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Rushmi goes down fighting

Mumbai, April 5 (PTI): Second seed Rushmi Chakravarthi of India went down fighting 4-6, 6-3, 5-7 in the women’s singles final to fourth seed Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan in the ITF-futures tennis circuit (first leg) at the Cricket Club of India courts here on Saturday.

The 18-year-old from Uzbekistan overcame a sore shoulder and a stiff challenge from the Indian, who saved one match point before succumbing after a marathon two hours and 30 minutes.

The match started off on a promising note for Amanmuradova as she led 3-1 with a break of serve in the third game. The Indian managed a break in the sixth game to level the scores at three all.

However, Rushmi dropped her own serve in the next game to trail 3-4 and the Uzbek held to increase the lead at 5-3. The Indian managed to hold but Amanmuradova served out the set at 6-4.

The second set went almost on the same line as the first with the foreigner breaking Rushmi in the third game for a 2-1 lead. However, the Indian played better tennis and broke back immediately to level the scores at two all.

The deciding set saw as many as seven break of serves in the final set before Amanmuradova wrapped up the match with the crucial break in the 12th game for a 7-5 verdict.

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