Chaudhari Lone Indian To Qualify For KPB Trust ITF Women’s Open Main Draw

Vaidehi Chaudhari (photo: Deepthi Indukuri/KSLTA)

BENGALURU, January 15, 2024 (Press Release)

Vaidehi Chaudhari was the lone Indian to qualify for the main draw in the KPB Trust ITF Women’s Open that begins at the KSLTA Stadium here on Tuesday. The 23-year-old scored an upset win over 5th seed Thasaporn Naklo of Thailand in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 in just 56 minutes in the final qualifying round, after which, eight of them earned a spot in the main draw. In the other upset of the day, 12th seed Mei Yamaguchi of Japan ousted the top seed Diana Marcinkevica of Latvia 1-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Meanwhile Ankita Raina is seeded No. 8 for the singles main draw of 32 that includes five Indians in all along with four wildcards – Soha Sadiq, Rutuja Bhosale, Sahaja Yamlapalli, and Suhita Maruri. Latvian Darja Semenistaja has been given the top billing of the ITF World Tennis Tour W50 event while Chloe Paquet of France is seeded second. Ekaterina Makarova and Moyuka Uchijima of Japan have been seeded third and fourth respectively while Polina Kudermetova is seeded fifth. Frenchwoman Carole Monnet is seeded No. 6 while Sofya Lansere is No. 7.

Results: Final Qualifying Round

12-Mei Yamaguchi (JPN) bt 1-Diana Marcinkevica (LAT) 1-6, 6-2, 6-2; 8-Saki Imamura (JPN) Vs. 10-Viktoria Morvayova (SVK); 4-Tina Nadine Smith (AUS) bt 13-Shrivalli Rashmikaa Bhamidipaty 6-2, 7-5; 7-Naho Sato (JPN) bt 16-Punnin Kovapitukted (THA) 6-2, 6-2; 9-Lena Papadakis (GER) bt 3-Rina Saigo (JPN) 6-4, 6-1; 6-Eri Shimizu (JPN) bt 15-Mana Kawamura (JPN) 6-4, 6-0; 11-Vaidehi Chaudhari bt 5-Thasaporn Naklo (THA) 6-2, 6-2; 2-Anna Siskova bt 14-Zeel Desai 6-1, 6-2.