Our 3 players played in singles qualifying at US open- Ramkumar Ramanathan with his regular ranking and Sumit Nagal and Yuki Bhambri with their injury protected rankings. Only Yuki won a round with an excellent upset win over 107th ranked Radu Albot. Unfortunately, Yuki did not seem to have energy on the succeeding day against Belgian Bergs and lost in straight sets. Sumit lost to Canadian Vasek Posopisil after a decent fight in 2 sets. Ramkumar had a rather disappointing loss against junior Australian open champion Bruno Kuzuhara.
These are their results –
[Q1] Ramkumar Ramanthan (IND,241) l. (WC) Bruno Kuzuhara (USA,763) 36 57
[Q1] Yuki Bhambri (IND,552) d. (9) Radu Albot (MDA,107) 76(4) 64
[Q1] Sumit Nagal (IND,464) l. (26) Vasek Posipisil (CAN,132) 67(2) 46
[Q2] Yuki Bhambri (IND,552) l. Zizou Bergs (BEL,155) 36 26
ATP Challenger Tour
Challenger tour is now getting back to Asia in a major way with a lot of challengers scheduled in next couple of months which starts with a 3 weeks of challenger 50 tournaments in Nothanburi, Thailand. However, our best players are in US for US open and second string players could not take advantage of the conditions and all lost in first round.
Jeevan and Balaji continues in Eurpoe and lost in QF.
These are their results this week-
At Nothanburi Challenger 50, Thailand
[Q1] Siddharth Rawat (IND,543) l. (7) James McCabe (AUS,445) 36 76(4) 67(4)
[Q1] Manish Sureshkumar (IND,523) l. (11) Kyrian Jacquet (FRA,467) 16 16
[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,324) l. Evgeny Donskoy (RUS,335) 36 36
[R1] Anirudh Chandrashekhar (IND) / Vishnu Vardhan (IND) l. Toshihide Matsui (JPN) / Kaito Uesugi (JPN) 76(8) 67(2) 4-10
At the Challenger 80 in Banja Luka (hard), Bosnia-Herzegovina
[R1] (4) N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) d. Arjun Kadhe (IND)/ Fernando Romboli (BRA) 36 76(7) 10-5
[QF] (4) N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) l. Viktor Durasovic (NOR) / Otto Virtanen (FIN) 67(3) 57
On ITF tour, Rutuja Bhosale won her third doubles title of the year and second one with her Japanese partner Erika Sema. She also had a nice upset win over top seed in second round but unfortunately, she could not capitalise on that upset and lost in QF against a local wild card.
Ankita lost in the first round though. Sowjanya won her first round match against a higher ranked player but she lost in second round.
These are results on ITF tour-
At the Roehampton W25, GBR,
[R1] Rutuja Bhosle (IND,431) d. Naiktha Bains (GBR,433) 64 64
[R1] (6) Ankita Raina (IND,358) l. (Q) Angelica Blake (GBR, ITF/872), 67(4) 63 26
[R2] Rutuja Bhosle (IND,431) d. (1) Pemra Ozgen (TUR,243), 64 61
[QF] Rutuja Bhosle (IND,431) l. (WC) Amami Banks (GBR,894) 62 46 26
At W25 Vigo, Spain (Hard)
[R1] Sowjanya Bavisetti (IND,530) d. Ashley Lahey (USA,495) 63 36 64
[R2] Sowjanya Bavisetti (IND,530) l. Anna Brogan (GBR,480), 36 36
[R1] (1) Rutuja Bhosale (IND) / Erika Sema (JPN) d. Freya Christi (GBR) / Ali Collins (GBR) 36 76(10) 10-5
[QF] (1) Rutuja Bhosale (IND) / Erika Sema (JPN) d. Stacey Fung (CAN) / Katarina Stresnakova (SVK) 75 62
[SF] (1) Rutuja Bhosale (IND) / Erika Sema (JPN) d. (4) Shavit Kimchi (ISR) / Hiroko Kuwata (JPN) 46 64 10-4
[F] (1) Rutuja Bhosale (IND) / Erika Sema (JPN) d. (3) Naiktha Bains (GBR) / MaiaL umsden (GBR) 46 63 11-9