Rohan Bopanna reaches SF at Monte Carlo Masters/ Indian Womens team finished third in BJKC Asia/Oceania event : Weekly round-up for week starting April 11


Rohan Bopanna paired up with a new partner Jamie Murray this week and had an excellet run to the semi final of the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 tournament beating 2 seeds on the way.

With this run, Rohan will make his way back into top 25, his best ranking since July 2018. These are his results this week

At ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo, Monaco

[R1] Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Jamie Murray (GBR) d. (7) Wesely Koolhof (NED) / Neal Skupski (GBR) 26 63 12-10

[R2] Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Jamie Murray (GBR) d. Taylor Fritz (USA) / Sabestian Korda (USA) 64 67(5) 10-7

[QF] Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Jamie Murray (GBR) d. (3) Marcel Granollers (ESP) / Horacio Zeballos (ARG) 76(8) 76(8)

[SF] Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Jamie Murray (GBR) l. (1) Rajeev Ram (USA) / Joe Salisbury (USA) 63 67(4) 9-11

Bille Jean King Cup, Turkey

Our women were in Turkey for the Asia Oceania qualifying competition for the Bille Jean King cup. Our team missed Sania Mirza and Karman Kaur Thandi from the originally selected team due to injuries.

But, still did really well to finish third behind Japan and China. We started with loses against Japan and China. At that point of time there seemed to be a danger of us being relageted to group 2 by finishing in bottom 2 but we came back strongly to win 3 matches against Indonesia, New Zealnd and South Korea.

Japan and China advance to world group play offs. Hope they win their matches in play offs and so do not return to Asia Oceania group. Then, we will have a better chance next year.

These are the results this week=

India l. Japan 0-3

[S2] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,477) l. Yuki Naito (JPN,229) 06 46

[S1] Ankita Raina (IND,319) l. Mai Hontama (JPN,129) 46 46

[D] Sowjanya Bavisetti (IND) / Riya Bhatia (IND) l. Shuko Aoyama (JPN) / Ena Shibahara (JPN) 06 46

India l. Cnina 0-3

[S2] Riya Bhatia (IND,463) l. Lin Zhu (CHN,106) 16 36

[S1] Ankita Raina (IND,319) l. Qiang Wang (CHN,97) 46 26

[D] Sowjanya Bavisetti (IND) / Rutuja Bhosale (IND) l. Yifan Xu (CHN) / Zaoxuan Yang (CHN) 57 16

India d. Indonesia 2-1

[S2] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,477) d. Beatrice Gumulya (INA,857) 64 61

[S1] Ankita Raina (IND,319) d. Aldila Sutjiadi (INA,350) 61 62

[D] Sowjanya Bavisetti (IND) / Riya Bhatia (IND)  l. Jessy Rompies (INA) / Aldila Sutjiadi (INA) 46 76(7) 62

India d. New Zealand 2-1

[S2] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,477) d. Valentina Ivanov (NZL,1342) 61 76(3)

[S1] Ankita Raina (IND,319) d. Paige Hourigan (NZL,362) 75 63

[D] Sowjanya Bavisetti (IND) / Riya Bhatia (IND) l. Paige Hourigan (NZL) / Erin Routliffe (NZL) 26 06

India d. South Korea 2-1

[S2]Riya Bhatia (IND,463) d. Na Ri Kim (KOR,1535) 63 26 63

[S1] Ankita Raina (IND,319) d. Dabin Kim (KOR,583) 62 63

[D] Sowjanya Bavisetti (IND) / Riya Bhatia (IND) l.Na-Lae Han (KOR) / Na Ri Kim (KOR) 16 36

ATP Challenger Tour

Our men started their stint on US Green clay challenger circuit of 3 wees this week with Sumit Nagal making his comeback after 6 months, Prajnesh playing after 2 weeks break, Yuki and Saketh continued their doubles foray together and Jeevan also played with new partner. Not much success this week although both Sumit and Prajnesh won first sets against much higher ranked opponents.

