Pune , March 26, 2021 :  Manish Suresh Kumar kept the Indian flag flying as he scored  close win against qualifier Henry Patten of Great Britain to reach the singles semifinals at  the  $15000 KPIT –MSLTA  ITF WTT Cup  Men’s tennis championships being organized by MSLTA in association with Deccan Gymkhana and played at their tennis courts

In the quarter finals today the sixth seeded and 666 world Chennai lad Manish Suresh Kumar came back from loss of the first set to get past qualifier Henry Patten of Great Britain 3-6,7-6(3),6-4 in a  match lasting nearly 3 hours .

“I’m happy to come through and make the semifinals, it was a game of patience today and  I managed to keep my cool “ said the 21 year old lad who wins coached by Suresh Kumar at Chennai .

In the semifinals Manish will take on  fourth seeded Oliver Crawford of  USA who survived anxious moments before overcoming local lad and national champion  and the seventh seed Arjun 6-3, 7-6(5) .

Kadhe failed to seize his chances and squandered a 5-3 lead in the second Set and a 5-2 advantage in the tiebreaker. Crawford held on strongly in a 1 hour 48 minute match to enter the last four .

In the other semifinal matches Sweden’s fift seeded  Jonathan Mridha  upset second seeded Simon Carr of. Ireland 7-5, 2-6, 6-1  I. 2 hours 38 minutes match .

Mridha will now take on winner of the previous two weeks at Lucknow and Indore  Zane KHAN.

The eighth seeded American Khan    Came back from loss of the first set to upset third seeded Aidan  MChugh of Great Britain 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 in a 2 hour 52 minute tussle .

Following are the results: Quarterfinal Round: Singles: Mens:
Jonathan MRIDHA (SWE) [5] bt Simon CARR (IRL) [2] 7-5, 2-6, 6-1;
Zane KHAN (USA) [8] bt Aidan MCHUGH (GBR) [3]4-6, 6-4, 6-0;
Oliver CRAWFORD (USA) [4] bt Arjun KADHE (IND) [7] 6-3, 7-6(5);
Manish SURESHKUMAR (IND) [6] bt (Q)Henry PATTEN (GBR) 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-4;

DOUBLES
Local Player Arjun Kadhe pairing with Luca Castelnuovo of Switzerland made it to the Doubles finals

In the semifinals today the second seeds Arjun Kadhe  and Luca Castelnuovo outplayed the  wildcard Indian pair of  Anvit Bendre and  Parikshit Somani 6-4, 6-4.

In the finals the Indo Swiss pair will take on Irishman Simon Carr and American Alexander Kotzen who scraped past  Zane Khan  of USA and Dalibor Svrcina  of Czech Republic 6-4, 3-6,10-7 .

The singles semifinals will start at 10 am while the doubles finals will be played 4pm onwards .

Doubles: Semifinal Round:
Arjun Kadhe (IND)/ Luca Castelnuovo  (SUI) [2]  bt   Anvit Bendre (IND) / Parikshit Somani(IND) 6-4, 6-4;
Simon Carr(IRL) /Alexander Kotzen(USA) bt Zane Khan  (USA) / Dalibor Svrcina (CZE) 6-4,3-6,10-7 

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