CCI-ITF: Indian challenge ends in singles

Mumbai: The tepid Indian challenge in singles event at the USD 10,000 CCI-ITF women`s tennis circuit came to an end on Wednesday with the elimination of Nidhi Chilumula and Rishika Sunkara in the second round here.

After the exit of six home country participants on Tuesday in round one, Nidhi and Rishika carried India`s hopes in the tournament but crashed out by losing in straight sets to their round two opponents at the Cricket Club of India`s courts.

Nidhi failed to win a single game against top seed Keren Shlomo, who had got past another Indian Kyra Shroff in three sets on Tuesday, while Rishika was beaten 6-2, 6-2 by unseeded Serbian Tamara Curovic.

Thailand`s Nungnadda Wannasuk, world ranked 598, caused the biggest upset of the day when she packed off third seed Agnese Zucchini of Italy, ranked 409, 6-3, 6-1 to enter the quarter finals.

Her compatriot Varunya Wongteanchai also produced a solid performance to show the exit door to Turkey`s fourth seed Melis Sezer.

The Thai player, who came through the qualifying rounds, dropped the opening set but bounced back nicely to take the subsequent sets to complete a deserving 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory.

Another Thai player to make to the last eight was fifth seed Peangtarn Plipuech, who defeated unseeded Chinese Zi Yang in three sets in another second round encounter.