Yuki-Saketh reach semi final at Mexico challenger : Weekly round-up for week starting April 25


Rohan Bopanna again paired up with a Matwe Middelkoop this week. They won a round this week but lost in QF.  

At BMW Open, Munich, Germany (Red Clay)

[R1] (4) Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Matwe Middlelkoop (NED) d. (WC) Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) / Max Hans Rehberg (GER) 61 64

[QF] (4) Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Matwe Middlelkoop (NED) l. Rafael Matos (BRA) / David Vega Hernandez (ESP) 36 46

ATP Challenger Tour

This week in Prajnesh moved to Mexico to play on hard courts while Sumit and Ramkumar stayed on in US to play third week of challenger on green clay. Prajnesh did win his first round match in Mexico before losing in second round against top seed. Sumit also had a very good win against last week’s title winner from Taiwan Tung-Lin Wu. Ramkumar sadly continued his losing streak this year to 11 with no win or ATP point so far this year. Hope he starts winning soon,

In doubles, Yuki Bhambri and Saketh Myneni continued their good run reaching SF this week in Mexico. Our other doubles players lost early this week

These are results of our players on challenger tour this week-

At Morelos Challenger 80, Mexico (Hard)

[Q1] Saketh Myneni (IND,632) l. (1) J. C. Aragone (USA,348) 36 64 46

[Q2] (6) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,404) l. Fajing Sun (CHN,614) 57 26

[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,271) d. Calivn Hemery (FRA,349) 76(10) 46 63

[R2] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,271) l. (1) Ernesto Escobedo (USA,141) 67(2) 46

[R1] (1) Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND) / Luis David Martinez (VEN) l. Nicolas Meija (COL) / Roberto Quiroz (ECU) 36 46

[R1] Yuki Bhambri (IND) / Saketh Myneni (IND) d. Juan Pablo Ficovich (ARG) / Matias Zukas (ARG) 63 62

[QF] Yuki Bhambri (IND) / Saketh Myneni (IND) d. 4-Skander Mansouri (TUN) / Michail Pervolarakis (GRE) 63 76(5)

[SF] Yuki Bhambri (IND) / Saketh Myneni (IND) l. Nicolas Meija (COL) / Roberto Quiroz (ECU) 64 36 4-10

At Savannah Challenger 80, USA (Green Clay)

[Q1] Purav Raja (IND,NR) bye

[Q2] Purav Raja (IND,NR) l. (12) Ezekiel Clarke (USA,620) 36 36

[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,183) l. (6) J.J. Wolf (USA,142) 67(4) 06

[R1] Sumit Nagal (IND,280) d. Tung-Lin Wu (TPE,221) 62 75

[R2] Sumit Nagal (IND,280) l. (4) Jack Sock (USA,139) 36 36

[R1] (3) Purav Raja (IND) / Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) d. Adrian Mayo (USA) / Govind Nanda (USA) 63 75

[R1] Vijay Sunder Prashanth (IND) / Anirudh Chandrasheher (IND) l. (1) Luke Saville (AUS) / John-Pratrick-Smith (AUS) 46 36

[QF] (3) Purav Raja (IND) / Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) l. Tung-Lin Wu (TPE) / Zizhen Zhang (CHN) 57 67(5)

At Rome1 Challenger 80, Italy (Red Clay)

[R1] (3) Arjun Kadhe (IND) / Sergio Martos Gomes (ESP) l. Altuh Celikbilek (TUR) / Ergi Kirkin (TUR) 46 76(3) 3-10

[R1] N. Sriram Balaji (IND) / Vishnu Vardhan (IND) l. (2) Jasper De Jong (NED) / Bart Stevens (NED) 67(5) 26

ITF Tour

Finally this week some good news from Thailand ITF series. S.D. Prajwal Dev upset top seed Chinese Yan Bai and sixth seed Japanese to make it to the SF.

These are his results this week –

At M15 Chiang Rai, Thailand

[R1] S.D.Prajwal Dev (IND,799) d. Connor Ferren (USA,880) 63 75
[R2] S.D.Prajwal Dev (IND,799) d. (1) Yan Bai (CHN,409) 62 67(5) 62
[QF] S.D.Prajwal Dev (IND,799) d. (6) Yuta Shimizu (JPN,539) 75 63

[SF] S.D.Prajwal Dev (IND,799) l. Makoto Ochi (JPN,790) 36 63 26

ITF Junior Circuit

This week final age group Asia Oceania age group team events was held for boys under 14 in New Delhi.

Our boys won their group matches against Uzbekistan and Jordan but lost against strong Japan team. Thus, they ran into another strong team Korea in all important QF and lost narrowly 1-2 losing our doubles match in a super tie break after missing 5 match points.

Korea went on to win the team title. So, we were unlucky to draw them in QF. Our team did win classification matches against Hongkong and Indonesia to to finish fifth.

Notworthy performace came from Arnav Paparkar won all 5 of the singles matche he played and also won all but that doubles match against Korea. Someone to keep a watch on.

These are the detailed results-

India bt Jordan 2-1 (Arnav Paparkar bt Amir Jaber 6-0, 6-2; Tanussh Ghildyal lost to Malek El-Qurneh 4-6, 2-6; Aditya Mor & Arnav Paparkar bt Malek El-Qurneh & Amir Jaber 6-3, 6-4)

Japan bt India 2-1 (Ren Matsumura bt Aditya Mor 6-2, 7-6(3); Ryo Tabata lost to Tanussh Ghildyal 6-3, 4-6, 4-6; Matsumura & Tabata bt Aditya Mor & Arnav Paparkar 7-5, 6-4)

India bt Uzbekistan 3-0 (Arnav Paparkar bt Sukhrob Saidov 6-4, 6-0; Tanussh Ghildyal bt Abdurakhmon Khojiboev 6-1, 6-3; Tanussh & Arnav bt Sukhrob & Akhmadjon Toshmukhamedov 6-4, 7-5)

Quarterfinal: Korea bt India 2-1 (Juchan Hwang lost to Arnav Paparkar 3-6, 5-7; Cho Se Hyuk bt Tanussh Ghildyal 6-3, 6-0; Cho Se Hyuk & Do Gyeom bt Tanussh & Arnav 6-4, 2-6, [12-10])

5-8 placing: India bt Hong Kong 2-1 (Aditya Mor lost to Siu Chi NIcholas Cheng 2-6, 4-6; Arnav Paparkar bt Sin Hang Tam 6-2, 6-2; Tanussh Ghildyal & Arnav Paparkar bt Siu Chi NIcholas Cheng & Ngai Hoi Cheung 7-6(5), 7-5)

Fifth place: India bt Indonesia 2-1 (Arnav Paparkar bt Muhammad Mouressi Urwah 6-2, 6-4; Tanussh Ghildyal lost to Rafalentino Ali Da Costa 6-4, 0-6, [8-10]); Aditya Mor & Arnav Paparkar bt Rfalentino Ali Da Costa & Muhamad Mouressi Urwah 6-2, 6-1)

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