Karman Kaur Thandi reaches ITF finals, reaches one step closer to maiden singles title

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19-year-old Karman Kaur Thandi has taken one step closer to winning her maiden ITF title by comfortably defeating fifth seed Chinese Xinyu Gao 6-1 6-1 and progressing to the $25,000 ITF tennis tournament finals in Niman, China on Saturday.

Thandi has reached the singles finals twice in her career in 2015 and 2016 but her maiden title has evaded her so far. She had won three ITF doubles titles so far.

Thandi dominated throughout the match, playing to her strengths to restrict her 210th ranked Chinese rival. The 413th ranked Thandi broke her rival five times in the match and successfully saved the only breakpoint she faced.

Karman Kaur Thandi will now face China’s Jing Jing Lu in Sunday’s final. Jing had defeated Japan’s Miyabi Inoue 6-4 6-4 in a tightly contested semifinal match.