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NEW DELHI: Ashvarya Shrivastava, the sixth seed, outclassed qualifier He Sirui of China 6-1, 6-2 in the first round of the $10,000 ITF women's tennis tournament at the DLTA Complex here on Monday.
Ashvarya dictated terms throughout, breaking the big-serving Chinese at will. Though her serve lacked sting, the Indian stroked well to save a clutch of breakpoints against an opponent who was consistently erratic.
In doubles, top-seeded Rushmi Chakravarthi and Poojashree Venkatesh were beaten by Anja Prislan of Slovenia and Kyra Shroff. The second and third seeds, too, were also shown the door.
The results: Singles (first round): Prerna Bhambri bt Nehal Sahni 6-1, 6-0; Sri Vaishnavi Peddi Reddy bt Chika Terasawa (Jpn) 6-2, 6-2; Anja Prislan (Slo) bt Nidhi Chilumula 6-2, 6-1; Ashvarya Shrivastava bt He Sirui (Chn) 6-1, 6-2. Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Anja Prislan (Slo) & Kyra Shroff bt Rushmi Chakravarthi & Poojashree Venkatesh 6-1, 6-4; Shweta Rana & Garima Vatwani bt Natalia Khaniejo & Sagarika Phadke 6-0, 6-2; Sharmada Balu & Rishika Sunkara bt Moe Kawatoko & Maya Wakui (Jpn) 6-3, 7-5; Ambika Pande & Megha Sehrawat bt Vasundara Raju & Saha Shetty 6-1, 6-0; Arantxa Andrady & Sheethal Goutham bt Aishwarya Agrawal & Zhou Ya (Chn) 6-2, 5-7, 14-12; Marisa Gianotti (Aus) & He Chun Yan (Chn) bt Nidhi Chilumula & Sri Vaishnavi Peddi Reddy 6-3, 6-3; Prerna Bhambri & Ashvarya Shrivastava bt Bhuvana Kalva & Chika Terasawa (Jpn) 6-2, 6-1; Stephanie Hirsch & Yvonne Neuwirth (Aut) bt Magali de Lattre (Por) & He Sirui (Chn) 6-4, 6-2 . — Special Correspondent
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