Indian team puts up a fighting show in Billie Jean King Cup play-offs: Week of 12th Apr-Indian Tennis Roundup

Bille Jean King Cup

Indian women put up a decent fight against a strong Latvian team in the BJKC cup play-offs this weekend in Jurmala, Latvia on indoor hard courts. Ankita put a big fight against former French open champion Jelena Ostapenko and lost in a close third set. Both Karman and Ankita were too competitive at least in 1 set against top 50 Latvian player Sevastova but lost in straight set.

Rutuja Bhosale and Zeel Desai salvaged something in dead rubber double match winning it in super tie break.

These are our results –

India l. Latvia 1-3

[M1] Ankita Raina(India,174) l. Jelena Ostapenko(Latvia,51)  26 75 57
[M2] Karman Thandi(India,621) l. Anastasija Sevastova(Latvia,47) 46 06

[M3] Ankita Raina(India,174) l. Anastasija Sevastova(Latvia,47) 06 67(4)

[M4] Rutuja Bhosale/ Zeel Desai (IND) d. Patricija Spaka / Daniela Vismane (LAT) 64 57 10-2

📸Photo credit: Latvian Tennis Union / Kaspars Volonts

ATP tour

Sumit Nagal played qualies at big ATP 1000 at Monte Carlo but unfortunately lost in straight sets against top 70 player Italian Stepfano Travaglia.

At Monte Carlo masters ATP 1000

[Q1] Sumit Nagal (IND,136) l. (2) Stefano Travaglia (ITA,69) 36 06

ATP Challenger tour-

Prajnesh played singles while Yuki and pair of Jeevan and Balaji played doubles in a hard court challenger in US.

Divij and Purav played doubles with their respective partners but lost in first round.

📸 Photo Credits :USTA Pro Circuit

These are their results this week-

At Orlando challenger 80, USA

[R1] (6) Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,138) d. Matthew Ebden (AUS,228) 64 61

[R2] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,138) l. Jack Sock (USA,257) 36 46

[R1] Yuki Bhambri (IND) / Mathew Ebden (AUS) d. Denis Kudla (USA) / Thai-son Kwiatkpwski (USA) 76(5) 62

At Belgrade Challenger 125, Serbia (Clay)

[R1] (1) Divij Sharan (IND) / Santiago Gonzales (MEX) l.  Jonathan Elrich (ISR) /Andrei Vasilevski (BLR) 36 36

At Split 2 Challenger, Croatia (Clay)

[R1] (4) Purav Raja (IND) / Tristan-Samuel Weissborn (AUT) l. Szymon Walkow (POL) / Jan Zielinski (POL) 36 46

ITF circuit

Sasi Kumar Mukund continued his stint in Egypt this week on clay in Cairo. But, after a good first round win he lost in the second round.

At Egypt M15 Cairo ( Clay)

[R1] (1)  Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,319) d. Kelsey Stevenson (CAN,682) 61 62

[R2] (1) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,319) l. (WC) Bautista Vilicich (ARG,1546) 26 26

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