Ankita wins maiden USD 25,000 ITF singles title…


India’s Ankita Raina overwhelmed British teenager Katy Dunne in straight sets in a one-sided final to lift her maiden $25,000 ITF singles title at the Deccan Gymkhana in Pune on Saturday.

The 21-year-old Ahmedabad-born player, who trains in this city, hardly broke a sweat while romping to a 6-2 6-2 victory over her 19-year-old British rival in the NECC-ITF women’s tournament.

This was the India no.1 woman singles player’s maiden $25,000 title and the 294-ranked Ankita expressed her delight over becoming the first from the host nation to clinch a title in the tournament after 14 years.

“I am happy to win in Pune and become the first Indian to win after 14 years here. It just proves that Indian players can do it,” said fourth seed Ankita who had won three $10,000 singles titles last year, but none this year prior to today’s win in a higher-category event.

Ankita, who earned 50 WTA points besides pocketing the winner’s prize money of $3,919 (around Rs 2.45 lakh), broke her rival’s serve five times in two sets while dropping her own only once in the title clash.

Though the British teenager, the sixth seed, served two aces, she also committed five double faults while striving harder.

“I’m happy to end the year on a happy note. Finally it’s the end of the year,” Ankita said.

“This year my aim was to reach 200 and hopefully I will break into 260. I want to improve my rankings and play more WTA events next year,” she added.

Dunne received $ 2,091 and 30 points for finishing runner-up in singles.

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