Sharmada beats Rituparna to advance in AITA Women’s C’ship

Sharmada Balu of Karnataka sent home seventh seed Rituparna Nayak of Telangana in the first round of AITA Womens Championship at the PBI-CSE Tennis Academy, Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence, here on Tuesday.

Sharmada (27) didn’t give a semblance of chance to her fancied rival as she attacked with a string serves and some good returns that saw her clinch the match 6-1, 6-0.

Meanwhile, top seed Humera Baharmus of Telangana sailed through her first match with an easy 6-1, 6-1 victory over Aneesha Sai Sree Kamma of Andhra Pradesh. In a minor upset, Telangana’s Apurva Vemuri ousted statemate and eighth seed Mubashira Anjum Shaikh 6-1, 6-3.

Results:

Round of 32

Prathiba Prasad Narayan bt Sreenidhi Balaji 6-4, 6-1

Sharmada Balu bt 7-Rituparna Nayak 6-1, 6-0

Aryalee Chavan bt Harivarshine M 6-2, 6-3

Abhaya Vemuri bt Nagalakshmi Sarvani Chinthapalli 6-2, 6-1

Niharika Praveen Deshmukh bt Bhargavi V Olekar 2-6, 6-3, 7-5

Humera Baharmus bt Aneesha Sai Sree Kamma 6-1, 6-1

Apurva Vemuri bt 8-Mubashira Anjum Shaikh 6-1, 6-3

Apoorva SB bt Riti Agarwal 7-5, 7-6

–IANS

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