Rutuja crashes out of KPB Trust ITF Women’s Open losing to Monnet

By BD Naraayannkar

Bengaluru, Jan 20 (UNI) India’s Rutuja Bhosale crashed out of the KPB Trust ITF Women’s Open after she was defeated by Carole Monnet of France at KSLTA Stadium here on Saturday.

This was Rutuja’s tough draw against the No.6 seed of the tournament as she was thumped in two sets by Monnet in the semifinal clash of the tournament.

Rutuja could not create the magic and lost through two sets 6-2, 6-0 after putting up a renaissance-like victory last night against Japan’s Moyuka Uchijima in the quarterfinal clash.

Monnet will lock horns with No.1 seed and Latvia’s Darja Semenistaja, who defeated Japan’s Naho Sato 6-4, 6-1 in the first of the semifinals match of the day.

Rutuja appeared too jaded after last night’s three-hour encounter with Uchijima, and she could not absorb the big hits coming off Monnet’s racquet and failed to adjust the speed of the court.

It hadn’t been an easy outing at the KSLTA for the Indian player, having raced past Japan’s Eri Shimizu 0-6, 7-5 and 7-5 and Japan’s Uchijima with a grueling scoreline of 6-2, 5-7 and 7-6, before fielding against a player who had the seeded potential in Monnet.

But this should not take anything away from the quality of tennis Monnet churned out by the French player.

The first set was a drama-filled encounter with Rutuja breaking Monnet in the third game after losing the first two with unforced errors shooting up.

Monnet broke back immediately in the fourth game and took the lead to 3-1, but Rutuja broke the French player’s serve on advantage point No.2 in the next game, before Monnet failed to convert advantage points twice.

Having reduced the gap 2-3, Rutuja began the sixth game by losing the first two points but recovered with a deep shot that went out of the reach of Monnet to gain her first point. However, two unforced errors saw the Indian star lose the game, allowing the French woman to extend the lead to 4-2.

Rutuja dropped the next two games as Monnet bagged the first set after an interesting battle.

The Indian player took an extended break-off for medical treatment after realizing that it was very important for her to stay alive in the match by winning the second set.

But, Rutuja conceded the very first game of Set No.2 of Monnet’s serve and then allowed her rival to break her twice as the Indian fans started to mumble, knowing it was a herculean task of climbing back into the set trailing 0-5 in the sixth game.

Monnet heads into the finals, but for Rutuja there is a lot to ruminate over her debacle against a better player.

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