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Chennai Open LIVE: Ankita Raina faces fourth seed Tatjana Maria in Chennai Open first round


Chennai Open LIVE: After India’s Karman Thandi advanced to the second round at the Chennai Open, all eyes are now on India’s…

Chennai Open LIVE: After India’s Karman Thandi advanced to the second round at the Chennai Open, all eyes are now on India’s No.1 Ankita Raina. Raina, who received a wildcard in the tournament faces fourth seed Tatjana Maria in the first round on Tuesday, 13th September 2022. The match is scheduled to begin at 7.00 pm IST – Follow Chennai Open 2022 LIVE updates on InsideSport.IN 

Chennai Open LIVE: All eyes on Ankita Raina as she faces fourth seed Tatjana Maria in Chennai Open first round – Follow Raina vs Maria LIVE updates 

  • Ankita Raina is ranked 325th in the WTA rankings currently and a tournament of this kind offers her an opportunity to rub shoulders with few much higher-ranked opponents and a victory or two will make a big improvement in the rankings.
  • Raina will be playing her first-ever WTA event in the Indian soil and is looking for a redemption in her career.
  • The India No.1 suffered Covid twice this year that has taken a toll on her body. She had to work hard to regain strength and endurance first before starting to play again.
  • She started the year by participating in the Australian Open this year, which was her only event so far outside of the ITF circuit. She faced first round exit in the qualifiers.
  • Since then in the ITF Tour, she has made few semifinal and quarterfinal appearances but her best performance so far was at the ITF Great Britain, much recently in August where he finished as runner-up after losing the final to Joanna Garland.
  • She enters the Chennai Open after facing a first round defeat inthe subsequent ITF Tournament at Great Britain.

  • Meanwhile, Tatjana Maria is one of the favourites in the tournament and she has enjoyed a brilliant run so far on the WTA tour this year.
  • At the Wimbledon this year, the 35-year old reached the semifinals, which was her maiden last-4 appearance in a Grand Slam event. She lost to eventual runner-up Ons Jabeur in the contest.
  • However with that performance, she became the oldest first-time Grand Slam semifinalist in the Open era.
  • Currently ranked 81st in the world, Maria is one of the star attractions in the tournament.
  • She enters the tournament after facing a quarterfinal exit at the WTA 125K event in Bari, Italty.

Raina vs Maria Head-to-Head: Both the players will be facing each other for the first time in their respective careers. While Maria is the overwhelming favourite, Raina however knows the conditions here and has played at the Tennis courts in Chennai and that gives her an edge over the German. It remains to be seen how Maria acclimatises to the hot conditions in the city. Fans in India would hope Raina follows her compatriot Thandi in the second round.

Sony Sports Network is all set to broadcast the WTA250 Chennai Open 2022, that will be played for the first time since 2008. The tournament will be Live telecast on SONY TEN 2 channels and will be available to Livestream on their premium OTT platform SonyLIV.

Chennai Open LIVE: All eyes on Ankita Raina as she faces fourth seed Tatjana Maria in Chennai Open first round – Follow Raina vs Maria LIVE updates 





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