Sahaja Yamlapalli wins her first W25 title in Gurugram : Weekly Round-up for the week starting June 27


Rohan Bopanna is skipping Wimbledon this year. So, only Ramkumar in mens doubles and Sania in womens and mixed doubles formed the Indian representation in the tournament.

But, both lost in first round here. Only in mixed doubles, Sania has gone thru to second round.

These are their results-

[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) / Tomislav Brkic (BIH) l.Nicolas Monroe (USA) / Tommy Paul (USA) 36 67(5) 67(5)

[R1] (6) Sania Mirza (IND) / Lucie Hradecka (CZE) l. Magdalena Frech (POL) / Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) 64 46 26

ATP Challenger Tour

Yuki Bhambri returned to play singles this week in a surprise when he turned up at qualifying in a challenger in Spain. He won a tricky final qualifying round against Australian Omae Jessica who had won 4 futures titles this year and then upset former top 40 player Andrey Kuznetsov in first round. However, he withdrew from his second round singles match as apperenetly he is not yet ready to play 2 matches on same day and he evidently prioritises doubles now where he had to play a match later in the day.

In doubles, Yuki and Saketh and Arjun Kadhe with his partner reached semi finals before losing there.

Also in Colombia, top seeds Jeevan and Balaji lost in semi finals and in same challenger, Mukund lost in final qualifying round after being in a winning position.

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

At Malaga Open Challenger 80, Spain (Hard)

[Q1]  Yuki Bhambri (IND,626) bye

[Q2]  Yuki Bhambri (IND,626) d. (8) Omar Jasica (AUS,429) 64 63

[R1] (1) Victor Vlad Cornea (ROU, 149) / Arjun Kadhe (IND, 144) d. Jamie Cerretani (USA, 148) / Johannes Haerteis (GER, 441) walkover

[R1] (2) Yuki Bhambri (IND, 205) / Saketh Myneni (IND, 145) d. Evgeny Donskoy (RUS, 484/252s) / Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS, 724/218s) 63 76(4)

[QF] (1) Victor Vlad Cornea (ROU) / Arjun Kadhe (IND) d. (WC) Sergi Perez Contri (ESP) / Adriano Soriano Barrera (ESP) 63 62

[QF] (2) Yuki Bhambri (IND) / Saketh Myneni (IND) d. Yatusaka Uchiyama (JPN) / Luca Margaroli (SUI) 67(8) 62 10-8

[SF] (1) Victor Vlad Cornea (ROU) / Arjun Kadhe (IND) l. Altug Celikbilek (TUR) / Dmitry Popko (KAZ) 76(2) 36 8-10

[SF] (2) Yuki Bhambri (IND) / Saketh Myneni (IND) l. Daniel Cukierman (ISR) / Emilio Gomez (ECU) 46 46

At Cali Challenger, Colombia (Clay)

[R1] (1) N. Sriram Balaji (IND) / Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND) d. Pedja Kristin (SRB) / Milan Zekic (SRB) Walkover

[QF] (1) N. Sriram Balaji (IND) / Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND) d. Ignacio Carou (URU) / Facundo Mena (ARG)

[SF] (1) N. Sriram Balaji (IND) / Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND) l. Keegan Smith (USA) / Evan Zhu (USA) 46 61 6-10

ITF Tour

Last week Karman Kaur Thandi had made good use of the W25 tournament at home by winning the title. This week though she lost in first round to a fellow Indian player. But,the player who beat her 21 year old Sahaja Yamalaplli went on to win the title beating fourth and third seeds in the semi final and final respectively in straight sets.  

These are her results this week-

[R1] Sahaja Yamalapalli (IND.989) d. (8) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,494) 61 62
[R2] Sahaja Yamalapalli (IND.989) d. Sowjanya Bavisetti (IND,560) 62 64
[QF] Sahaja Yamalapalli (IND,989) d. Saki Imamura (JPN.840) 67(5) 60 63
[SF] Sahaja Yamalapalli (IND,989) d. (4) Ekaterina Yashina (RUS,488) 60 61
[F] Sahaja Yamalapalli (IND,989) d. (3) Viktoria Morvayova (SVK,411) 63 76(5)

With 50 points from this title, Sahaja will make a big move of more than 400 places to around 570 in WTA rankings and to India #6.

Ankita Raina lost in the singles semi final but won the doubles title with her Indonesian partner Priska Madelyn Nugroho.

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