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Ankita Raina Falls Short Again, Loses Final Round Of Australian Open Qualifiers | Tennis News

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

“It was good tennis from each of us, high degree from the primary recreation. She was serving very properly and he or she was in a position to 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 in 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 received a 3-Zero lead. She was in a position to enhance her velocity within the strokes and function properly.” 

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

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

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

“They (organisers) are taking me to Melbourne and contemplating the COVID-19 state of affairs, there may very well be withdrawals. I’m seventh within the queue. I’m nonetheless hopeful,” she stated. 


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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