Divij wins Jinan title – Indian Tennis Roundup for week of 2nd September

It was a fairly quiet week for our boys and girls across the world, especially in the singles, as the likes of Prajnesh Gunneswaran, Sumit Nagal and Ramkumar Ramanathan, had below-par results. The only bright spot was Divij Sharan’s doubles win at the big ATP 125 Jinan Challenger in China, partnering Australia’s Matthew Ebden. Summary below –

Divij/Ebden grab title in Jinan – ATP 125 Jinan Challenger :

Coming into the tournament as top seeds, the Indo-Aussie pairing of Divij/Ebden wouldn’t have settled for anything lesser than a title. Barring a couple of hiccups along the way, the path was fairly comfortable.

Divij/Ebden’s run to the title
Divij and Ebden with the title(Courtesy – Jinan Open)

There was a lot of Indian participation in the same event as well, with Prajnesh Gunneswaran being the top seed in the singles draw. He lost out to Japanese veteran Go Soeda in three sets in the quarter-final though. Young Mukund Sasikumar did not have enough left in the tank after his run to both the singles and doubles finals in Baotou the week before.

Prajnesh hitting a backhand in Jinan
Prajnesh stretches to make a service return
Prajnesh serving

Rutuja/Sema end runners up in ITF W60 Changsha, China :

Rutuja Bhosale put together yet another impressive performance in doubles, making the finals of the ITF W60 Changsha Open.

Rutuja and her partner had four match points in the final, at 9-5 in the super tie-breaker, but failed to close them out.

Erika Sema(l) and Rutuja with their runners-up trophies(Courtesy – Changsha Open)
Rutuja and Erika clicking selfies after the prize ceremony(Courtesy – Changsha Open)

Other Results –

The likes of Sumit Nagal and Ramkumar Ramanathan had forgettable weeks, as they failed to win a match in their respective tournaments. While Sumit lost 1-6 5-7 to a local Italian wildcard, Ramkumar lost to Germany’s Daniel Masur 3-6 2-6.

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