Brilliant Ankita Raina storms past Eri Hozumi to reach last 8

The Indian no.1 Ankita Raina put on a clinical display from start to finish, flawless in nearly every area to reach the last eight in Women’s Tennis singles with 6-1, 6-2 scoreline at the ongoing 2018 Asian Games.

The 25-year-old Indian will now meet Hong Kong’s Eudice Chong on Wednesday.

With such a big opportunity in front of them to reach a Asian Games semifinal, both players were shaky on serve to begin the match, each fighting off break points in their opening service games.

It was Rain who set up 0-40 on Hozumi ‘s serve with some powerful winners off of the ground and she duly took it for a 2-1 lead, drilling a backhand crosscourt past a helpless Hozumi.

Both players settled down on serve, but it was the Indian no.1 who was on the offensive, dictating play from the baseline and approaching the net at just the right time.

With a chance to all but put the set away, the Indian hammered another backhand down the line on break point for a 6-2 lead, seemingly hitting winners with ease.

Ankita’s first and only blip in the match came next as Hozumi broke and then held to reduce the deficit to 3-2, but given a second chance to serve for the set, Raina made no mistake, holding to 30 to grab the lead.

There’s nothing Ankita Raina can’t do on a tennis court and she showed it today. Dictating play throughout, she, showed her skills at net, winning almost half of the points when coming forward, possesses a terrific serve, winning 66% of her first serves and opportunistic in her chances, converting five of nine break points.

Add in that she is a fine mover and athletic and the result should not come as much of a surprise to those who saw it. If she plays to this level the remainder of the tournament, she will be holding the trophy come days.

 

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