India lose to Finland 1-3 in Davis Cup, Indian Players shine in the ITF tour – Week of 13th Sep : Indian Tennis Roundup

India lost 1-3 against Finland in Finland in Davis Cup World Group 1-Tound 1 tie on the indoor hard courts. With two singles loses on Day 1, India was on the backfoot on Day 2. Bopanna took the field alongside Ramkumar in doubles, but the duo lost the match in two tie breaks. Prajnesh clinched the 4th rubber against Niklas-Salminen, but India lost the tie 1-3.

Photo Credits : Finnish Tennis Association & Florian Buechting (ITD Volunteer)

These are the summarised results-

[S1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) l. Otto Virtanen (FIN) 36 67(1)

[S2] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) l. Emil  Ruusuvuori (FIN) 46 57

[D] Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) l. Harri Heliovarra (FIN) / Henri Kontinen (FIN) 67(2) 67(2)

[S3] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) d. Niklas-Salminen (FIN) 6-3 7-5

We will now play world group play offs in next March. Our opponent will be known in a couple of months. 

WTA Tour

Sania played alongside Chinese Shuai Zhang and they were second seeds in WTA tournament in Luxemberg but lost in a close match in the QF against eventual champion pair from Belgium.

Photo Credits: WTA Luxembourg

Rutuja Bhosale made her WTA debut in doubles along with British Emily Webbly Smith in a tournament in Slovenia but lost in first round.

Photo Credits: WTA Portoraz

These are their results-

At BNG BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open 2021

[R1] Sania Mirza (IND) / Shuai Zhang (CHN) d. Tayisiya Morderger (GER) / Yana Morderger (GER) 26 36

[QF] Sania Mirza (IND) / Shuai Zhang (CHN) l. Greet Minnen (BEL) / Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) 63 36 8-10

At WTA Portoraz, Slovenia 

[R1] Rutuja Bhosale (IND) / Emily Weblely-Smith (GBR) l. Lucia Bronzetti (ITA) / Nika Radisic (SLO) 46 46

ATP Challenger Tour

Sumit and Mukund played singles on challenger tour this week and Purav Raja/Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan had a good run with a semifinal final in France.

These are their results this week-

At Szczecin Challenger, Poland (Clay)

[R1] Sumit Nagal (IND,186) l. (8) Stephano Travalgia (ITA,99) 63 16 46

At Cary II Challenger 80, USA (Hard)

[R1] Sasikumar Mukund (IND,392) d. (WC) Luca Staeheli (SUI,1484) 63 57 61

[R2] Sasikumar Mukund (IND,392) vs. (7) Michel Mmoh (USA,231) 46 46

At Rennes Challenger 80, France (Hard)

[R1] Arjun Kadhe (IND) / Brayden Schnur (CAN) d. Toshihide Matsui (JPN) / Kaito Uesugi (JPN) 61 76(4)

[R1] (4) Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND) / Purav Raja (IND) d. Kyrian Jacquet (FRA) / Harold Mayot (FRA) 64 75

[QF] Arjun Kadhe (IND)/ Brayden Schnur (CAN) l. Tristan Lamasine (FRA)/ Giles Simon (FRA), 06 46
[QF] (4) Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) d. Tetmuraz Gabashvli (RUS)/ Maxime Janvier (FRA), 36 61 [10-5]
[SF] (4) Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND) / Purav Raja (IND) l. Tim Van Rijthoven (NED)/ Bart Stevens (NED), 46 76(7) [8-10]

At Istanbul Challenger 80, Turkey

[R1] N. Sriram Balaji (IND) / Hiroki Moriya (JPN) d. Chun-hsin Tseng (TPE) / Tung-Lin Wu (TPE) 64 61

[QF] N. Sriram Balaji (IND) / Hiroki Moriya (JPN) l. (2) James Cerretani (USA) / Fabian Fallert (GER) 63 67(5) 7-10

ITF Tour

Lots of Indians played on ITF tour this week. Sravya Shivani and Sharmada Balu lifted the $15k doubles title in Tunisia. This is Shivani’s maiden ITF title and Balu’s 16th ITF doubles title. The duo beat the first, second and the third seeds en route to the title. Shivani also reached the quarterfinals in women’s singles.

It was a maiden ITF pro circuit title for Rishab Agarwal as well as he lifted the $15k Men’s doubles title partnering Diego Augusto Barreto Sanchez of Spain. They also beat the 2nd and 3rd seeds along the way.

Another notable performance was from Abhinav Sanjeev where he made it to the QF in men’s singles in $15k Egypt.

These are the results of our players in Tunisia and other players on main draw of ITF tour this week. 

At M15, Monastir, Tunisia

[R1] Paras Dahiya (IND,1343) l. Ajeet Rai (NZL,916) 03 retd
[R1] Abhinav Sanjeev Shanmugam (IND,1000) d. Evgeny Philipov (RUS,1052) 76(4) 64

(8) Niki Kalyanda Poonacha (IND,785) l. BlakeEllis (AUS,785) 36 36
[R1] Ajay Pruthhvi Nemakal (IND,NR) l. (2) Ryoto Tanuma (JPN,645) 16 16

[R2] Abhinav Sanjeev Shanmugam (IND,1000) d.(4)Guy Urli Irdukunda (BRI,715) 64 64

[QF] Abhinav Sanjeev Shanmugam (IND,1000) l. Li Tu (AUS,945) 36 36

At W15 Monastir, Tunisia

[R1] (Q) Sahaja Yamlapalli (IND,NR) d. Shelby Prince (USA,NR) 62 60
[R1] (4) Zeel Desai (IND,611) d. Jennifer Luilham (IND,1001) 76(6) 60
[R1] Sravya Shivani Chilaklapudi (IND,1057) d. Lola Marandel (FRA,NR) 63 62

[R2] (Q) Sahaja Yamlapalli (IND,NR) l. (1) Olga Helml (DEN,509) 57 46
[R2] (4) Zeel Desai (IND,611) l. Mariana Drazic (CRO,805) 46 46
[R2] Sravya Shivani Chilaklapudi (IND,1057) d. Yuko Hosoki (JPN,1121) 62 64
[QF] Sravya Shivani Chilaklapudi (IND,1057) l. ELENA Milovanovic (SRB,993) 26 36

At M25 Madrid, Spain (Clay)

[Q1] (2) Manish Sureshkumar (IND,695) bye
[Q2] (2) Manish Sureshkumar (IND,695) d. Chanon Phunsawat (THA,NR) 64 75
[Q3] (2) Manish Sureshkumar (IND,695) d. (12) Mario Gonzalez Fernandez (ESP,2054) 46 36

[R1] (2) Manish Sureshkumar (IND,695) l. Juan Ignaco Galarza (ARG,632) 46 02 retd.

[R1] (WC) Digvijay Pratap Singh (IND,1635) l, (4) Louis Wessels (GER,478) 64 36 26

At M15 Cairo, Egypt

[R1] Rishab Agarwal (IND,963) l. Jacub Wojcik (USA,NR) 46 46

[R1] S. D. Prajwal Dev (IND,1066) l. Nathinjian Seatun (FRA,798) 06 76(1) 26

[R1] (7) Manish Sureshkumar (IND,708) d. Adrian Otezbatch (GER) 36 63 64

[R2] (7) Manish Sureshkumar (IND,708) d. Mathew Romios (AUS,735) 61 57 63

[QF] (7) Manish Sureshkumar (IND,708) l. (4) Muck Veldheer (NED,596) 16 64 06

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