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Indian girls book berth in World Junior tennis finals

delhi Updated: Apr 28, 2007 05:57 IST

Indian under-14 girls team qualifies for the finals of World Junior tennis competition after beating Uzbekistan 3-0 in the quarterfinal tie of the Asia/Oceania qualifying zone in the Capital on Friday.

The finals will be played in Czech Republic in August this year. The last time India had qualified for the finals was in 2005 and finished 10th among 16 teams.

Rishika Sunkara gave India 1-0 lead, edging past Alisa Ogrodova 6-2, 7-5 in the first singles of the morning.

Rishika capitalised on unending unforced errors of Alisa, who succumbed to her over-aggression. Alisa's powerful but uncontrolled shots scripted her defeat.

Rishika broke Alisa in the fifth and seventh games of the first set and went on to win four games in a row after she was levelled 2-2.

Alisa started well in the second set by breaking Rishika in the second game to take a 3-0 lead but squandered the opportunity to take the match to the third set. Her erratic play allowed Rishika first to draw parity and then clinch the set to seal the tie.

The number one player of Indian team Aishwarya Agrawal faced little resistance from Karolina Chernaya in the second singles match before she registered a 6-3, 6-1 victory.