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Ankita-Prarthana combine in last eight

Storm Sanders was Australia’s hero after she won the first singles rubber before returning for the deciding doubles match alongside 38-year-old Samantha Stosur.

Getting through: Ankita and Prarthana rallied to make the quarterfinals.
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The Indian pair of Ankita Raina and Prarthana Thombare defeated Sharmada Balu and Sarah Rebecca Sekulic (Germany) 5-7, 6-3, 10-6 to enter the doubles quarterfinals of the KPB Trust ITF Women’s Open tennis tournament at the KSLTA Stadium here on Tuesday.

The third seeded Indo-Swedish pair of Rutuja Bhosale and Jacqueline Awad also advanced to the last eight after defeating Ji Hee Choi (South Korea) and Lee Ya-Hsuan (Taipei) 6-4, 6-2.

In the singles opening round, Japan’s Ikumi Yamazaki stunned third-seed Sakura Hosogi 5-7, 3-6. Sharmada, a wild card entrant, lost to No. 8 seed Eden Silva of Britain 2-6, 4-6.

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