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India´s top player Ankita Raina scores breakthrough win at WTA Nan Chang event

India´s top player Ankita Raina scores breakthrough win at WTA Nan Chang event

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by Prakash

Tennis - 21-year-old Ankita Raina, the highest ranked Indian on the WTA Tour, scored one of her biggest wins on Tuesday at the WTA $125K Challenger event in Nan Chang, China.

Raina, who usually competes on the ITF $25K and ITF $50K level, won her first match at the WTA $125K level, beating qualifier Junri Namigata 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. Raina is currently ranked in the 280s in the world and her win will move her closer towards the top 250.

if Raina can inch towards the top 200 by the end of the year, she will earn her way into the Australian Open qualifying draw. Meanwhile, top seed Peng Shuai scored a 6-1, 6-3 win over Han Xinyun while second seeded Jie Zheng, a two-time Grand Slam semi-finalist, went down to world no.

422 Liu Fangzhou. Zheng lost the first set 6-7, and was down 0-2 in the second set when she retired due to a blister on her foot. (Click here to read about Peng's doubles success) Fifth-seeded Mandy Minella and eighth-seeded Yuliya Beygelzimer also lost in the first round.

Tuesday Singles - First round results - Fangzhou Liu (CHN) d [2] [WC] Jie Zheng (CHN) | 7 - 6 (5) | 2 - 0 retd.
[1] [WC] Shuai Peng (CHN) d Xinyun Han (CHN) | 6 - 1 | 6 - 3
Ling Zhang (HKG) d [8] Yuliya Beygelzimer (UKR) | 7 - 5 | 6 - 2
Marina Melnikova (RUS) d Gioia Barbieri (ITA) | 6 - 2 | 4 - 6 | 7 - 5
[WC] Yafan Wang (CHN) d [L] Zi Yang (CHN) | 6 - 3 | 6 - 1
Tereza Mrdeza (CRO) d [5] Mandy Minella (LUX) | 7 - 6 (8) | 6 - 1
[6] Saisai Zheng (CHN) d Michaela Honcova (SVK) | 2 - 6 | 6 - 1 | 6 - 3
Yi-Fan Xu (CHN) d [Q] Kai-Lin Zhang (CHN) | 6 - 2 | 6 - 2
[3] Misaki Doi (JPN) d Dalila Jakupovic (SLO) | 6 - 3 | 7 - 6 (4)
Ankita Raina (IND) d [Q] Junri Namigata (JPN) | 6 - 4 | 2 - 6 | 6 - 2 Tuesday Doubles - First round results -
C Liang / L Zhu (CHN/CHN) d M Miyamura / M Tanaka (JPN/JPN) | 7 - 5 | 6 - 2
I Kremen / N Lertcheewakarn (BLR/THA) d Z Sun / S Xu (CHN/CHN) | 5 - 7 | 6 - 2 | 10 - 6 .

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