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WTA: Ankita-Karman duo clinch trophy

Moment to cherish: The unseeded pair Ankita Raina and Karman Kaur Thandi blitzed the field to win the title.

Moment to cherish: The unseeded pair Ankita Raina and Karman Kaur Thandi blitzed the field to win the title.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

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Bags title in the $125,000 WTA event

Ankita Raina and Karman Kaur Thandi combined well to clinch the trophy in the $125,000 WTA event on Sunday. The unseeded pair was level 6-3, 5-7 against fourth seeds Olga Doroshina and Natela Dzalamidze of Russia in the final when the latter retired following an injury.

This was the best performance by an Indian women’s combination this season, and the effort was worth 160 WTA points and $5,500. Prarthana Thombare and Thailand’s Luksika Kumkhum had earlies this year won the $100,000 doubles title in Manchester.

Icing on the cake

Ankita was thrilled about the triumph. “I am very happy to win my first WTA title. I have been telling coach Hemant (Bendrey) that I would win a WTA title this year. It is a surprise it has come in doubles,” said Ankita from Taipei City.

“I am glad my wish has come true. To top that, it is a good feeling to win the title with an Indian partner. It makes a big difference when you can communicate with your partner in the same language,” said Ankita.

While Ankita has won 14 doubles titles, including two in the $60,000 events apart from seven singles titles, Karman has won a singles title this year apart from four doubles crowns.

The 25-year-old Ankita was all praise for the 20-year-old Karman. “Karman, as we all know, has the game — big serve and big strokes. We combined well,” said Ankita.

The result:

$125,000 WTA, Taipei City: Doubles (final): Ankita Raina & Karman Kaur Thandi bt Olga Doroshina & Natela Dzalamidze (Rus) 6-3, 5-7 retd.

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