By Vatsal Tolasaria – 13th May, 2019
It was a relatively quiet week for our folks around the world, with the highlights being Vishnu Vardhan’s run to the doubles in final at the ATP Challenger 125 event in Busan, South Korea, and Ankita Raina’s SF run at the tricky ITF W60 event in Luan, China. Here’s a summary –
Vishnu/Matsui finish runners-up at ATP Challenger Busan
Vishnu Vardhan finally had his first deep run after making a comeback on tour. Vishnu partnered Japanese veteran Toshihide Matsui, beating 4th seeds Balaji/Elrich along the way, before losing to the top seeds Hsieh/Rungkat in the final.
Vishnu seems to be returning to top form, which augurs well for the rest of the season.
Summary of results –
[R1] Toshihide Matsui (JPN)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) d. (WC) Seon Yong Han (KOR)/ Cheong-Eui Kim (KOR) 6-2 2-6 10-4
[QF] Toshihide Matsui (JPN)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) d. (4) N. Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Jonathan Erlich (ISR) 6-4 7-5
[SF] Toshihide Matsui (JPN)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) d. Andre Goransson (SWE) / Hunter Reese (USA) 6-4 7-5
[F] Toshihide Matsui (JPN)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) l. (1) Cheng-Peng Hsieh (TPE)/ Christopher Rungkat (INA) 6-7(7) 1-6
Ankita is SF’ist at ITF W60 Luan, China
Ankita Raina was the lone non-Chinese player to make the SF at the ITF W60 event in Luan, China. Ankita lost a tight three setter to a former top 100 player in the SF. A good week for our champion nonetheless.
As a result of this performance, Ankita will move to around 170 in the WTA Rankings.
Summary of results –
[R1] (2) Ankita RAINA (IND,173) d. (Q) Xinyu JIANG (CHN,586) 6-4 6-3
[R2] (2) Ankita RAINA (IND,173) d. Yue YUAN (CHN,342) 6-2 6-3
[QF] (2) Ankita RAINA (IND,173) d. Eudice CHONG (HKG, 497) 2-6 6-4 7-5
[SF] (2) Ankita RAINA (IND,173) l. Ying-Ying Duan (CHN,293) 3-6 6-1 2-6
Pari Singh is RU at ITF U14 Asian Development Championships
Pari Singh was the finalist of the ITF Asian U-14 Development Tennis championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. A student of the G. D. Goenka World School in Haryana, Pari Singh is the Indian No.1 in U14 AITA Rankings. She had represented India in the prestigious ‘Les Petits As-France’ Tournament in Asian Play offs. A top talent to watch out for!
The six-member Indian team of three boys and three girls will will play another tourney next week with the top players from the Development championship will make the ITF Asian team for an exposure trip for about five weeks to Europe.
Prajwal/Kunal are RU at ITF M15 Uganda Doubles
S D Prajwal Dev and Kunal Anand finished runners-up at ITF $15K Uganda Futures Doubles. They lost the finals 1-6 5-7 to Guy Orly and Ismael Changawa.