Mahak Jain of Indore has qualified for the International Tennis Federation’s $10,000 women’s tournament being played at Ciudad De La Raqueta club in Madrid.
Jain, the only Indian girl in the event, entered the main draw by clearing the round of 64, where she won her three matches. She defeated Tyra Calderwood of Australia 6-2, 6-2 in the round one, followed by a win against eighth-seeded Meritxell Perera Ros of Spain by 6-4, 6-3. In the final qualifying round, the 14-year-girl scored 6-3, 6-3 victory against Akiko Okuda of the US. The tournament is being played on clay courts.
Jain currently holds 98th rank in the world in the under-18 category and her victory has earned her place in WTA rankings too.
Praising Jain’s game, her coach Sajid Lodhi said she had worked hard on her backhand and improved a lot, even though she was working to improve her service, among other things.
Earlier, Jain emerged champion in the second edition of ‘Rendez-vous a Roland-Garros’ on red clay by defeating Humera Shaikh 6-2, 6-3 at the DLTA Complex in Delhi in February.