Kinjo (Jap) 6-4, 6-4, Lisa Tognetti (Ita) bt Shruthi Dhawan (Ind) 0-6, 6-4, 6-2, Sandy Gumulya (Indo) bt Samrita Sekar (Ind) 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (3), Sai Jayalakshmy bt Iciri Rai (both Ind) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3, Ankita Bhambri (Ind) bt Yi Chen (Tpe) 6-4, 6-2, Isha Lakhani (Ind) bt Oxana Lyubtsova (Ukr) conceded, Giorgia Moretllo (Ita) bt Po Kuen Lam (HK) 6-2, 6-2, Tomoyo Takagishi (Jap) bt Rati Kumar (Ind) 6-2, 6-1.

Doubles: Rushmi Chakravarthi & Sai Jayalakshmy bt Liza Pereira & Samrita Sekar 6-0, 6-4, Yi Chen (Tpe) & Maya Rosa (Indo) btYayuk Basuki & Diana Julianto (Indo) 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, Lata Assudani & Rati Kumar lost to Isha Lakhani & Megha Vakharia 3-6, 1-6, Iciri Rai & Minori Takemoto (Jap) lost to Giorgia Mortella & Lisa Tognetti 3-6, 3-6.

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