CHANDIGARH : Karman Kaur Thandi is keeping the Indian hopes alive in the singles as she moved into the semi-final after disposing of the challenge of third seed Shweta Rana in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 in the quarter-finals of the $ 10,000 ITF Women’s Tennis Tournament at the DLTA Complex in New Delhi today.
Winning 71 per cent of break points (five out of seven), Karman Kaur outplayed Shweta Rana who earned only one breakpoint out of four. Shweta Rana also struggled with her serve as she committed five double faults while her rival committed three double faults.
Karman Kaur fired five aces and Shweta has non to her credit. Karman earned 61 total number of points in reply to 41 by Shweta Rana.
Katherine IP of Hong Kong was in brilliant form after losing the first set at 4-6 to Vaniya Dangwal of India. Katherine starting hitting fluently and won the next two sets by 6-2, 6-0.
Japanese Kanami Tsuji outpointed Sai Samhitha Chamarthi of India in straight sets 6-1 6-3 as she advanced to the semi-final round. Korean Dabin Kim completed the semi-final line-up as she ousted Simran Kaur Sethi of India in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.
Fourth seeded pair of Rutuja Bhosale of India and Dabin Kim of Korea will challenge second seeded Nidhi Chilumula of India and Sung-Hee Han of Korea in the doubles final.
In semi-final fixtures, Rutuja Bhosale and Dabin Kim defeated Indian pair of Rushmi Chakravarthi and Natasha Palha (IND) 6-1 6-4, while Nidhi Chilumula and Sung-Hee Han snuffed out the challenge of third seeded Indian duo of Sai Samhitha Chamarthi and Eetee Maheta 6-4 6-4.
Singles (q-finals): Katherine IP (HKG)  bt Vaniya Dangwal (IND) 4-6 6-2 6-0, Kanami Tsuji (JPN) bt Sai Samhitha Chamarthi (IND) 6-1 6-3, Karman Kaur Thandi (IND) bt Shweta Rana (IND)  6-3 6-1, Dabin Kim (KOR) bt Simran Kaur Sethi (IND) 6-4 6-3.