New Delhi: India's Prerna Bhambri ended the challenge of compatriot Rutuja Bhosale with a comfortable 6-2, 6-2 victory in the $10,000 ITF women's singles quarterfinals at the DLTA stadium on Thursday.

Prerna, who last week was the lone Indian to enter the semifinals, dominated the proceedings right from the beginning by hitting deep and serving solid. The 18-year-old was particularly strong on the backhand and her down-the-line shots often found the mark.

Fifteen-year-old Rutuja, a recently crowned Asian Junior Champion, struggled with her rhythm and made a rash of errors in an attempt to go for lines and angles.

Prerna broke Rutuja in the third and the seventh games to go up a set. She carried in the same vein in the second set by breaking Rutuja straight away but dropped her serve immediately. An erratic Rutuja, however, dropped her serve in the fifth and the seventh game to trail 2-5. Prerna then served out the set and the match, closing it out with an ace.

Prerna now plays Belgian qualifier Desiree Bastianon, who advanced after sixth-seeded South Korean Hae-Sung Kim, a finalist here last week, twisted her right ankle and conceded the match while trailing 6-4, 4-6, 1-4.

Also advancing to the semifinal was national champion Ratnika Batra, who shocked Stephanie Scimone for the second time in as many weeks with a 6-3, 6-2 victory.

Ratnika now faces a tougher test in top seed Keren Shlomo of Israel who overcame last week's winner Zhaoxuan Yang.

(Agencies)