Sania reaches final at Strasbourg WTA in France : Weekly round-up for the week starting May 16


Sania Mirza played her last tournament before French Open with Lucie as top seeds at Strasbourg, France and made it to the final.With that run, she will move uptp inside top 25.

These are her results this week-

At Strasbourg WTA 250, France (Red Clay)

[R1] (1) Sania Mirza (IND) / Lucie Hradecka  (CZE) d. Ludmyla Kichenok (UKR) / Tereza Mihailkova (SLO)  61 62

[QF] (1) Sania Mirza (IND) / Lucie Hradecka  (CZE) d. Nadia Kichenok (UKR) / Raluca Olaru (ROU) 63 76(4)

[SF] (1) Sania Mirza (IND) / Lucie Hradecka  (CZE) d. Kaitlyn Christian (USA) / Lidziya Marozava (RUS) 63 63

[F] (1) Sania Mirza (IND) / Lucie Hradecka  (CZE)  l. Nicole-Melichar-Martinez (USA) / Daria Saville (AUS) 75 57 6-10

At French open qualifying, 3 Indians- Yuki Bhambri, Sumit Nagal and Ramkumar Ramanathan played but only Ramkumar won a round upsetting 9th seed in first round but than losing to a 18 year old promising French junior in second round of qualifying.

[Q1] Yuki Bhambri (IND,624) l. Altug Celigbilek (TUR,183) 36 57

[Q1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,178) d. (9) Yannik Hanfmann (GER,114) 62 62

[Q1] Sumit Nagal (IND,348) l. Pedro Cachin (ARG,152) 26 26

[Q2] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,178) l. (WC) Sean Cuenin (FRA,595) 67(6) 46

ATP Challenger Tour

In singles both Sasikumar Mukund and Arjun Kadhe qualified for the singles main draw but lost in first round. Our young 14 year old Manas Dhamne made his pro tour debut at challenger qualifying in Italy.

In doubles, Jeevan and Balaji made it thru to the SF in Tunisia.

These are results-‘

At Shymkent 2 Challenger 80, Kazakhstan

[Q1] (8) Arjun Kadhe (IND,416) d. (WC) Nikita Sidorov (KAZ,NR) 64 61

[Q1] (2) Sasikumar Mukund (IND,416) bye

[Q2] (8) Arjun Kadhe (IND,542) d. Grigoriy Lomakin (KAZ,859) 61 76(1)

[Q2] (2) Sasikumar Mukund (IND,418) d. Vladyslav Manafov (KAZ,1062) 63 61

[R1] (Q) Arjun Kadhe (IND,542) l. (5) Evgeny Karlovsky (RUS,272) 46 64 16

[R1] (Q) Sasikumar Mukund (IND,418) l. WC-Belbit Zukayev (KAZ,491) 16 67

[R1] (1) Arjun Kadhe (IND) / Vladyslav Manafov (UKR) d. Bgdon Babrov (RUS) /Alexander Savchenko (RUS) 75 76(3)

[QF] (1) Arjun Kadhe (IND) / Vladyslav Manafov (UKR) l. Mikael Torpegaard (DEN) / Kaichi Uchida (JPN) 46 76(5) 6-10

At Tunis Challenger 80, Tunisia (Clay)

[R1] N. Sriram Balaji (IND) / Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND) d. (WC) Moez Echargui (TUN) / Elmar Ejupovic (TUN) 63 64

[QF] N. Sriram Balaji (IND) / Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND) d. Michael Greets (BEL) / Michael Vrebensky (CZE) 61 76(1)

[SF] N. Sriram Balaji (IND) / Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND) l. (2) Nicolas Barrientos (CHI) / Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX) 67(4) 36

At Francavilla Challenger, Spain

[Q1] Manas Dhamne (IND,NR) l. (8) David Gallopini (ITA,725)

ITF Tour

Lot of Indian men and Women played this week across the world in Europe and Africa mainly.

In singles- Ishaque Iqbal  and Digivijay Pratap Singh made it to the QF while Manish Sureshkumar, Dev Javia in men, Sowjanaya Bavisetti and Riya Bhatia among women made it to the second round in their respective tournaments but lost there.

However, 20 year old Dev Javia won his first ITF title in doubles when he won the title at M25 in Croatia along with his Slovakian partner.

Also in W60 in Peham, Alabamam, USA, Sharmada Balu had her career best run to the SF of doubles.

Prarthna Thombare made it to the doubles final in W25 in Portugal as top seeds.

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