Dubai, December 13
Top Indian tennis player Ankita Raina won her third doubles title of 2020, clinching the Al Habtoor challenge with Ekaterine Gorgodze here.
The unseeded Indo-Georgian pair won 6-4 3-6 10-6 against Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov and Kaja Juvan in the final of the $100,000 hard court event on Saturday.
“The doubles has always helped me in singles. Playing well in doubles has always been followed by a good run in singles in my career. You get to practice with good players, get to play and can work out a few things in matches,” Ankita said.
It was the fourth doubles final of the season for Ankita but the biggest trophy of the calender since her earlier two titles were at the $25,000 level.
The 27-year-old said returning to the circuit after a long break was a big relief. “It’s really good that I am able to travel again. I was doing a bit of training, both physical and mental, at home and it was different coming back to tour,” she said. — PTI