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Tennis: Ankita Raina lifts ITF doubles title at UAE.

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Ankita Raina lifts ITF doubles title at UAE

Tennis star Ankita Raina paired up with Ekaterine Gorgodze of Georgia to clinch the doubles title at the ITF women’s tennis tournament at dubai on Saturday.

The Indo-Georgian pair defeated the pair of Kaja Juvan and Bolsova Zadoinov 6-4, 3-6, 10-6 in a match that lasted one hour and nineteen minutes to lift the title.

The Indo-Georgian pair had started of wonderfully well, winning the hard fought first set 6-4 before their opponents gave a scare winning the second set 3-6 to equalise the match. But Raina and Gorgodze had other ideas as they kept their calm to pocket the $100k tournament in a tie-break.

The duo had earlier defeated the pair of Heather Watson and Anna Blinkova in the semi-finals.

This win will propel Ankita Raina who is the highest ranked Indian in women’s singles to world number 117 in women’s doubles rankings.

Raina had earlier lost to the fifth seed Katerina Siniakova 6-1, 2-6, 2-6 in her round of 32 match in women’s singles.