Ankita Raina wins maiden WTA title


India`s Ankita Raina on Friday claimed her maiden WTA title by lifting the Phillip Island Trophy together with Russian accomplice Kamilla Rakhimova, a feat which is able to catapult her into the top-100 within the doubles for the primary time in her profession. Ankita and Kamilla erased a one-set deficit to beat the Russian mixture of Anna Blinkova and Anastasia Potapova 2-6 6-4 10-7 within the summit conflict right here.
The 28-year-old Indian shared the USD 8000 prize cash together with her accomplice and earned 280 rating factors, which is able to take her to 94 from the present 115 when the WTA doubles chart is up to date subsequent week. Ankita will develop into solely the second participant to crack the doubles top-100 since Sania Mirza, who’s a six-time Grand Slam champion. The previous two weeks have been extraordinarily memorable for the gritty Indian, who made her Grand Slam debut on the Australian Open within the doubles, and in addition received a spherical in the primary draw of a WTA singles event. Elated at her efficiency and the outcome, Ankita says the singles top-100 can also be simply across the nook. “It`s been a great week. Kamilla and I played together for the first time. We signed up just 20 minutes before the draw because there was a lot of confusion with the entry list. “Kamilla performs very aggressive, has good strokes and I simply needed to ask her to be aggressive on the internet, which she did,” Ankita instructed PTI.
“It was not that draw was easy, we beat some good players who were tough not only in doubles but in singles, too. Kamilla has great fighting spirit. It`s great… first WTA titles and doubles top-100, too. I am looking forward to crack singles top-100,” she added. “We were 7-9 down by two match points in the semis. I had some great volleys. I was working on that and when I could do that (execute) in match nothing is more exciting.” Indian tennis gamers have all the time struggled to get funds and sufficient help to outlive on the demanding tour however Ankita didn’t make any such grievance. Instead, she thanked all who supported her. Also, at 5 ft and 4 inches, she doesn’t have a body to counter the taller and stronger rivals. However, Ankita insisted that, too, isn’t a difficulty for her. “I don`t think my height is an issue for Indian females. It`s average, of course on the international circuit there are players with bigger physique but then there are also who are leaner or shorter than me. “So I really feel one simply must work on their strengths and have a sport accordingly.
“As far as infrastructure and all is concerned, in Ahmedabad where I started playing tennis, there were tennis courts, tennis academy right behind my house and if it wasn`t there then it would be a different story and I might not be here. “But since I began taking part in there`s been a variety of growth by way of sports activities and tennis and it`s a lot larger now in India. “Of course it can be better and I`m very sure with more players it`ll come up more. Also during my transition period from juniors to women`s, I remember there were a lot of ITFs which I participated in India and did well, which helped me to start my Pro career. “As far as teaching is anxious I`ve all the time been teaching in India, began in India and nonetheless coaching right here so I wouldn`t agree (complain) with that half,” she stated. Ankita will compete in Adelaide International, beginning subsequent week.
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