India’s Ankita Raina and Rutuja Bhosale stormed into the singles semi-finals after registering a three-set win at the ongoing ITF Women’s Open in Bengaluru.
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Fourth seed Ankita defeated Dea Herdzelas of Bosnia and Herzegovina 6-1, 6-7, 7-5. While coming to Rutuja Bhosale, she defeated eighth seed Eden Silva of Britain 3-6, 7-6, 6-4. The semi-final match between Raina and Rutuja will now be played on Saturday. The tournament is part of the ITF Women’s World Tennis Tour. Earlier, top seed Brenda Fruhvirtova of the Czech Republic also entered the ITF Women’s Open semifinals. She defeated Priska Madelyn Nugroho of Indonesia 6-0, 7-5.
”The first set was going pretty easy and fast and in the second I was leading 5-3 but I didn’t really use my chances. Then at 5-5 I broke her serve and then I held my serve to win the match. I am happy that it was not a three-set match because physically I was not 100 percent — probably because of the matches and the heat as well. I am happy that I have eased through.” said Fruhvirtova after her win.
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At the same time, no. 5 seed Dalila Jakupović also recorded an easy win. She defeated Ikumi Yamazaki 6-2, 6-0 in the other ITF Women’s Open quarterfinal. Later in the day, Bhosale and his Swedish partner Jacqueline Cabaj Awad lost 6–2, 3–6, 8–10 to the No. 1 seeded Portuguese pair of Francisca Jorge and Matilde Jorge in the doubles semi-finals. Francisca-Matilde will take on Greco-British pair Valentini Grammatikopoulou and Eden Silva in Saturday’s final. Grammatikopoulou and Silva defeated Dalila Jakupović of Slovakia and Amandine Hesse of France 6–1, 6–3.
The ongoing ITF Women’s Open is a part of the ITF Women’s World Tennis Tour is hosted by the Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association (KSLTA).