Ritika Thaker of Nagpur made the most of the promotion she got to play the qualification after being in the reserve list in the women’s singles at the Yonex Sunrise India Open here at New Delhi.
Being promoted to play the qualification round she was up against a higher rank opponent Doha Hany of Egypt. Grabbing the opportunity with both hands Ritika played a aggressive game with her trademark cross court smashes and super net play to win 21/6 & 21/6 in 14 minutes and enter the main draw.
She now is in the main draw of singles as well as doubles. In the women’s singles first round she locks horns with world no 22, and 8th seeded Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark. In the womens doubles Ritika and her Mumbai partner Simran Singhi take on B Venkata Ramya Tulsi and Shivani Santosh Singh, who qualified for the mail draw.
Ritika is a student of Hislop college and trains under Robin Simon and Ajay Dayal.