Divij Finishes runner up at Mexico Challenger : Weekly round-up for the week starting April 18


Rohan Bopanna paired up with a new partner Matwe Middelkoop of Nederlands but lost in first round..

At Belgrade ATP 250

[R1] Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Matwe Middelkoop (NED) l. (WC) Ivan Sabanov (SRB) / Matej Sabanov (SRB) 36 76(2) 6-10

ATP Challenger Tour

We had our 3 top singles players playing in the Tallahasse Challenger on green clay in Florida, USA but all of them lost in first round in straights sets. In doubles we had better success as the pair of Ramkumar Ramanathan and Purav Raja reached semi finals while Yuki Bhambri and Saketh Myneni reached the quarter finals.

More of our players played on red clay in Mexico where Sasikumar Mukund won the first round of qualifying but lost in final round of qualifying against talented Japanese last year’s Wimbledon junior champion. But, again we had better success in doubles where Divij Sharan reached his first challenger final in almost 2 years along with his Portugese partner and Jeevan made it to the SF. Both of them lost to the top seeds and eventual champions .

Divij’s first challenger final after almost 2 years

Arjun Kadhe also made it to the semi finals in a challenger in Croatia. So, overall a good week in challenger doubles.  

These are their results this week-

At Tallahassee Challenger 80, USA (Green Clay)

[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,273) l. Christian Harrison (USA,327) 36 36

[R1] Sumit Nagal (IND,258) l. Michel Mmoh (USA,196) 36 06

[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,176) l. (5) Tomas Barrios Vera (CHI,144) 16 36


[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) / Purav Raja (IND) d. (4) William Blumberg (USA) / Max Schnur (USA) 64 46 11-9

[R1] Yuki Bhambri (IND) / Saketh Myneni (IND) d. Tennys Sandgren (USA) / Mikael Torpegaard (DEN) 46 63 10-6

[QF] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) / Purav Raja (IND) d. Jamie Cerretani (USA) / Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) 76 62

[QF] Yuki Bhambri (IND) / Saketh Myneni (IND) l. 3-Diego Hidalgo (ECU) / Cristian Rodriguez (COL) 36 46

[SF] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) / Purav Raja (IND) l. Gijs Browser (NED) / Cristian Harrison (USA) 67(2) 36

At Aguascalientes Challenger 80, Mexico (Clay)

[Q1] (10) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,391) d. Aziz Dougaz (TUN,419) 61 61

[Q2] (10) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,391) l. Shintaro Mochizuki (JPN,429) 67(5) 36

[R1] (3) Divij Sharan (IND) / Goncalo Oliviera (POR) d. Boris Arias (BOL) / Federico Zaballos (BOL) 76(7) 26 10-5

[R1] (4) Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND) / Luis David Martinez (VEN) d. (Alt) Juan Pablo Ficovich (ARG) / Matias Zukas (ARG) 64 62

[QF] (3) Divij Sharan (IND) / Goncalo Oliviera (POR) d. Benjamin Lock (ZIM) / Skander Mansouri (TUN) 76(5) 63

[QF] (4) Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND) / Luis David Martinez (VEN) d. Jay Clarke (GBR) / Tim Van Rijthoven (NED) 64 64

[SF] (3) Divij Sharan (IND) / Goncalo Oliviera (POR) d. (2) Andrej Martin (SVK) / Tristian-Samuel Weissborn (AUT) 64 67(2) 10-4

[SF] (4) Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND) / Luis David Martinez (VEN) l. (1) Nicolas Barrientos (COL) / Miguel Angel Reyas-Varela (MEX) 46 64 2-10

[F] (3) Divij Sharan (IND) / Goncalo Oliviera (POR) l.(1) Nicolas Barrientos (COL) / Miguel Angel Reyas-Varela (MEX) 57 36

At Split Challenger 80, Croatia ( Red Clay)

[R1] (3) Arjun Kadhe (IND) / Sergio Martos Gornes (ESP) d. Geoffrey Blancaneaux (FRA) / Antoine Hoang (FRA) 76(2) 64

[QF] (3) Arjun Kadhe (IND) / Sergio Martos Gornes (ESP) d. Gregoire Barrere (FRA) / Luca Van Assche (FRA) Walkover
[SF] (3) Arjun Kadhe (IND) / Sergio Martos Gornes (ESP) l. (2) Nathaniel Lammons (USA) / Albano Olivetti (FRA) 63 67(5) 6-10

ITF Tour

Again not much of note in Thailand series.  Only Siddharth Rawat among men and Vaidehi Chadhari amomg women won a round each in singles.

