It was going to be a tough battle and Rutuja Bhosale knew it.
The wild card entrant fought tooth and nail against Austrian Patricia Haas under the sun on Wednesday to enter the quarterfinals of the $10000 ITF Women's tournament at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA).
The 15-year-old bespeckled girl from Pune won 6-4, 7-6(4) to set up a last-eight date with eighth-seeded Prerna Bhambri.
Bhambri, on the other hand, had a pretty easy outing against Korea's Jung-Yoon Shin as she won 6-3, 6-4. Barring a few unforced errors, Bhambri blew her opponent away with precise forehand winners.
It was however, the end of the road for Rishika Sunkara. She was shown the door by Belgium's Desiree Bastianon 4-6, 7-5, 0-6.
Top seed Keren Shlomo of Israel was served a bagel in the first set but came back strong to win the next two against Ju-Eun Kim of Korea. Shlomo won 0-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Last week's winner Zhaoxuan Yang continued her fine run as she blew away India's Garima Vatwani 6-2, 6-0 to make the quarters.