SPORT

Poojashree loses

Poojashree Venkatesh went down fighting 6-4, 4-6, 1-6 to qualifier Yuka Higuchi of Japan in the first round of the $25,000 ITF women's tennis tournament in Balikpapan, Indonesia.

Two other Indians, Rushmi Chakravarthi and Sheethal Goutham also lost in the first round.

Rushmi lost 2-6, 3-6 to Lailli Rahmawati Ulfa of Indonesia while Sheethal lost 2-6, 2-6 to Cynthia Melita, another local player.

In doubles, Rushmi and Poojashree lost in the first round 4-6, 4-6 to Nudnida Luangnam and Peangthan Pliphuech of Thailand.

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