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Rutuja Bhosale no match for Svitolina

November 07, 2012 18:02 IST

The Indian challenge at the WTA Indian Open ended with the crushing defeat of Rutuja Bhosale at the hands of seventh seeded Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, at the Shiv Chattrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi, Pune, on Wednesday.

The Indian wild card lost the second round match in the US $125,000 event 3-6, 0-6.

The 16-year-old, playing her maiden WTA event, was no match for her opponent's powerful groundstrokes and deceptive drops.

The 2011 National champion had upset So-Ra Lee in the opening round.

Svitolina broke Rutuja's serve in the sixth game and then eased through the set before raising the bar in the second set.

In other matches, third seed Donna Vekic of Croatia was made to work hard by Oksana Kalashnikova of Georgia before winning 6-2, 4-6, 6-0, while fourth seed Eva Birnerova of Czech Republic was shown the door by Thailand's Luksika Kumkhum 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Results (Singles second round): 3-Donna Vekic (Croatia) bt Oksana Kalashnikova 6-2, 4-6, 6-0; Luksika Kumkhum (Thailand) bt 4-Eva Birnerova (Czech Republic) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1; Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) bt Rutuja Bhosale (India) 6-3, 6-0.

Doubles: Yi-Fan Xu/Yi-Miao Zhou (China) bt 3-Monique Adamczak/Stephanie Bengson (Australia) 6-3, 6-2.

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