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Poojashree knocks out Rushmi

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GURGAON: Poojashree Venkatesh knocked out the second seed Rushmi Chakravarthi, 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 in the first round of the ITF women’s tennis tournament at the NTA Complex here on Tuesday.

It was the first victory in four meetings for Poojashree over Rushmi.

Meanwhile, Delhi girl Shalini Sahoo outlasted the fourth-seeded Sandhya Nagaraj in three sets, while the fifth-seeded Prerana Mythri bowed meekly to qualifier Renee Binnie of Australia.

The results:

Singles (first round): Ankita Bhambri bt Deepna Vazirani 6-0, 6-1; Thuy-Dung Nguyen (Vie) bt Sonal Phadke 6-0, 6-2; Cassandra Chan (Aus) bt Kesica Jayapalan 6-2, 6-3; Parija Maloo bt Rie Imai (Jpn) 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-2; Sanaa Bhambri bt Prerna Bhambri 6-4, 6-2; Viet-Ha Ngo (Vie) bt Nupur Kaul 6-1, 6-0; Angelina Gabueva (Rus) bt Shahin Ansari 6-2, 6-4; Parul Goswami bt Rishika Sunkara 6-1, 6-2; Sung-Hee Han (Kor) bt Mu-Ying Chen (Tpe) 6-4, 6-4; Grace Hannah bt Shivika Burman 7-5, 6-4; Chun-Yan He (Chn) bt Geeta Manohar 6-3, 6-1; Shalini Sahoo bt Sandhya Nagaraj 2-6, 7-5, 6-0; Renee Binnie (Aus) bt Prerana Mythri 6-3, 6-1; Sweta Kumari Solanki bt Savi Sehrawat 6-2, 6-0; Julia Moriarty bt Vishakha Sheoran 6-2, 6-1; Poojashree Venkatesh bt Rushmi Chakravarthi 6-2, 5-7, 7-5.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Ankita Bhambri & Sanaa Bhambri bt Jilke Nelord & Vishakha Sheoran 6-1, 6-1; Shradha Dali & Deepna Vazirani bt Radhika Jadhav & Nupur Kaul 3-6, 6-4, 13-11; Angelina Gabueva (Rus) & He Chun-Yan (Chn) bt Parul Goswami & Geeta Manohar 6-1, 6-3; Sung-Hee Han (Kor) & Parija Maloo bt Shivika Burman & Sandhya Nagaraj 6-2, 6-1; Thuy-Dung Nguyen (Vie) & Poojashree Venkatesh bt Mu-Ying Chen (Tpe) & Rie Imai (Jpn) 6-2, 6-3; Renee Binnie (Aus) & Prerana Mythri bt Viet-Ha Ngo (Vie) & Shalini Sahoo 1-6, 6-4, 10-7; Prerna Bhambri & Garima Vatwani bt Sagarika Phadke & Sonal Phadke 3-6, 6-3, 10-7; Cassandra Chan & Juliar Moriarty (Aus) bt Li Shan-Shan & Zheng Juri-Yi (Chn) 6-2, 3-6, 10-5.

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