Ramkumar reaches singles QF/ doubles SF in a challenger in France : Weekly round-up for the week starting May 2


Rohan Bopanna is alternating between Matwe Middelkoop and Denis Shapovalov in this clay season. This week he played with Denis this week on Madrid master.  

At Madrid Masters 1000, Spain (Red Clay)

[R1] Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Dennis Shapavalov (CAN)  l. (WC) Pablo Carreno-Busta (ESP) /Pedro Martinez (ESP) 76 36 1-10

ATP Challenger Tour

Ramkumar Ramanathan was the only Indian playing singles at challenger level this week but lots of playes played doubles. Ramkumar had his first singles win of 2022 at a challenger in France with an upset of former top 10 player Fernando Verdasco in first round as Verdasco retired after losing the first set. He followed up with another very good win over Italian Salvatero Caruso against whom he had lost his previous 3 matches. He lost in QF against top seed and top 70 player Benjamin Bonzi in 3 sets.

Ramkumar and Yuki Bhambri also had an excellent upset win over top seeds Hugo Nys and Austin Krajicek in quarter finals. Hugo Nys had won a couple of ATP titles on clay last year and made it to French open quarter finals while Austin Krajicek reached Cincy ATP masters final last year and reached Tokyo olympics semi finals.So, this was real good quality win. But, they could not follow it up and lost in semi final against a local wild card pair.

Our other doubles players lost in first round though.

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

At Aix-en-Provence Challenger 100, France ( Red Clay)

[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,185) d. (7) Fernando Verdasco (ESP,108) 64 10 retd.

[R2] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,185) d. Salvatore Caruso (ITA,192) 64 36 75

[QF] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,185) l. (1) Benjamin Bonzi (FRA,70) 26 63 06

[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) / Yuki Bhambri (IND) d. Gregoire Barrere (FRA) / Constant Lestienne (FRA) 61 76(3)

[R1] Divij Sharan (IND) / Artem Sitak (NZL) l. Rafael Matos (BRA) / David Vega Hernandez (ESP) 36 36

[QF] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) / Yuki Bhambri (IND) d. (1) Austin Krajicek (USA) / Hugo Nys (MON) 6-3, 7-6(5)

[SF] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) / Yuki Bhambri (IND) l. (WC) Titouan Droguet (FRA) /Kyrian Jacquet (FRA) 57 61 7-10

AT Prague Challenger 2 , Czech Republic (Red Clay)

[R1] N. Sriram Balaji (IND) / Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND) l. (4) Nicolas Monroe (USA) / Fernando Romboli (BRA) 67(5) 26

[R1] Vishnu Vardhan (IND) / Grigory Lomakin (KAZ) l. Marius Copil (ROU) / Max Purcell (AUS) 46 36

ITF Tour

Most of our top women players returned to ITF tour this week with Ankita Raina and Rutuja Bhosale playing in Nottingham, Engalnd on hard courts, Zeel Desai and Sowjanya Bavisetti on another hard court tournament in Spain and Riya Bhatia in US on green clay. But, all of them lost in first round unfortunately with Ankita retiring in first round of singles due to some injury,

These are their results –

At W25 Nottingham, Great Britain (Hard)

[R1] (4) Ankita Raina (IND,322) l. Elena Teodara-Cadar (ROU,588) 1-5 retd.

[R1] Rutja Bhosale (IND,476) l. (Q) Gabriela Andrea Knutson (CZE,746) 75 67(4) 46

At W25(+H) Tossa De Mar, Spain (Hard)

[R1] Zeel Desai (IND,605) l. Loana Loredana Rosca (ROM,296) 26 75 06

[R1] Sowjanya Bavisetti (IND,587) l. Pemra Ozgen (TUR,325) 06 26

At W25 Daytona Beach,Florida, USA (Green Clay)

[R1] (5) Riya Bhatia (IND,458) l. Alexa Graham (USA,595) 46 26

None of them could win a round in doubles too.

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