Ankita Raina crashes out of US Open qualifier

Ankita Raina crashed out of the US Open qualifiers.
Ankita Raina crashed out of the US Open qualifiers.

India’s Ankita Raina was denied an entry into the US Open Main Draw, as she lost her qualifying round game on Tuesday despite winning the first set. The 193rd ranked Ankita went down to the local girl Jamie Loeb, who was a ranked one place behind her.

Raina lost to the American girl 3-6 6-2 4-6 in a nearly two hours opening round contest at the Flushing Meadows.

India’s Ankita Raina saved a match point in the decisive set but eventually bowed out of the US Open women’s singles qualifiers following a three-set defeat against American Jamie Loeb, in New York on Tuesday.

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Ankita had established an early lead winning the first set 6-3. But she lost the momentum, allowing the next two sets slip away from her 2-6, 4-6. The marathon battle at the Flushing Meadows lasted close to two hours.

In the decisive set, Ankita dropped her serve in the eighth game but got the break back in the next. However, she again slipped 15-40 to be down by two match points. She managed to save one but the American ended the contest by converting her second chance. Among other Indians in fray, Sumit Nagal will be up against Argentina’s Juan Pablo Ficovich on Tuesday.

Also featuring in the men’s singles qualifying draw are Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Ramkumar Ramanathan. Prajnesh is up against Canadian Brayden Schnur, while Ramkumar is set to clash with Russian Evgeny Donskoy.

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