Ankita Raina’s bid to qualify for a Grand Slam singles fundamental draw failed but once more, when she misplaced the ultimate spherical of the Australian Open qualifying occasion to Serbian Olga Danilovic on Wednesday. Within the girls’s singles qualifiers being held in Dubai, Ankita misplaced the third and last spherical 2-6 6-3 1-6 to her Serbian opponent in nearly two hours. Not having the ability to win factors on her first serve damage Ankita. Ankita mentioned her opponent got here out together with her finest sport.
“It was good tennis from each of us, high degree from the primary sport. She was serving very properly and he or she was capable of win free factors together with her serve,” Ankita informed PTI.
“Within the second set I began studying her serves properly and I began making higher counter returns which gave me a bonus at first of all of the factors. To start with of third set she once more began serving properly and gained couple of fast factors the place she acquired a 3-0 lead. She was capable of improve her pace within the strokes and function properly.”
Ankita mentioned regardless of trailing 1-5 within the decider, she “did not quit until the final level.”
“I nonetheless had hope that I may come again as a result of I gave every part I had on the market. I’m pleased with the preventing spirit I confirmed on the market immediately,” she added.
It was the Indian’s sixth try and qualify for a contest on the grand stage. Nevertheless, Ankita continues to be hoping to make the principle draw because the organisers have determined to take gamers, who misplaced within the last spherical to Melbourne for ‘fortunate loser’ entry in case there are withdrawals.
“They (organisers) are taking me to Melbourne and contemplating the COVID-19 scenario, there could possibly be withdrawals. I’m seventh within the queue. I’m nonetheless hopeful,” she mentioned.
In case she doesn’t make it, Sumit Nagal would be the solely Indian to compete within the singles occasion of the primary Grand Slam of the season. Nagal has been awarded a wild card entry into the boys’s singles occasion.
Ramkumar Ramanathan had misplaced within the first spherical of the boys’s singles occasion, whereas Prajnesh Gunneswaran misplaced within the second spherical to French participant Fixed Lestienne 2-6 3-6.