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India's hopes alive in doubles

MUZAFFAR NAGAR: Rushmi Chakvarathi and Poojashree Venkatesh kept the Indian hopes alive with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Khristina Kazimova of Ukraine and Anastasiya Prenko of Turkmenistan in the doubles quarterfinals of the $25,000 ITF women's tennis tournament here on Wednesday.

The fourth-seeded Indian pair will be up against the second-seeded Sakiko Shimizu of Japan and Emily Webley-Smith of Britain in the semifinals.

Poojashree had lost in three sets in the singles first round earlier in the day to Yumi Miyazaki after the match had been abandoned at 2-4 for the Indian in the decider.

Rishika Sunkara gave a good account of herself against Miki Miyamura of Japan in the singles pre-quarterfinals, but retired in the third set. She has rushed to Melbourne for the junior event of the Australian Open.

The results:

Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Ksenia Palkina (Kgz) bt Kyra Shroff 6-1, 6-2; Miki Miyamura (Jpn) bt Rishika Sunkara 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (retired); Emily Webley-Smith (GBR) bt Ankita Raina 6-4, 6-2; Zheng Saisai (Chn) bt Nicole Clerico (Ita) 6-2, 6-0; Doroteja Eric (Srb) bt Mari Tanaka (Jpn) 7-6(5), 6-2; Dalila Jakupovic (Slo) bt Anja Prislan (Slo) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3; Sakiko Shimizu (Jpn) bt Yumi Miyazaki (Jpn) 7-5, 6-3; Tadeja Majeric (Slo) bt Khristina Kazimova (Uzb) 6-0, 6-2.

First round: Yumi Miyazaki bt Poojashree Venkatesh 7-5, 5-7, 6-4.

Doubles (quarterfinals): Nicole Clerico (Ita) and Ksenia Palkina (Kgz) bt Sheethal Goutham and Kyra Shroff 7-5, 6-0; Miki Miyamura and Mari Tanaka (Jpn) bt Ankita Bhatia and Garima Vatwani 6-1, 6-0; Rushmi Chakravarthi and Poojashree Venkatesh bt Khristina Kazimova (Ukr) and Anastasiya Prenko (Tkm) 6-1, 7-5; Sakiko Shimizu (Jpn) and Emily Webley-Smith (GBR) bt Aishwarya Agrawal and Ankita Raina 6-2, 6-4 .

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