US Open 2021 Qualifiers: Ankita Raina crashes out of US Open after 3-6, 6-2, 4-6 loss to Jamie Loeb: India’s No.1 ranked Tennis player Ankita Raina lost her qualifying match against US’ Jamie Loeb 3-6, 6-2, 4-6 to crash out of US Open on Tuesday. While she did capitalise on Loeb’s six double faults, Ankita Raina had a bad day with unforced errors.
Ankita Raina was off to a bad start after Loeb broke her in the 1st service game. While Raina broke back in the fourth game, she eventually handed over the set 3-6. Bit Raina came back strongly in the second set, breaking Loeb in the 3rd game and again in the seventh game to take the set 6-2 to force the match into the decider.
In the decisive set, Ankita dropped her serve in the eighth game but got the break back in the next. However, she again slipped 15-40 to be down by two match points. She managed to save one but the American ended the contest by converting her second chance.
Among other Indians in fray, Sumit Nagal will be up against Argentina’s Juan Pablo Ficovich on Tuesday. Also featuring in the men’s singles qualifying draw are Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Ramkumar Ramanathan. Prajnesh is up against Canadian Brayden Schnur, while Ramkumar is set to clash with Russian Evgeny Donskoy.
US Open 2021 Qualifiers LIVE: Ankita Raina vs Jamie Loeb: Set 3, Loeb wins 6-4
Game 10: Ankita Raina loses her service game, set and match. Loeb wins 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
Game 9: Ankita makes stunning come back, breaks Loeb back, trails 4-5.
Game 8: Ankita broken in the crucial game, trails 3-5.
Game 7: Loeb also retains her serve, the match is heading to an exciting finish, leads 4-3
Game 6: Ankita wins her service game, levels 3-3
Game 5: Loeb retains her serve, leads 3-2.
Game 4: Ankita claims a hard-fought win in her service game, levels 2-2
Game 3: Ankita breaks back, trails 1-2.
Game 2: Loeb breaks Ankita’s serve in crucial set, leads 2-0.
Game 1: Loeb wins her service game to take 1-0 lead.
US Open 2021 Qualifiers LIVE: Ankita Raina vs Jamie Loeb: Set 2, Raina wins 6-2
Game 8: Ankita is serving for the set, wins 2nd set 6-2
Game 7: Ankita breaks Loeb again, just one game away to win the set, leads 5-2
Game 6: Ankita wins her service game to lead 4-2.
Game 5: Loeb holds her serve, Raina leads 3-2
Game 4: Raina wins her service game, leads 3-1.
Game 3: Raina breaks Loeb, takes 2-1 lead.
Game 2: Ankita Raina wins a hard-fought 2nd game, levels scorers 1-1.
Game 1: Loeb wins her service game, leads second set 1-0
US Open 2021 Qualifiers LIVE: Ankita Raina vs Jamie Loeb: Set 1, Raina loses 3-6
Game 9: Loeb breaks Ankita’s service again, takes 1st set 6-3.
Game 8: Loeb wins her service game, Ankita trails 3-5.
Game 7: Ankita broken again, Loeb leads 4-3.
Game 6: Loeb wins game 6, scores level at 3-3
Game 5: Ankita wins service game, leads 3-2
Game 4: Ankita breaks back, takes Game 4 to level scores 2-2.
Game 3: Raina claims her first game, trails 1-2.
Game 2: Loeb leads 2-0.
Set 1, Game 1: Ankita Raina serves and loses her service game. 0-1
US Open 2021 Qualifiers: Ankita Raina vs Jamie Loeb
- Ankita Raina is ranked 193rd in the world while Jamie Loeb is placed at 194th.
- The two players will face off each other for the first time in their tennis careers.
- She has two WTA titles, 11 singles and 18 doubles titles in ITF Circuit
- The 28-year-old is only the fifth India player to rank under 200 in WTA rankings
- Raina has won Gold medals in women’s singles and mixed doubles at the 2016 South Asian Games. She had added a bronze medal at the 2018 Asian Games.
- Her notable wins include victories over former US Open champion Samantha Stosur and Wimbledon Finalist Sabine Lisicki.
- Raina prefers hard court (US Open) and grass court surfaces. She has won 6 out of 16 hard court matches in 2021.
- Jamie Loeb’s career-best performance in Grand Slams came in 2015 when she made it to round 1 of the US Open.
- Notably, she has won 8 singles and 9 doubles titles in the ITF Circuit.
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