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Tennis star Ankita Raina draws on the positives despite loss at Habtoor Challenge


Arhama AltafWeb Editor

08th Dec, 2020. 11:05 pm
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Top Indian Tennis star Ankita Raina feels she is on the right track despite her opening round loss at the 23rd Al Habtoor Tennis Challenge.

Ankita Raina has been ranked No.180 on the the WTA after Raina did well to take the opening set But, the Indian made far too many unforced errors as the match progressed to go down 6-1, 2-6, 2-6 in more than two hours against her 24-year-old opponent from the Czech Republic.

“I’ve learnt a lot from this match. She’s a good player and to come so close against such players is always going to be a confidence-booster for players like me – who don’t get that many opportunities against the big names,” Raina told.

“I had my chances of winning in two sets, but perhaps the lack of match practice didn’t help as well and I made too many unforced errors. Even though I lost, I know I’m not too far from my best game. I am on the right track for sure,” she added.

Moreover, currently India’s No. 1 in both women’s singles (since 2013) and doubles (since 2019), Raina was one of the stars who helped her country advance to one of the two Fed Cup spots on offer when the competition was held at the Dubai Tennis Stadium this year.

After spending much of her time indoors, Raina had made a comeback on the Tour after lockdown restrictions were eased down in September.

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