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Ankita Bhambri enters last eight

PUNE: Second seed Ankita Bhambri recovered from an indifferent start to beat a gritty qualifier Poojashree Venkatesh 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the pre-quarterfinals of the NECC $10,000 ITF women's tennis tournament here on Wednesday.

Ankita will meet Meghha Vakaria who got past Elizaveta Tochilovskaya of Russia 7-6(4), 7-5. Isha Lakhani, Tara Iyer and Sanaa Bhambri were the other Indians to make the quarterfinals.

The results:

Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Isha Lakhani bt Sasirin Borwornchok (Tha) 6-3, 6-3; Tara Iyer bt Geeta Manohar 6-1, 6-2; Sanaa Bhambri bt Rashmi Teltumbe 6-3, 7-5; Nungnadda Wannasuk (Tha) bt Shalini Sahoo 6-3, 6-1; Ksenia Palkina (Kgz) bt Archana Venkataraman 6-3, 6-2; Amina Rakhim (Kaz) bt Janaki Gunuganti 6-1, 6-0; Meghha Vakaria bt Elizaveta Tochilovskaya (Rus) 7-6(4), 7-5; Ankita Bhambri bt Poojashree Venkatesh 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Doubles (quarterfinals): Geeta Manohar/Liza Pereira w/o Ankita Bhambri/Rushmi Chakravarthi; Ksenia Palkina (Kgz)/Isha Lakhani bt Sasirin Borwornchok/Sasarin Borwornchok (Tha) 6-1, 6-3; Nungnadda Wannasuk (Tha)/Madhura Ranganathan bt Krushmi Chheda/Sonal Phadke 6-0, 4-6, 6-3; Sanaa Bhambri/Meghha Vakaria bt Amina Rakhim (Kaz)/Elizaveta Tochilovskaya (Rus) 6-4, 6-3.

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