India’s Ankita Raina and Karman Kaur Thandi win Women’s Doubles title at Taipei OEC Open tennis

India’s Ankita Raina and Karman Kaur Thandi, playing together for first time, won doubles title at $125,000 Taipei Open. In the final match, they defeated Russian pair of Olga Doroshina and Natela Dzalamidze 6-3, 5-7, 12-12 score. The champions collected $5,500 in prize money and earned 160 points, which is expected to push both within 200 of WTA world rankings. This win marks the first WTA title for an Indian since Sania Mirza, success came on WTA Tour and Grand Slam stage.  In the semi-finals, they had defeated third seeds Misaki Doi and Danka Kovinic by 6-7 (2), 6-4, 10-8 score.

Taipei Open

It is tournament for female professional tennis players played on indoor carpet courts. It is currently classified as WTA 125K tournament. It has been held annually in November in Taipei City, Taiwan from 2008 until 2015. In 2012, it was upgraded from a $100,000 ITF tournament to a WTA Challenger tournament.

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