Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Isha Lakhani stopped a fighting Tara Iyer in her stride with a 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) victory in the pre-quarterfinals of the $10,000 ITF women's tennis tournament at the DLTA Complex here on Wednesday. Isha will next meet Parul Goswami, as the eighth seed recovered from a similar slow start to outwit Liza Pereira.

Shalini outplays Wei

Qualifier Shalini Sahoo played patiently and hit her flat shots to telling effect in outplaying Wei-Ping Lee of Singapore in an energy-sapping climax. Lee had beaten the fourth-seeded Sanaa Bhambri earlier but could not sustain her effort against an unranked opponent.

Rushmi Chakravarthi was in irrepressible form as she outclassed the free-stroking Pichittra Thongdach of Thailand, and will be challenged by Sandy Gumulya of Indonesia. Megha Vakaria recovered from 0-3 to overwhelm Lu Jing-Jing of China and will challenge the top-seeded Ankita Bhambri in the quarterfinals.

The results: Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Ankita Bhambri bt Oormila Ram 6-1, 6-0; Megha Vakaria bt Lu Jing-Jing (Chn) 6-3, 6-1; Rushmi Chakravarthi bt Pichittra Thongdach (Tha) 6-3, 6-3; Sandy Gumulya (Ina) bt Po-Kuen Lam (Hkg) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1; Chun-Mei Ji (Chn) bt Archana Venkataraman 6-3, 6-1; Shlaini Sahoo bt Wei-Ping Lee (Sin) 5-7, 6-2, 6-1; Parul Goswami bt Liza Pereira 2-6, 6-2, 6-3; Isha Lakhani bt Tara Iyer 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3).

Doubles (quarterfinals): Pichittra Thongdach (Tha) and Isha Lakhani bt Ankita Bhambri and Sanaa Bhambri 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-2; Sandy Gumulya and Lavinia Tananta (Ina) bt Po-Kuen Lam (Hkg) and Sagarika Phadke 6-3, 6-1; Ji Chun-Mei and Ren Jing (Chn) bt Krushmi Chheda and Parul Goswami 6-3, 6-2; Rushmi Chakravarthi and Megha Vakaria bt Vishika Chhetri and Sandri Gangothri 6-1, 6-1.

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