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Rushmi, Shruti survive early scare

April 06, 2005 19:38 IST

Third seed Rushmi Chakravarthi of India overcame a first set scare, while No. 6 Petra Cetkovska crashed to an unseeded player in second round action, in the US$10,000 ITF Women's Tennis Tournament, sponsored by Rajesh Kumar Wadhawan Charitable Trust, at the Practennis School of Tennisin Mumbai on Wednesday.

On a day of mixed fortunes for Indians, Chakravarthi beat back an early challenge from unseeded Wilawan Choptang of Thailand to advance to the quarter-finals with a 7-6 (6), 6-2 win. Wild card Shruti Dhawan of Delhi also was forced to endure an early scare before overcoming unseeded Thassha Vitayaviroj of Thailand 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

On a disastrous day for Thailand, qualifier Pichittra Thongdach became the third Thai girl to crash out after losing to No. 7 seed Yurika Semka of Japan 4-6, 0-6.

Cetkovska was the only seed to fall after being beaten by unseeded Romanian Mihael Buzarnescu 6-3, 0-6, 6-3.

Practennis girls Isha Lakhani and Krushmi Chheda's run came to an abrupt end after both lost in straight sets. Top seed Chin-Wei Chan of Chinese Taipei breezed past Lakhani 6-0, 6-4, while fifth seed Natsumi Hamamura of Japan prevailed over Chheda 6-3, 6-3 in other second round ties.

Results: Singles (2nd round): Chi-Wei Chan (Tpe) bt Isha Lakhani (Ind) 6-0, 6-4; Shruti Dhawan (Ind) bt Thassha Vityaviroj (Thai) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2; Mihaela Buzarnescu (Rom) bt Petra Cetkovska (Czech) 6-3, 0-6, 6-3; Natsumi Hamamura (Jpn) bt Krushmi Chheda (Ind) 6-3, 6-3; Rushmi Chakravarthi (Ind) bt Wilawan Choptang (Thai) 7-6 (6), 6-2; Yurika Sema (Jpn) bt Pichittra Thongdach (Thai) 6-4, 6-0; Montinee Tangphong (Thai) bt Ivanna Israilova (Uzb) 6-3, 6-3; Punam Reddy (Ind) bt Kavita Krishnamurthy (Can) 6-3, 7-5.

Doubles (Quarter-finals): Chin-Wei Chan/Julia Vorobieva bt Nudnida Luangnam/Sagarika Phadke 6-0, 6-2; Rushmi Chakravarthi/Sai-Jayalakshmy Jayaram w/o Cassandra Barr/Adriana Szili; Sanaa Bhambri/Mihaela Buzarnescu bt Willawan Choptang/Shruti Dhawan 6-2, 3-6, 6-3; Natsumi Hamamura/Yurika Sema bt Julia Dziedzic/Pichittra Thongdach 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.