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Ankita takes title

Special Correspondent

— Photo: Sandeep Saxena

Ankita... the champion.

NEW DELHI: Top seed Ankita Bhambri lived up to her rating as she beat the second-seeded Isha Lakhani 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the $10,000 ITF women's tennis tournament at the DLTA Complex here on Saturday.

With the top two players meeting each other, it promised to be an interesting contest, but Isha was perhaps psychologically affected against an opponent who had beaten her in nine of their 11 previous meetings on the international circuit.

The 21-year-old Isha was erratic to start with and lost her cool midway and was unable to play with the level of intensity that she is capable of. It was, therefore, no surprise that Isha could not put up a decent fight though she managed to break back against the 19-year-old Ankita in both the sets.

Cool character

Ankita was her cool self, especially when it came to the second half of both the sets. She reeled off three games on the trot to pocket the first set, and then four games in a row in the second set to bring the curtains down.

"I am glad that I have been able to do this well. I haven't played much tennis in the last few months because of injuries,'' said Ankita.

It was the fifth singles title in the $10,000 circuit in nine finals for Ankita, and the third of the season. It was a double disappointment for Isha, as later in partnership with Pichittra Thongdach of Thailand, she lost in straight sets to Rushmi Chakravarthi and Megha Vakaria in the doubles final.

The results (finals):

Singles: Ankita Bhambri bt Isha Lakhani 6-3, 6-2.

Doubles: Rushmi Chakravarthi/Megha Vakaria bt Pichittra Thongdach (Tha)/Isha Lakhani 6-3, 6-4.

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