MUMBAI OPEN

DNA (Delhi) - - SPORT - DNA Cor­re­spon­dent sports@dnain­dia.net

Mumbai: The two In­dian play­ers on show in early first round ac­tion made con­trast­ing ex­its in the L&T Mumbai Open WTA $125K Series, or­ga­nized by MSLTA and CCI and played at the CCI courts, here, on Wed­nes­day.

While wild card en­trant Kar­man Thandi lost an er­ror-prone game to top seed Chi­nese Zheng Sai­sai, 2-6, 4-6, qual­i­fier Pran­jala Yad­la­palli could not sus­tain her early dom­i­nance and went down to fifth seed Luk­sika Khumkhum of Thai­land 6-3, 5-7, 1-6.

There was an up­set in the first round, with fourth seed Olga Danilovic mak­ing her exit, los­ing to Danka Kovinic 6-4, 5-7, 0-6.

In sec­ond round ac­tion, last year’s run­ner-up and sec­ond seed Dalila Jakupovic of Slove­nia had an easy 6-4, 6-2 win over Shabina Sharipova (UZB). Qual­i­fier Pran­jala raised good cheer among the par­ti­san crowd as she dom­i­nated the first set and raced to a 5-2 lead in the sec­ond against the fifth seed from Thai­land Lusika Khum Khum.

How­ever, while serv­ing for the match at 5-3, the 19-year-old fal­tered and though she saved six break points, could not es­cape the break of serve.

Lusika’s game was sud­denly on a high as Pran­jala’s shoul­ders drooped and an easy hold for 5-5 and an­other break saw Khum Khum serv­ing for the set, which she held with ease to take the match into the de­cider. Pran­jala was clearly out of steam in the de­cider and went down tamely at 1-6.

Ear­lier, Kar­man, af­ter a pos­i­tive start, went into selfdestruct mode as a slew of er­rors saw her lose 10 games in a row and she was star­ing at de­feat, 2-6 and 0-4 down.

“I missed a cou­ple of short balls and chances to fin­ish the point in the first set. I was get­ting bet­ter in the sec­ond set but it was too late,” said Kar­man. “I couldn’t find my mo­men­tum and I also need to work on my fit­ness,” she added.

—SAL­MAN AN­SARI/DNA

In­dia’s Kar­man Kaur Thandi re­turns dur­ing her loss to China’s Zheng Sai­sai dur­ing the Mumbai Open at the Cricket Club of In­dia in Mumbai on Wed­nes­day

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