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Chan to meet Miyazaki in Bidar Open final

Saturday - Oct 06, 2012, 11:21am (GMT+5.5)
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Bidar - Top seed Wing Yau Venise Chan set up a title clash against unseeded Yumi Miyazaki of Japan as the Indian Challenge ended at the Ashok Kheny $10,000 ITF Bidar Open women's futures tennis championship at the Police Training School courts here Friday.

Chan defeated Ankita Raina 6-3, 6-2 in a rain-hit match while Miyazaki beat Prarthana Thombare 6-4, 6-2.

Chan had the better of Ankita with her solid ground strokes and timely volleys.

Ankita dropped the first set after conceding breaks in the fifth, seventh and ninth games.

Then she slumped to a 1-4 deficit with Chan breaking her at regular intervals in the second set.

Ankita stopped Chan serving for the match in the 7th game with a break but the Hong Kong girl completed the formalities breaking Ankita again to wrap up the set and match.

In the second semifinal, Miyazaki showed grit and guile against big hitting Prarthana.

Prarthana had her chances but let them slip away as a determined Miyazaki made sure that she did not concede easy points despite the fact that she made as many as eight double faults. The Indian often hurried her strokes and paid the penalty.

In the first set Prarthana did well to break her rival in the first game but dropped her own serve in the fourth. Miyazaki wasted five break points in the sixth game as Prarthana was stretched to five deuces but the Japanese girl kept the pressure breaking Prarthana in the tenth game to seal the set.

Miyazaki maintained the momentum and outclassed Prarthana in the second set with breaks in the fourth, sixth and eighth games to seal the match.

Singles semifinal results:

Wing Yau Venise Chan (HKG) bt Ankita Raina (IND) 6-3, 6-2; Yumi Miyazaki (JPN) bt Prarthana Thombare (IND) 6-4, 6-2.

Doubles final result:

Rishika Sunkara (IND)/Oleksandra Korashvilli (UKR) bt Nungadda Wannasuk (THA)/Nan-Nan Zheng (CHN) 6-4, 7-5.


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