Katherine IP causes upset at ITF Women tennis
Katherine IP from Hong Kong caused a flutter at Bengal Tennis Academy on 2nd day when she beat 6th seed Nidhi Chilumula of India 6-0, 6-1 to move into the 2nd round of the NBCC ITF Women's 10,000 dollars Tennis meet today.
The score line says it all. Katherine was too good for the 6th seed, serving and hitting groundstrokes with power and precision. The match of the day was between 8th seed Shewta Rana and Bhuvana Kalva. Shewta won 7-5, 6/7 (6), 7-6 (4). The match lasted over 3 hours. Shewta won the all important 7th game in the first set to lead 4-3. Bhuvana bounced back at 4-4. Shewta held her serve to take yet another lead.
At 5-5 Shewta broke her opponent's serve and held on to win the first set 7-5. The 2nd and 3rd third set could have gone either way. The tie breaks saw a lot of good quality tennis. Shweta played more attacking tennis in both the tie breaks.
Meanwhile, other seeds have it easy. 3rd seed Rishika Sunkara beat Victoria Chehal quite easily 6-0, 60 and 7th seed Prarthana Thombare made quick work of Aranxta Andrady beating 6-1, 6-1. 5th seed and current Hard Court National Champion Prerna Bhambri beat Shreya Pasricha 6-4, 6-2.
Three doubles matches were played today. Kyra Shroff and Aranxta Andrady beat Riya Bhatia and Katherine IP 6-1, 6-1 and Tarranum Handa and Adyna Nauk beat Victoria Chehal and He- Chun- Yan. The last match between Treta Bhattacharya and Shewta Rana vs Eetee Maheta and Manya Nagpal was on progressed when reports came in.
Results: Rushmi Chakravorty bt Treta Bhattacharya 6-4, 6-3 Rishika Sunara bt Victoria Chehal 6-0, 6-0 Prarthana Thombare bt Aranxta Andrady 6-1, 6-1 Katherine IP bt Nidhi Chilumula 6-0, 6-1 Prerna Bhambri bt Shreya Pasricha 6-4, 6-2 Shewta Rana bt Bhuvana Kalva 7-5, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (4) Manya Nagpal bt Megha Sherawat 6-2, 6-0 Spurthi Shivalingaiah bt Nikita Deshmukh 6-0, 6-0 Women's doubles: Kyra Shroff and Aranxta Andrady beat Riya Bhatia and Katherine IP 6-1, 6-1 Tarranum Handa and Adyna Nauk beat Victoria Chehal and He- Chun- Yan 6-0, 2-6, 10-7 (Match Tie Break).