In a blockbuster week for Indian tennis, Bopanna/Ramanathan lift ATP title in Adelaide, Mukund reaches Challenger Final : Week of 3rd Jan – Indian Tennis Roundup


Rohan Bopanna and Ramkumar Ramanathan played together for the first time and won a big title in a very competitive field in Adelaide ATP 250 beating eighth and fourth seeds in the way and the top seeds in the final. 

Close up image: Mark Brake/Getty Images, Far shot: David Mariuz/Tennis Australia

Sania Mirza also played in WTA tour event in Adelaide and reached the SF with her partner Nadia Kichenok.They knocked out the second seeds enroute to the semis.

Photo Credits- Jimmie Photography

Yuki Bhambri started his comeback playing doubles with old partner Michael Venus in Mlebourne ATP but lost in first round, He will continue playing singles at Auatralian Open qualifying next week. 

These are their results at Adelaide-

At Adelaide ATP 250

[Q1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,184) l. (2) Holger Rune (DEN,103) 46 67(7)

[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) /Rohan Bopanna (IND) d. James Cerretani (USA)/Fernando Romboli (BRA) 62 61

[R2] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND/Rohan Bopanna (IND) d. (8) Nathaniel Lammons (USA)/Jackson Withrow (USA) 67(4) 76(3) 10-4

[QF] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) /Rohan Bopanna (IND) d. Hugo Nys (MON) /Benjamin Bonzi (FRA) 61 63

[SF] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) /Rohan Bopanna (IND) d. (4) Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) /Tomislav Brkic (BIH)

[F] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) /Rohan Bopanna (IND) d. (1) Ivan Dodig (CRO) /Marcelo Melo (BRA) 

At Adelaide WTA 250

[R1] Sania Mirza (IND) /Nadiia Kichenok (UKR) d. (2) Giuliana Olmos (MEX) /Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN) 16 63 10-8

[QF] Sania Mirza (IND) /Nadiia Kichenok (UKR) d. Heather Watson (GBR) /Shelby Rogers (USA) 60 16 10-5

[SF] Sania Mirza (IND) /Nadiia Kichenok (UKR) l. Ashleigh Barty (AUS) / Storm Sanders (AUS) 16 62 8-10

At Melbourne ATP 250

[R1] Yuki Bhambri/Michael Venus (IND/NZL) l. Tallon Griekspoor/Andrea Vavassori (NED/ITA) 46 46

ATP Challenger Tour

Sasi Kumar had his best week since 2019 coming through qualifying draw and making it all the way through to the final. It seems it was a late decision of him to play in this tournament as earlier he was listed in futures in Thailand which got cancelled. But, turned out to be a blessing in disguise for him and hope that turns the corner for him. 

Arjun Kadhe won doubles title at the same challenger with his Italian partner Maco Bortolotti. 

At Forli Challenger 50 (Indoor hard)

[Q1] Sasikumar Mukund (IND,414) d. Patrik Niklas-Salminen (FIN,599) 63 64

[Q2] Sasikumar Mukund (IND,414) d. Francesco Vilardo (ITA,788) 62 64

[R1] (Q) Sasikumar Mukund (IND,414) d. Francesco Forti (ITA,330) 76(3) 63

[R2] (Q) Sasikumar Mukund (IND,414) d. Denis Yevseyev (KAZ,403) 63 62

[QF] (Q) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,414) d. (Q) Elliot Benchetrit (MAR,344) 63 76(5)

[SF] (Q) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,414) d. (7) Zsombor Piros (HUN, 288) 63 76(4)

[F] (Q) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,414) l. Luja Nerdi (ITA,364)

[R1] (3) Arjun Kadhe (IND)/Marco Bortolotti (ITA)  d. Nich Chappell (USA)/ Yu Hsiou Hsu (TWN) 26 64 12-10

[QF] (3) Arjun Kadhe (IND)/Marco Bortolotti (ITA)  d. Denis Yevseyev (KAZ) /Glenn Smits (NED) 63 62

[SF] (3) Arjun Kadhe (IND)/Marco Bortolotti (ITA)  Walkover

[F] (3) Arjun Kadhe (IND) /Marco Bortolotti (ITA) d. Michael Greet (BEL) / Alexander Ritschard (USA) 76(5) 62

ITF junior Tour 

ITF junior circuit for this year started in India this week with a G3 in Chandigarh.

Boys’ Doubles Winners: Manas Dhamne /Aryan Shah

Boys title went to 16 year old Yuvan Nandal. Yuvan has been getting better since last year on junior circuit. He had 4 semi finals and 4 finals in 2021 mostly in G4 and G5 level. Now he improves with a title at G3 level. Yuvan is currently ranked 139 and this title will move him up to somewhere around 105. He is getting close to getting into grand slam main draws.

In the final, Yuvan beat 17 year old Daksh Agarwal.

Girls title went to 13 year old Tejaswi Dabas. She beat 17 year old Vaishnavi Adkar who is India #3 in juniors. To win a G3 tile is very rare and commendable.

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