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Ankita Raina records her biggest win at Tashkent Open

Ankita Raina records her biggest win at Tashkent Open
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Indian tennis player Ankita Raina recorded her biggest win of the season by knocking out the second seed and world number 143 Ekaterina Alexandrova to be one win away from qualifying for the main draw of the USD 250,000 WTA Tashkent Open here.

Tashkent: Indian tennis player Ankita Raina recorded her biggest win of the season by knocking out the second seed and world number 143 Ekaterina Alexandrova to be one win away from qualifying for the main draw of the USD 250,000 WTA Tashkent Open here.

The unseeded Indian, world number 293, was routed in the opening set but came back strongly yesterday to upset the Russian 1-6 6-0 6-3 in the first round of the Qualifiers.

She next faces another higher-ranked opponent in Turkish Ipek Soylu, the world number 172.

It's Ankita's third attempt to make the make draw of this season as she fell in second qualifying rounds of Dalian and Stuttgart events.

"It took me a while to settle in the match. These are different conditions than China and also I traveled two days to get here. Just arrived yesterday evening," Ankita told PTI.

Asked how she turned it around, Ankita, who trains with Hemant Bendre when in India, responded, "She was on point with her stroking in the first set and then later when I started getting more balls by being more aggressive, she started making mistakes and got very nervous and tight. I could see from her body language and that time I tried to be more positive and used it to my advantage."

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