Bala wins in Taipei, Ankita reaches final in Turkey – Indian Tennis Roundup for week of 8th April, 2019

By – Vatsal Tolasaria – 15th April, 2019

It was a fruitful week for our boys and girls across various levels and locations, with the biggest highlights being Sriram Balaji’s doubles title at the big $162,480 ATP Santaizi Challenger event in Taipei, and Ankita Raina reaching the final of the ITF $60K Istanbul Lale Cup.

Highlights –

Balaji triumphs in Taipei


Sriram Balaji’s new partnership with 41-year old and former Grand Slam champion, Jonathan Elrich, started on a fabulous note, as they grabbed the doubles title at the ATP Santaizi Challenger in Taipei, beating the top seeds along the way as well.

This is Bala’s 6th Challenger title, with the last 5 being in partnership with Vishnu Vardhan, spread across the last two seasons. Bala will continue his quest at the Anning Challenger this week in China, albeit with American partner Jamie Cerretani, as Elrich has decided against playing on clay.


$162,480 Challenger, Taipei City Final: Jonathan Erlich(Isr) & Sriram Balaji bt Sander Arends (Ned) & Tristan-Samuel Weissborn (Aut) 6-3, 6-2

Sriram Balaji with partner Jonathan Elrich after winning the doubles title at the ATP Santaizi Challenger in Taipei (Credits – Tournament Organizers)


Few images from Bala and Elrich’s week in Taipei (Credits – Tournament Organizers)

Ankita reaches final in Turkey

Ankita put together a solid performance at the big ITF $60K Istanbul Lale Cup in Turkey, notching her career best win, against 117th ranked Marie Bouzkova, along the way.

She lost in the final to the red hot Vitalia Diatchenko, who was on a 14-match winning streak, coming into the final match. She’d won the last two tournaments she’d played.


$60,000 ITF Women, Istanbul Final: Vitalia Diatchenko(Rus,96) bt Ankita Raina(Ind,203) 6-4, 6-0

Picture Credits – IBB Sport
Some images from Ankita’s great week in Turkey (Credits – Ekin Sahiner from the tournament organising team)

Astra singles finalist, and doubles winner at WTA Bogota

Indian origin Aussie Astra Sharma had the week of her career, making the singles final and winning the doubles title(with partner Zoe Hives) at the WTA event in Bogota, Colombia, on clay.

Astra created one upset after the other in the singles draw, before losing to American phenom Amanda Anisimova in the final in three sets.


Astra with the singles runner up trophy in Bogota (Credits – Astra’s Instagram Page)


Arjun makes SF in Nigeria –

Arjun Kadhe made the singles SF at the ITF $25K(+H) event in Abuja, Nigeria, before losing to eventual winner, Sadio Doumbia, in two close sets.

[SF] (3) Arjun KADHE (IND,393) lost to (2) Sadio DOUMBIA (FRA,389) 6-7(5) 6-7(0)

Arjun in Abuja, Nigeria (Credits – Ikani Agabi, Tournament Director)

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