Ankita Raina’s bid to qualify for a Grand Slam singles main draw fell once again, when she lost the final round of the Australian Open qualifying to Serbian Olga Danilovic on Wednesday. In the women’s singles qualifiers in Dubai, Ankita lost the third and final round 2-6 6-3 1-6 to her Serbian opponent in nearly two hours. Not being able to earn points on his first serve hurt Ankita. Ankita said her opponent came out with their best game.
“It was good tennis from us, top level from the first game. She was serving very well and she was able to earn some free points with her serve,” Ankita told PTI.
“In the second set I started to read his serves well and started to do better counter-returns which gave me an advantage early on in all points. At the start of the third set, she started to serve well again and gained a few quick points where she took a 3-0 lead. She was able to increase her speed in the shots and serve too. ”
Ankita said that despite a 1-5 drag in the decider, she “didn’t give up until the last point.”
“I still had the hope of being able to come back because I gave everything I had there. I am proud of the fighting spirit that I showed there today”, a- she added.
It was the Indian’s sixth attempt to qualify for competition at the Big Stage. However, Ankita is still hoping to make the main draw as organizers have decided to take on players, who lost in the final round in Melbourne for a ‘lucky’ entry in case there are any outs.
“They (the organizers) are taking me to Melbourne and given the COVID-19 situation, there could be withdrawals. I’m seventh in the queue. I’m still hopeful,” he said. she declared.
In case she doesn’t succeed, Sumit Nagal will be the only Indian competing in the singles event of the first Grand Slam of the season. Nagal received a wild card entry in the men’s singles event.
Ramkumar Ramanathan lost in the first round of the men’s singles, while Prajnesh Gunneswaran lost in the second round to Frenchman Constant Lestienne 2-6 3-6.
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