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Women’s ITF | Winning return for Karman Kaur Thandi

All focus: Karman Kaur Thandi played with remarkable composure despite the fluctuating flow of the contest.

All focus: Karman Kaur Thandi played with remarkable composure despite the fluctuating flow of the contest.   | Photo Credit: Kamesh Srinivasan

There was a lot more punch to Karman’s serve and strokes, and she started well, but lost the first set

Karman Kaur Thandi made a winning return to the professional circuit as she patiently worked her way to a 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory over Zeynep Sonmez of Turkey in the first round of the $25,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament at the City Centre Tennis Complex on Wednesday.

Understandably rusty — she had not played a match since retiring in the qualifying round of the Miami event in March — Karman handled the match with remarkable composure despite the fluctuating flow of the contest.

There was a lot more punch to Karman’s serve and strokes, and she started well, but lost the first set.

Thereafter, however, she turned the match around in her favour with a high quality game. She took a 4-1 lead in the second set, but stayed cool to weather the storm when Zeynep equalised and had a chance to force the tie-break.

Karman accelerated well to clinch the second set and ran up a 5-0 lead before allowing a token game to her opponent in the decider.

The results (first round):

Jia-Jing Lu (Chn) bt Jennifer Luikham 6-2, 7-6(5), Vlada Katic (Isr) bt Dan Ni Wang (Chn) 7-5, 6-3; Silvia Njiric (Cro) bt Vaidehi Chaudhari 6-2, 6-2; Funa Kozaki (Jpn) bt Rutuja Bhosale 7-5, 6-3; Gergana Topalova (Bul) bt Valeriya Strakhova (Ukr) 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-0; Karman Kaur Thandi bt Zeynep Sonmez (Tur) 2-6, 7-5, 6-1; Melanie Klaffner (Aut) bt Zeel Desai 6-4, 6-0; Berfu Cengiz (Tur) bt Petia Arshinkova (Bul) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2; Sofia Shapatava (Geo) bt Sara Yadav 6-4, 6-0; Hiroko Kuwata (Jpn) bt Karin Kennel (Sui) 6-2, 6-4; Maria Timofeeva (Rus) bt Riya Bhatia 6-4, 6-2; Sowjanya Bavisetti bt Jacqueline Cabaj Awad (Swe) 6-3, 7-5; Diana Marcinkevica (Lat) bt Mahak Jain 6-2, 6-3.

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