India’s Ankita Raina and Karman Kaur Thandi, the top two women’s players, won their first doubles title together as they lifted the OEC Open trophy in Taipei on 18th November 2018. It is also the first WTA title, singles or doubles, for both Indians.
In the final match, they defeated Russian pair of Olga Doroshina and Natela Dzalamidze 6-3, 5-7, 12-12 score.
The champions collected $5,500 in prize money and earned 160 points, which is expected to push both within 200 of WTA world rankings.
This win marks the first WTA title for an Indian since Sania Mirza, success came on WTA Tour and Grand Slam stage. In the semi-finals, they had defeated third seeds Misaki Doi and Danka Kovinic by 6-7 (2), 6-4, 10-8 score.
Taipei Open is a tournament for female professional tennis players played on indoor carpet courts. It is currently classified as WTA 125K tournament.
Taipei Open has been held annually in November in Taipei City, Taiwan from 2008 until 2015. In 2012, it was upgraded from a $100,000 ITF tournament to a WTA Challenger tournament.