Divij and Arjun lost in first round of their respective challengers.

These are their results this week-

At Tallahassee Challenger 80, USA (Green Clay)

[R1] Sumit Nagal (IND,258) l. Jason Kubler (AUS,182) 64 26 36

[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,238) l. (1) Dennis Kudla (USA,82) 64 46 26

[R1] PR-Yuki Bhambri/Saketh Myneni (IND/IND) d.  (WC) Martin Damm/Alex Rybakov (USA/USA) 62 76(4)
[R1] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/Gijs Brouwer (NED) d. PR-Andrew Harris/Jason Kubler (AUS/AUS) 64 62

[QF] PR-Yuki Bhambri/Saketh Myneni (IND/IND) l. Alex Lawson (USA) / Ressee Stalder (USA) 67(3) 36 7-10
[R1] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND)/Gijs Brouwer (NED) l. (2) Andre Goransson / Nathaniel Lammons (SWE/USA) 26 46

At Madrid Challenger 80, Clay

[R1]Arjun Kadhe (IND) / Marco Bortolotti (ITA) l. (3) Fransisco Cabral (POR) / Manual Guinard (FRA) 26 46

At San Luis Challenger 80,Clay

[R1] (4)Divij Sharan (IND) / Goncalo Oliviera (POR) l. Boris Arias (BOL) / Federico Zaballos (BOL) 57 36

ITF Tour

Indian players continued on Thailand ciruit and this week there was somewhat better success than first week.

Siddarth Rawat reached doubles QF and singles SF along with Adil Kalyanpur.

Pair of Vijay Sunder Prashanth and Aniruddha Chandrashekhar finished runner up at ITF M25 tournament in UK.

ITF Junior Circuit

Our under 16 boys had an excellent week when they won the title at Asia Oceania qualifying event of junior davis cup. The team of Rushil Khosla, Bushan Haobam and Debasis Sahoo beat Japan in the final to win the title and also qualify for the 16 team world group. This was only the third time that an Indian boys team won this title. First time was in 2004 when team consisting of Jeevan Nedunzheziyan and Sanam Singh had won the title and after that in 2008 when team consisting of Yuki Bhambri won the title.

Rushil Khosala led the team from front winning all his singles matches except the one against Australia and also winning all the doubles matches that the played.

These are the detailed results for our team-

India bt Pakistan 3-0 (Bushan Haobam bt Bilal Asim 6-1, 6-1; Rushil Khosla bt Huzafa Khan 6-2, 6-0; Bushan & Rushil bt Hamid Israr & Huzafa Khan 6-3, 6-0)

India w.o. Indonesia

Australia bt India 2-1 (Charlie Camus bt Bushan Haobam 6-3, 6-3; Hayden Jones bt Rushil Khosla 6-1, 7-6(4); Hayden & Hugh Winter lost to Bushan & Rushil 5-7, 6-3, [3-10])

Quarter-Final: India bt Iran 2-1 (Bushan Haobam bt Amirali Ghavam 6-4, 6-4; Debasis Sahoo lost to Kasra Rahmani 4-6, 4-6; Bushan & Rushil bt Sam Pazoki & Kasra Rahmani 4-6, 6-4, [10-6])

Semi-Final: India bt Kazakhstan 2-1 (Bushan Haobam bt Amir Omarkhanov 6-4, 4-6, 6-4; Rushil Khosla bt Danir Kaldybekov 7-5, 6-0; Bushan & Rushil lost to Amir & Vitaliy Zatsepin walkover

Final: India bt Japan 2-1 (Bushan Haobam lost to Naoya Honda 3-6, 6-3, 2-6; Rushil Khosla bt Yuta Tomida 6-3, 3-6, 6-0; Bushan & Rushil bt Naoya & Yuta 6-3, 6-4)

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