Ankita Raina makes Grand Slam Debut, Early exits at the Australian Open: Week of 8th Feb – Indian Tennis Roundup

Not a good Australian open for our players as everyone lost in first round. Ankita Raina made her Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open pairing up with Romania’s Buzarnescu. She became the 5th Indian woman to play in a Grand Slam. The results from the Australian Open-

[R1] (WC) Sumit Nagal (IND, 138) l. Ricardas Berankis (LTH, 73) 26 57 36

[R1] Rohan Bopanna (IND) /Ben McLachlan (JPN) l. Ji Sung Nam (KOR) / Min-Kyu Song (KOR) 46 67(0)

[R1] Divij Sharan (IND) /Igor Zelenay (SVK) l. K. Krawietz (GER) /Y. Hanfmann (GER) 16 46

[R1] Mihaela Buzarnescu / Ankita Raina (ROM/IND) l. WC-Belinda Woolcock/Olivia Gadecki (AUS/AUS)

[R1] Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Yingying Duan (CHN) l. Bethani Mattek-Sands (USA) / Jamie Murray (GBR) 46 46

At Potechfstroom Challenger 80, South Africa

Prajnesh made his return to the challenger tour after an injury break but as a top seed got upset in the first round.

[R1] (1) Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND, 131) l. Dimitar Kuzamnov (BUL, 278) 36 46

Arjun Kadjhe played doubles here and had a good first round upset win over the third seeds but lost in second round.

[R1] Arjun Kadhe (IND) / Roberto Cid Subervi (DOM) d. (3) Benjamin Bonzi (FRA) / Tristan Lamasine (FRA) 46 64 10-4

[QF] Arjun Kadhe (IND) / Roberto Cid Subervi (DOM) l. Liam Broady (GBR) / Jack Draper (GBR) 63 46 6-10

  • Apart from that Zeel Desai and Siddharth Rawat played in main draws of ITF tournaments in Tunisia and Egypt respectively but lost in first round.

At $15K ITF Women, Monastir, Tunisia

[R1] (7) Zeel Desai (IND,636) l. Kristina Dmitruk (BLR,1527) 60 36 57

At $15K ITF Men, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

[R1]Sidharth Rawat (IND,469) l. Erik Crepaldi (ITA,559) 16 26

Aman Dahiya won back to back titles in Nepal. After winnign the grade 5 title last week, he won the grade 4 title this week again without dropping a set.

These are his results this week in Kathmandu grade 4 tournament –

[R1] d. Kabir Chhabria (IND) 62 60

[R2] d. AgriyaYadav (IND) 62 76(3)

[QF] d. (7) Karan Singh (IND) 62 64

[SF] d. (3) Tomas Quesada Perez (ESP) 63 60

[F] d. (1) Nishant Dabas (IND) 62 64

ITF Juniors –

It was a great outing for boys and girls in Kathmandu with multiple podium finishes.

In an all-Indian final, Aman Dahiya beat Nishant Dabas to lift the boys’ singles trophy. The boys’ doubles final was also an all-Indian affair with Anargha Ganguly/Karan Singh clinching the title and Aman /Nishant finishing as runners-up.

In the girls’ doubles event, Riya Uboveja (w/ Romane Longueville [BEL]) won the title, while Hrudaya Shah (w/ Rutuja Chaphalkar [USA]) finished as runners-up.

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