Shruti Ahlawat and Chirag Duhan dominate the Indian ITF Junior Tourneys

Round up of the Indian Tennis scene from the week of 25th Jan 2021

ITF J4 Gurugram

ITF junior circuit began in India last week with couple of J4 events in New Delhi and Gurugram. And there were back to back titles for 17 year old Chirag Duhan in boys and 14 year old Shruti Ahlawat in girls.

Shrutiโ€™s has been remarkable winning 13 matches in 2 weeks without dropping a set. 

These are their results this week

Chirag Duhan beat

1Dhanush Patel76 62
2Dhruv Hirpara46 75 75
QFAjay Malik64 63
SFAman Dahiya60 64
FNishant Dabas76 62

Shruti Ahalawat beat โ€“

1Riyah Dugar63 61
2Riya Uboveja64 76
QFBhakti Shah62 61
SFReshma Maruri62 62
FAnjali Rathi60 64

Other notable performance in these 2 tournaments came from 13 year old Manas Dhamne who reached QF in first week and SF in second week and lost to top seed Nishant Dabas in both weeks. In fact Manas is the first one born in 2007 to reach SF of an ITF junior tournament. Manas had shown his immense talent when he won the title at the under 12 event of prestigious Eddie Herr tournament in US in 2019.

Now there will be 3 weeks break and then 5 more weeks of J4/J5 tournaments in India all over the place – Indore, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Bhilai and Madurai. Good chance for Indian juniors to get some competition and ranking points and hope we get foreign competition in those tournaments.

ATP Challenger in Antalya, Turkey – Club Megasaray Open

On the pro tour, Ramkumar had a good win over American Ernesto Escobedo in first round but lost to the highly talented Italian Lorenzo Musetti in straight sets in second round and lost in first round of doubles.

[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,190) d. Ernesto Escobedo (USA,199) 76(6) 63
[R2] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,190) l. (5) Lorenzo Musetti (ITA,129) 06 46

[R1] (3) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) / Purav Raja (IND) l. (Alt) Alessandro Giannessi (ITA) / Lorenzo Musetti (ITA) 16 36

Apart from this only Riya Bhatia played in the main draw in Egypt

$15K ITF Women, Cairo, Egypt

[R1]  Riya Bhatia (IND,352) d. Lucie Nguyen (FRA,NR) 46 76(3) 63

[R2] Riya Bhatia (IND,352) l. Pia Lovric (SLO,790) 26 36

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