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Ankita Raina Falls Brief Once more, Loses Last Spherical Of Australian Open Qualifiers

Ankita Raina’s bid to qualify for a Grand Slam singles essential draw failed but once more, when she misplaced the closing spherical of the Australian Open qualifying occasion to Serbian Olga Danilovic on Wednesday. Within the girls’s singles qualifiers being held in Dubai, Ankita misplaced the third and closing spherical 2-6 6-Three 1-6 to her Serbian opponent in virtually two hours. Not having the ability to win factors on her first serve damage Ankita. Ankita mentioned her opponent got here out together with her greatest sport. 


“It was good tennis from each of us, high stage from the primary sport. She was serving very properly and she or he was capable of win free factors together with her serve,” Ankita advised PTI. 

“Within the second set I began studying her serves properly and I began making higher counter returns which gave me a bonus at the beginning of all of the factors. At first of third set she once more began serving properly and received couple of fast factors the place she obtained a 3-Zero lead. She was capable of enhance her pace within the strokes and function properly.” 

Ankita mentioned regardless of trailing 1-5 within the decider, she “did not hand over until the final level.” 

“I nonetheless had hope that I may come again as a result of I gave every thing I had on the market. I’m pleased with the preventing spirit I confirmed on the market right now,” she added. 

It was the Indian’s sixth try and qualify for a contest on the grand stage. Nevertheless, Ankita remains to be hoping to make the primary draw because the organisers have determined to take gamers, who misplaced within the closing spherical to Melbourne for ‘fortunate loser’ entry in case there are withdrawals. 

“They (organisers) are taking me to Melbourne and contemplating the COVID-19 scenario, there could possibly be withdrawals. I’m seventh within the queue. I’m nonetheless hopeful,” she mentioned. 


In case she doesn’t make it, Sumit Nagal would be the solely Indian to compete within the singles occasion of the primary Grand Slam of the season. Nagal has been awarded a wild card entry into the boys’s singles occasion. 

Ramkumar Ramanathan had misplaced within the first spherical of the boys’s singles occasion, whereas Prajnesh Gunneswaran misplaced within the second spherical to French participant Fixed Lestienne 2-6 3-6.

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