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Ramkumar, Ankita make winning start; Karman exits from Australian Open qualifiers

Press Trust of India  |  Melbourne 

India's Ramkumar and recorded straight sets victories to make a promising start at qualifiers but Karman Kaur went down fighting in the first round here on Tuesday.

Seeded 21st, Ramkumar knocked out Spain's 6-3 6-2 in his men's singles opening round.

"It was a very close match. We played a very long game at 2-2 on my serve, I held. He also held his own but after the new balls came in I broke him. I served well and that helped. At big moments also, my serves came out well," explained Ramkumar.

Prajnesh Gunneswaran will open his campaign against Croatia's on Wednesday.

Appearing in her third Grand Slam Qualifiers, Ankita (ranked 205) got the better of Myrtille Georges (ranked 238) from 6-2 6-2 in her opening round.

"I have been working on my serve for the last six months and today I got some dividends from it. My first serve percentage was high and got me many points but most satisfying was winning points on my second serve. Usually that used to be low," Ankita told

"Also, today, I hit a lot of winners but should control the number of unforced errors," she added.

Ankita next faces Spain's Paula Badosa Gibert, ranked 140.

Competing at her maiden Grand Slam, Karman made a nervy start but in the second set put up a good fight against world number 115 and 16th seed before losing 0-6 5-7.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 11:10 IST
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