High Indian tennis participant Ankita Raina gained her third doubles title of the pandemic-hit 2020 season, clinching the Al Habtoor problem with Ekaterine Gorgodze. The unseeded Indo-Georgian pair gained 6-Four 3-6 10-6 in opposition to Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov from Spain and Slovakian Kaja Juvan within the closing of the USD 100,000 arduous courtroom occasion on Saturday.Ankita mentioned success on the singles circuit is unparalleled however a deep run in doubles draw shouldn’t be with out significance.
”The doubles has at all times helped me in singles. Taking part in nicely in doubles has at all times been adopted by good run in singles in my profession. You get to apply with good gamers, get to play and may work out a number of issues in matches,” Ankita informed PTI.
It was the fourth doubles closing of the season for Ankita however the largest trophy of the calender since her earlier two titles had been on the USD 25,000 degree.In February this yr, Ankita had made three finals, profitable back-to-back titles in Nonthaburi (Thailand) with Bibiane Schoofs and ending runners-up in Jodhpur with compatriot Snehal Mane.The 27-year-old mentioned returning to the circuit after a protracted break too was relieving.
”It’s actually good that I’m able to journey once more. I used to be doing a bit of coaching, each bodily and psychological at residence and it was totally different coming again to tour. Europe had already opened up and their gamers already had two months of match sharpness behind them.
“Many of the matches had been on clay at the moment and I had by no means performed so many back-to-back clay courtroom matches. It was a very good studying curve.”Over the past three months, Ankita additionally bought publicity of enjoying on the US circuit.
”I’ve largely performed on arduous courts and this time I bought to play so much within the US. Fortunately I had my coach Hemant Bendre’s good friend Shirish Deshpande to assist me out. He has been there for lengthy as a coach.
“It was good to have somebody watching your matches and giving suggestions.”