Prarthana Thombre had a nice run to the semi finals of W60 tournament in Chiasso, Switzerland to the SF. In the same tournament, Ankita too played doubles but lost in first round along with her Japanese partner.

Prarthana Semi final at Switzerland W60

At ITF W60 Chiasso, Switzerland

[R1] Prarthana Thombre (IND) / Conny Perin (SUI) d. Leonie Kung (SUI) / Emmily Webley-Smith (GBR) 76(5) 46 10-5

[QF] Prarthana Thombre (IND) / Conny Perin (SUI) d. Liriza Selishta (SUI) / Samantha De Stefano (ITA) 60 62

[SF] Prarthana Thombre (IND) / Conny Perin (SUI) l. Miariam Kolodzlejova (CZE)/ Anastasia Detiuc (CZE) 61 46 5-10

[R1] Ankita Raina (IND) / Yuki Naito (JPN) l. Emily Appleton (GBR) / Ali Colins (GBR) 26 26

Also second final in consecutive weeks for the pair of Vijay Sunder Prashanth and Aniruddha Chandrashekhar at M25 in Nottingham,Greast Britain.

ITF Junior Circuit

This week third of the Asia Oceania age group team events was held with under 14 girls world junior tennis in New Delhi.

And our under 14 girls team became our second team to qualify for world group when they made it to the SF beating teams from Singapore, Hongkong and Kazakhstan. They lost to Australia in SF and then Korea for the third place match. Our # 1 Aishwarya Jadhav lost only to Australian and Korean #1 players and she avenged that loss to Korean # 1 too in the third place match. So, she does look a talented player. These girls will get good exposure at world group stage although getting win at that level won’t be easy.

Indian girls under 14 team led by Captain Namita Bal ( on left)

These are detailed results-

India bt Singapore 3-0 (Sohini Mohanty bt Saina Vaidya 6-2, 6-4; Aishwarya Jadhav bt Chanya Kai Ning Ng 6-0, 6-0; Sohini & Sai Janvi bt Sophie Chua & Saina Vaidya 6-2, 6-1)

India bt Hong Kong 3-0 (Sai Janvi bt Tak Sum Fung 7-5, 6-3; Aishwarya Jadhav bt Hau Ching Rosalyn Chan 6-4, 6-4; Aishwarya & Sohini Mohanty bt Tak Sum Fung & Celeste Juan Ying Yeh 6-0, 6-4)

Korea bt India 3-0 (Lee Ha Eum bt Sai Janvi 6-3, 6-3; Ju Heewon bt Aishwarya Jadhav 6-3, 4-6, 6-4; Lee Ha Eum & Lee Seo A w.o. Aishwarya Jadhav & Sohini Mohanty)

Quarterfinals: India bt Kazakhstan 2-1 (Sai Janvi bt Satima Toregen 4-6, 6-3, 6-3; Aishwarya Jadhav bt Ariana Gogulina 6-2, 6-3; Aishwarya & Sohini Mohanty lost to Yeva Korysheva & Satima Toregen walkover)

Semifinals: Australia bt India 2-1 (Emerson Jones bt Sohini Mohanty 6-2, 6-2; Tahila Kokkinis bt Aishwarya Jadhav 6-2, 7-5; Diana Badalyan & Tahila Kokkinis lost to Aishwarya & Sohini walkover)

Third place: Korea bt India 2-1 (Lee Seo A bt Sai Janvi 6-4, 6-1; Ju Heewon lost to Aishwarya Jadhav 4-6, 1-6; Lee Ha Eum & Lee Seo A bt Aishwarya & Sohini Mohanty 6-2, 6-4)

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