Curovic and Josephine qual­ify for semi­fi­nals

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

Ta­mara Curovic of Ser­bia and Josephine Boualem of France pre­vailed in their quar­ter-fi­nal en­coun­ters of the As­to­ria Women’s Fu­tures Ten­nis tour­na­ment played in the af­ter­noon ses­sion at the SLTA ten­nis courts in Green­path, Colombo to qual­ify to the semi-fi­nals.

How­ever fourth seeded Ta­mara un­der­went some anx­ious mo­ments against her In­dian op­po­nent Jen­nifer Luikham af­ter con­ced­ing the first be­fore cruis­ing through to a 2-1 vic­tory.

In con­trast Josephine the sec­ond seeded player and one of the con­tenders for the ti­tle had an easy pas­sage against an­other In­dian Nidhi Chi­u­mula whom he de­mol­ished 2-0.

Mean­while in the re­main­ing two sec­ond round sin­gles matches which was post­poned for two days due to bad weather which was played in the morn­ing ses­sion saw top seeded Riya Bha­tia of In­dia over­com­ing her com­pa­triot Ramya Natara­jan with a con­vinc­ing 2-0 win while Rushri Wi­je­sun­dara of USA got the bet­ter of In­dia’s Dhruthi Tat­achar Venu­gopal who re­tired mid­way dur­ing the sec­ond set was in progress.

The in­jury to Venu­gopal who was to part­ner Bhatua in the dou- bles quar­ter fi­nals saw In­dia be­ing forced to hand a walk over to the pair of Is­abelle Boulais Riya Bha­tia (In­dia) beat Ramya Natara­jan (In­dia) 2-0 (6/4, 6/2); Rushri Wi­je­sun­dara (USA) beat Dhruthi Tat­achar Venu­gopal (In­dia) 2-0 (6/3, 2/1rtd).

Quar­ter-fi­nals: Sin­gles:

Ta­mara Curovic (Ser­bia) beat Jen­nifer Luikham (In­dia) 2-1 (2/6, 6/4, 6/4); Josephine Boualem (France) beat Nidhi Chi­u­mula (Inda) 2-0 (7/6(5), 6/1).


Is­abelle Boulais (Canada)/YeXin Ma (China) re­ceived walk over from Riya Bha­tia/ Dhruthi Tat­achar Venu­gopal (In­dia). (Canada)/YeXin Ma (China). The two sin­gles quar­ter-fi­nals be­tween Alice Gil­lan (Great Bri­tain) and YeXin Ma (China) and Ria Bha­tia (In­dia) and Rushri Wi­je­sun­dara (USA) was in progress. The As­to­ria Women’s Fu­tures is con­ducted by the Sri Lanka Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion with the bless­ings of ITF. This is the first of the three tour­na­ments, which will be played over the week­ends at SLTA un­til Oc­to­ber 21.

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