Sumit keeps the record for the highest number of semis appearances in 2019 – Weekly roundup – October 1st week

Sumit and Ramkumar continue to be the star performers heading into the first week of October. Brilliant result also came in from the rising junior Nikita Vishwase. Fenesta Nationals had new and familiar faces in it’s winner’s circle. There were good results also for Zeel, Manish and Siddarth.

Sumit achieves another career high ranking!

Sumit Nagal went down fighting in the semifinal on the South American dirt against the Argentine, Juan Pablo Ficovich, 4-6 1-6. Sumit was visibly fatigued after playing over continuously both in singles and doubles. However he made sure that he’s still in the race for the Australian Open Main Draw spot, as he achieved another ATP CHR of #129.

Sumit Nagal in Brazil

Ramkumar thrives playing doubles!

Ramkumar Ramanathan continued to excel on the doubles as he ended up being the finalist with his partner Sergio Martos Gornes, bowing out against Simone Bolleli and David Vega Hernandez 4-6 5-7 in the finals. He also achieved a new ATP CHR of #135 in doubles.

25th Fenesta Nationals results:

  • Women’s Singles: Sowjanya Bhavisetti (Winner), Prerna Bhambri (Finalist)
  • Men’s Singles: Niki Poonacha (Winner), Aryan Goveas (Finalist)
  • U18 Girl’s Singles: Shrivalli Bhamidipati (Winner), Sandeepti Singh Rao (Finalist)
  • U18 Boy’s Singles: Madhwin Kamath (Winner), Udit Gogoi (Finalist)
  • Women’s Doubles: Rishika Sunkara / Sowjanya Bhavisetti (Winner), Sara Yadav / Sai Dedeepya Yeddula (Finalist)
  • Men’s Doubles: Mohit Mayur Jayaprakash / Ishaque Eqbal (Winner), Niki Poonacha / Prajwal Dev (Finalist)
  • U18 Girl’s Doubles: Prerna Vichare / Sarah Dev (Winner), Sudipta Kumar / Sanjana Sirimalla (Finalist)
  • U18 Boy’s Doubles: Mann Shah / Madhwin Kamath (Winner), Boopathy Sakthivel / Udit Gogoi (Finalist)

Other significant results:

Zeel Desai, former Australian Open Jr quarterfinalist, had a brilliant outing in South Africa. She made it to the finals in singles at W15 South Africa, before she had to retire 2-6 4-1 (retd.) midway in the finals against Merel Hoedt, her doubles partner, due to a sudden pull in her lower back and hip. She gave a walkover in her doubles finals as well. She’s recovering well and will play in Thailand next.

Zeel Desai during her singles match
Zeel Desai in Pretoria, South Africa

Elsewhere in the M25 Vietnam, Manish Suresh Kumar and Siddarth Rawat, ended as doubles Finalists, bowing out 0-6 1-6 against the top seeds Grigoriy Lomakin and Jumpei Yamasaki, after defeating Arjun Kadhe and Renta Tokuda 2-6 7-6(2) 10-4 in the semifinals.

Rising Indian 15 year old Nikita Vishwase won another ITF Juniors doubles title. Seeded third as a pairing with Madison Sieg of USA, Nikita, who was returning to the ITF Junior Circuit after an injury-related hiatus, won the J3 doubles title at Cancun Junior Cup, Mexico.

They defeated the seventh seeds, Nicole Kiefer & Cecilia Alcobe Garibay, in the quarterfinals; top seeds, Sasha Wood & Jenna Defalco in the semifinals; eventually defeated the second seeds, Julia Garcia & Sofia Elena Dominguez, in the finals – all in straight sets!

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