India’s Ankita Raina on Friday claimed her maiden WTA title by lifting the Phillip Island Trophy together with Russian associate Kamilla Rakhimova, a feat which can catapult her into the top-100 within the doubles for the primary time in her profession.
Ankita and Kamilla erased a one-set deficit to beat the Russian mixture of Anna Blinkova and Anastasia Potapova 2-6 6-4 10-7 within the summit conflict right here.
The 28-year-old Indian shared the USD 8000 prize cash together with her associate and earned 280 rating factors, which can take her to 94 from the present 115 when the WTA doubles chart is up to date subsequent week.
Ankita will grow to be solely the second participant to crack the doubles top-100 since Sania Mirza, who’s a six-time Grand Slam champion.
The previous two weeks have been extraordinarily memorable for the gritty Indian, who made her Grand Slam debut on the Australian Open within the doubles, and likewise received a spherical in the primary draw of a WTA singles match.
Elated at her efficiency and the end result, Ankita says the singles top-100 can be simply across the nook.
“It has been an important week. Kamilla and I performed collectively for the primary time. We signed up simply 20 minutes earlier than the draw as a result of there was lots of confusion with the entry checklist.
“Kamilla performs very aggressive, has good strokes and I simply needed to ask her to be aggressive on the internet, which she did,” Ankita advised PTI.
“It was not that draw was simple, we beat some good gamers who have been robust not solely in doubles however in singles, too. Kamilla has nice preventing spirit. It is nice… first WTA titles and doubles top-100, too. I’m wanting ahead to crack singles top-100,” she added.
“We have been 7-9 down by two match factors within the semis. I had some nice volleys. I used to be engaged on that and after I may try this (execute) in match nothing is extra thrilling.”
Indian tennis gamers have all the time struggled to get funds and sufficient help to outlive on the demanding tour however Ankita didn’t make any such grievance. As a substitute, she thanked all who supported her.
Additionally, at 5 ft and 4 inches, she doesn’t have a body to counter the taller and stronger rivals. Nonetheless, Ankita insisted that, too, isn’t a difficulty for her.
“I do not suppose my top is a matter for Indian females. It is common, after all on the worldwide circuit there are gamers with larger physique however then there are additionally who’re leaner or shorter than me.
“So I really feel one simply must work on their strengths and have a recreation accordingly.
“So far as infrastructure and all is anxious, in Ahmedabad the place I began enjoying tennis, there have been tennis courts, tennis academy proper behind my home and if it wasn’t there then it will be a unique story and I won’t be right here.
“However since I began enjoying there’s been lots of growth by way of sports activities and tennis and it is a lot larger now in India.
“After all it may be higher and I am very positive with extra gamers it’s going to come up extra. Additionally throughout my transition interval from juniors to girls’s, I bear in mind there have been lots of ITFs which I participated in India and did effectively, which helped me to begin my Professional profession.
“So far as teaching is anxious I’ve all the time been teaching in India, began in India and nonetheless coaching right here so I would not agree (complain) with that half,” she stated.
Ankita will compete in Adelaide Worldwide, beginning subsequent week.
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