Isha wins in straight sets

Special Correspondent

GURGAON: Top-seeded Isha Lakhani defeated Shivika Burman 7-5, 6-2 in the first round of the $10,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament at the NTA Complex here on Tuesday.

After a tentative start, the 23-year-old Isha dominated the proceedings against the 18-year-old Shivika.

She would be challenged by the National Games champion Parul Goswami in the next round.

The Bhambri sisters, Ankita and Sanaa were more forceful in reaching the quarterfinals, as they dropped just four games each against Angelina Gabueva of Russia and Viet-Ha Ngo of Vietnam respectively.

Poojashree advances

Poojashree Venkatesh outplayed the seasoned Geeta Manohar without dropping a game and will meet the seventh-seeded Sung-Hee Han of Korea in the next round.

Wild card Prerna Bhambri was leading 4-6, 6-2, 3-2 when her opponent Vishakha Sheoran retired with a strained back. Prerna will have a good chance to gauge her progress against the fourth-seeded Rushmi Chakravarthi in the next round.

Parija Maloo asserted her growing stature with a 6-4, 6-1 triumph over Sonal Phadke.

The results:

Singles: First round: Isha Lakhani bt Shivika Burman 7-5, 6-2; Elina Gasanova (Rus) bt Sweta Kumari Solanki 6-2, 6-2; Ankita Bhambri bt Angelina Gabueva (Rus) 6-2, 6-2; Cassandra Chan (Aus) bt Shalini Sahoo 6-2, 6-4; Sanaa Bhambri bt Viet-Ha Ngo (Vie) 6-4, 6-0; Poojashree Venkatesh bt Geeta Manohar 6-0, 6-0; Prerna Bhambri bt Vishakha Sheoran 4-6, 6-2, 3-2 (retired); Parija Maloo bt Sonal Phadke 6-4, 6-1; Thuy-Dung Nguyen (Vie) bt Julia Moriarty (Aus) 6-2, 6-0.

Doubles: Pre-quarterfinals: Shivika Burman and Madura Ranganathan bt Rie Imai (Jpn) and Prerana Mythri 7-6(3), 3-6, 10-8: Sonal Phadke and Sagarika Phadke bt Mu-Ying Chen (Tpe) and He Chun Yan (Chn) 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 11-9; Parija Maloo and Poojashree Venkatesh bt Chu Chu and Chika Terasawa (Jpn) 7-5, 6-3.