Sumit makes Samarkand Challenger SF, Rutuja bags doubles RU trophy in Singapore – Indian Tennis Roundup for week of 13th May

By Vatsal Tolasaria – 20th May, 2019

After a good three weeks on the green clay in the US, Sumit Nagal is finally showing some consistency in his results, as he made the SF in the ATP Samarkand Challenger in Uzbekistan. Elsewhere, Rutuja Bhosale bagged the RU trophy in doubles at the ITF $25K Singapore event. Here’s a summary –

Sumit makes Samarkand Challenger SF –

Sumit notched up a few good wins, before losing to eventual winner Joao Menezes from Brazil in a tight three setter that was marred by rain delays.

At the back of this run, Sumit will rise up to 281 in the ATP Rankings, before he moves on to European clay, where he will start in Poznan, Poland, in the first week of June. He’ll train for a week or so in Germany, under his coach Sascha Nensel and fitness trainer Milos Galecic. Sascha Nensel has trained former top 10 players like Nicolas Keifer and Julia Goerges, while Milos Galecic used to work with our very own Somdev Devvarman in the past.

Summary of results – 

[R1] (15) Sumit Nagal (IND,303) bye
[R2] (15) Sumit Nagal (IND,303) d. Sadio Doumbia (FRA,373) 6-4 1-6 6-1
[R3] (15) Sumit Nagal (IND,303) d. (WC) Dmitry Popko (KAZ,358) 7-6(7) 6-3
[QF] (15) Sumit Nagal (IND, 303) d. (12) Roberto Ortega-Olmedo (ESP, 300) 7-5 6-4
[SF] (15) Sumit Nagal (IND, 303) l. Joao Menezes (BRA, 355) 7-5 4-6 3-6

Highlights from Sumit’s R3 win over in-form Popko

Rutuja/Apisah RU in ITF Singapore

Rutuja Bhosale / Abigail Tere-Apisah – Doubles Finalists of the ITF $25K event in Singapore. Rutuja will move into the top-190 in the doubles rankings with this run. 

Photo credits : Sanketa. Do check out www.theinfinitemoments.com for more pictures of Indian Tennis players, not just from this event, but from events in Singapore in the past too.

Rutuja and partner with the trophy
Sowjanya Bavisetti
Bhuvana Kalva
Mihika Yadav
Ashmitha Easwaramurthi

Niki Poonacha and Anirudh Chandrasekhar at ITF M15 Uganda Doubles –

Niki Kaliyanda Poonacha & Anirudh Chandrasekar beat 🇮🇪Simon Carr & James Storrie🇬🇧 6-3 6-4 in the final.

Niki Poonacha(l) and Anirudh Chandrasekhar(r) (Credits – Uganda Tennis Association)

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