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ITF Women’s World Tennis Tour: Rashmikaa Bhamidipaty Claims Maiden Title With Win Over Zeel Desai

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Rashmikaa won 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 in the title clash to walk away with a winner’s cheque of USD 3935 and 50 WTA points, while Desai bagged USD 2107 and 30 WTA points.

Reigning national champion Rashmikaa Bhamidipaty clinched her maiden ITF title, beating a valiant Zeel Desai in an all-Indian final of the Women’s World Tennis Tour on Sunday.

Rashmikaa won 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 in the title clash to walk away with a winner’s cheque of USD 3935 and 50 WTA points. Desai bagged USD 2107 and 30 WTA points.

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Rashmikaa took advantage of an error-prone Desai to gain a break in the second game of the first set and from that point the 27-year-old did not give a semblance of a chance to her opponent, grabbing it 6-0.

However, Desai broke her opponent’s serve in the very first game of the second set.

But Rashmika made a break and service-hold in the fourth and fifth games to take a 3-2 lead.

Desai again came back into the set winning three games on the trot to go 5-3 up before winning the set 6-4.

Desai found herself down 0-3 in the deciding set after struggling with her serve in windy conditions.

Rashmikaa also used her strong forehand to good effect and played some brilliant cross-court shots which Desai didn’t have any answer.

”It is still not sunk in. I knew Zeel was a good player and I was prepared for a 3-setter.

”But losing the second set, I thought of giving it all to win the trophy and that is what I did,” said Rashmikaa.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)

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