ITF USD 25000 event: Karman Kaur Thandi trounces Xinyu Gao to storm into final, eyes maiden singles title

Updated On : 15 Jul , 2017 , 01:47 PM
Karman Kaur Thandi - File photo
Karman Kaur Thandi - File photo
New Delhi:

Rising Indian tennis player Karman Kaur Thandi came closer to winning her maiden ITF singles title when she stormed into the finals of the USD 25000 ITF event in Niman, China by defeating fifth seed Xinyu Gao 6-1 6-1 in the semis on Thursday.

The unseeded Indian stormed past her Chinese opponent in a matter of 68 minutes to reach her third singles final and first at this level. Twice she has reached the singles finals but those were USD 10,000 events in Hua Hin (October 1026) and Indore (December 2015).

She has won three ITF doubles titles so far. The 19-year-old broke her rival five times in the match and saved the only break point she faced. Karman said the scoreline suggests an easy win but the reality was different.

"It was not easy, she's ranked 210. I was very focused and calm on the court since I knew it won't be easy. I knew I can't get loose on any point and have to keep intensity high and fight every point," Karman, a Delhi University student, told PTI after her match.

Further elaborating on the match, the 413th ranked player said, "I served well and was dominating the match. I didn't give her any chance to dominate. Even on her serve my returns were good and deep."

She will now battle it out with China's Jing Jing Lu, who ended the run of Japan's Miyabi Inoue 6-4 6-4 in a tight semifinal. 
New Delhi, Jul 15 (PTI) Karman Kaur Thandi earned herself an opportunity to win her maiden ITF singles title by breezing into the final of the USD 25000 ITF event in Niman, China.

The unseeded Indian stormed past fifth seed Xinyu Gao 6-1 6-1 in a matter of 68 minutes to reach her third singles final and first at this level. Twice she has reached the singles finals but those were USD 10,000 events in Hua Hin (October 1026) and Indore (December 2015).

She has won three ITF doubles titles so far. The 19-year-old broke her rival five times in the match and saved the only break point she faced.
Karman said the scoreline suggests an easy win but the reality was different.

"It was not easy, she's ranked 210. I was very focussed and calm on the court sinceI knew it won't be easy. I knew I can't get loose on any point and have to keep intensity high and fight every point," Karman, a Delhi University student, told PTI after her match.

Further elaborating on the match, the 413th ranked player said, "I served well and was dominating the match. I didn't give her any chance to dominate. Even on her serve my returns were good and deep."

She will now battle it out with China's Jing Jing Lu, who ended the run of Japan's Miyabi Inoue 6-4 6-4 in a tight semifinal. 

First Published : Saturday, July 15, 2017 01:38 PM

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