Ankita Raina out of WTA Chennai Open


Photo – R.Pugazh Murugan

Chennai : Russia’s Anastasia Gasanova pulled off the biggest upset of the 2022 WTA Chennai Open with a straight-sets win over top seed Alison Riske-Amritraj at the SDAT Tennis Stadium on Tuesday.Ranked No 147 in the world, Gasanova broke the 23rd-ranked American twice in the first set to win 6-2. In the second set, Riske-Amritraj broke in the first game to lead 1-0 but Gasanova broke back immediately and took the lead again to complete the 6-2, 6-3 win in one hour and 29 minutes. Gasanova will next meet Great Britain’s Katie Swan, who defeated Arianne Hartono 6-1, 6-2 on Court 1 while former French Open semi-finalist Nadia Podoroska advanced with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Kyoka Okamura on Court 2. There was disappointment for local fans as India’s No. 1 ranked player Ankita Raina went down in straight sets to fourth seed Tatjana Maria. The German, who reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon earlier this year, won 6-0, 6-1 in one hour and 16 minutes.
Second seed Varvara Gracheva and third seed Magda Linette scored straight-set wins in the final matches on Tuesday night. Gracheva needed one hour and 52 minutes to beat qualifier Mariia Tkacheva 6-3, 6-2 while Linette scored a 6-4, 6-0 win over Moyuka Uchijima.