It's never easy to play after an injury layoff. But to play without any practice proves more difficult. That's exactly the predicament second seed Prerna Bhambri found herself in during the $10000 ITF women's tournament at the DLTA complex.
Facing qualifier Sharon Sanchana Paul, the Delhi girl took almost two hours to win 7-5, 7-5 and move into the second round.
After a shoulder injury saw her concede her tie in a tournament about two weeks ago at the same venue, Bhambri came back strong on Monday. Appearing for the second year college examinations, she is busy playing and juggling studies at the same time.
"I had absolutely no practice because of the exams and injury. So maybe it was difficult to close out the match," she said after the win.
Her shoulder is getting better but the pain keeps coming back at times. "It should be fine soon," she informed.
There were no upsets on the first day of the tournament with third seed Rutuja Bhosale and sixth seed Pei-Chi Lee of Chinese Taipei advancing to the next round.
Natasha Palha, who had a surprise run to the summit clash in the last tournament, had an easy outing with a straight-sets win.