Ankita Raina shocks 5th seed; Saketh Myneni-Sanam Singh reach semifinals at Delhi Open

The Delhi Open saw Ankita Raina beat 229th-ranked Thai player Noppawan Lertcheewakaran in the women's event while Saketh Myneni and Sanam Singh remained on course for a second successive ATP Challenger title after progressing to the semifinals in the doubles event.

updated: February 20, 2014 22:35 IST
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New Delhi: Playing with a lot of 'self belief', India number one, Ankita Raina knocked out fifth seed Noppawan Lertcheewakaran in the women's event while men's top seed Aleksandr Nedovyesov fought off two match points against Yuichi Sugita to progress to the quarter-finals of the Delhi Open on Thursday.

Playing at the surface of her liking, Ankita came up with an aggressive game as she shocked the 229th-ranked Thai and former junior world number one 6-3 6-1 in one hour and 12 minutes to reach the quarters of the USD 25,000 ITF tournament at R K Khanna Tennis stadium.

Nedovyesov rallied to edge past Sugita 4-6 6-3 7-6(3) in two hours and 10 minutes in the second round of the USD 100,000 men's ATP Challenger event. Sugita messed up a 4-1 lead and two match points in the ninth game of the third set to be outplayed in the deciding tie-breaker of the final set.

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