Bopanna reaches St.Petersburg semis, Niki Poonacha & Zeel Desai crowned National Champions : Week of 25th Oct – Indian Tennis Roundup


Rohan Bopanna along with Dennis Shapavalov made the semi final of St. Petersburg ATP.

Ankita Raina played in the qualifying of WTA tournament in Italy where she lost in final qualifying round but got in as lucky loser but lost in first round to top 50 player Alison Riske. 

At St. Petersburg ATP 250, Russia

[R1] Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Denis Shapavalov (CAN) d. (2) Raven Klassen (RSA) / Ben McLachlan (JPN) 75 64

[QF] Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Denis Shapavalov (CAN) d. Karen Khachanov (RUS) / Andrey Rublev (RUS) 64 57 10-7

[SF] Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Denis Shapavalov (CAN) l. (4) Anderi Golubev (KAZ) / Hugi Nys (FRA) 46 62 4-10

At Courmayeur ladies open, Italy (WTA 250)

[Q1] (6) Ankita RAINA (IND,194) d. Rosalie VAN DER HOEK (NED, UNR) 62 61

[Q2] (6) Ankita RAINA (IND,194) l. Martina Di Giuseppe (ITA,283) 36 46

[R1] (LL) Ankita Raina (IND,195) l. (6) Alison Riske (USA,50) 16 16

[R1] Ankita Raina (IND) / Rosalie Van Der Hock (NED) l. (3) Eri Hozumi (JPN) / Shuai Zhang (CHN) 36 11 retd.

ATP Challenger Tour

Sasi Kumar Mukund qualified for main draw at Las Vegas Challenger but lost to eventual runner up Stefan Kozlov in first round. Others lost early in singles and doubles. 

These are summarised results at challenger level- 

At Las Vegas Challenger 80, USA

[Q1] Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,392) d. Evan King (USA,509) 75 63

[Q2] Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,392) d. (WC) Alfredo Perez (USA,732) 64 62

[R1] (Q) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,392) l. (ALT) Stefan Kozlov (USA,247) 26 46

At Brest Challenger 90, France
[R1] Divij Sharan (IND) / N. Sriram Balaji (IND) l. (1) Denys Molchanov (UKR) / Alexander Nedovyesov (KAZ) 36 57

At Isanming Challenger 80, Germany

[Q1] (1) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,187) l. Jonas Forejtek (CZE,294) 46 67(1)

[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) / Victor Vlad Cornea (ROU) d. (WC) Henri Squire (GER)/Tim Sandkaulen (GER) 63 36 10-7

[QF] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) / Victor Vlad Cornea (ROU) l. (3) Antonio Sancic (CRO) / Artem Sitak (NZL) 46 46

[R1] Jeevan Nedunzheziyan (IND) /Purav Raja (IND) l. (2) Szymon Walkow (POL) / Jan Zielinski (POL) 57 67(10)

ITF Tour

On the ITF tour, Karman Kaur Thandi qualified for W80 at France but lost in first round of main draw in 2 close sets. Pranjala lost to eventual runner up W25 in Austin, Texas. 

These are summarised results- 

At W80 Poitiers, France ( Indoor Hard)

[Q1] (8) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,528) d. (WC) Lea Tholey (FRA,1120) 61 76(4)

[Q2] (8) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,528) d. Flavie Brugone (FRA,1111) 62 63

[R1] (Q) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,528) l. (WC) Estelle Casino (FRA,445) 57 57

At M15 Madrid, Spain (Clay)

[R1] Manish Sureshkumar (IND,712) l. Stefan Micov (MKD,954) 36 64 67(3)

At W25 Austin, Texas

[R1] Pranjala Yadlapalli (IND,774) l. Kayala Day (USA,418) 36 26

At W15 Tunisia 43A, Monastir

[R1] Bhuvana Kalva (IND,1442) l. Natalia Orlova (RUS,1032) 36 46

[R1] Jennifer Luikham (IND,931) d. (5) Chiara Catini (ITA,776) 57 63 61

[R2] Jennifer Luikham (IND,931) l. Lucija Ciric Bagaric (CRO,NR) 06 36

Fenesta Open Nationals

Zeel Desai and Niki Poonacha lift the National Singkes Women’s and Men’s title respectively. Sravya Shivani/ Sharmada Balu lift the Women’s doubles title while Poonacha/Prajwal win the Men’s Doubles title.

Niki Poonacha saved 3 match points to overcome Digvijay Pratap Singh to grab the Fenesta Open title, while Zeel Desai was 1-3 down in the 1st set but did not lose a single game thereafter.

Results in Final –

Men’s Singles : Niki Poonacha d. Digvijay Pratap Singh 3-6 7-6(6) 6-4

Women’s Singles : Zeel Desai d. Sharmada Balu 6-3 6-0

Men’s Doubles : Niki/Prajwal d. Sood/Sood 6-2 7-6(3)

Women’s Doubles : Sravya/Sharmada d. Vaidehi/Mihika 6-2 6-3


Aman Dahiya wins both the boys ‘singles and doubles event in J4 Zimbabwe.

This is the 8th ITF Singles title for Indian No. 2 Aman from just 20 ITF Junior events. Aman Dahiya lifted the doubles title alongside Aayush Bhat (USA)

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