Yuki-Saketh win 5th challenger doubles title together this year : Weekly round-up for the week starting August 29

ATP/WTA tour

There was disappointment for us at US open as none of the 3 Indians could qualify into singles main draw. In doubles, Sania Mirza had to withdraw from doubles due to an injury and then Rohan Bopanna lost in first round of mens doubles and mixed doubles and Ramkumar lost in first round of doubles.

These are Rohan’s doubles results-

[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) / Nikola Cacik (CRO) l. (15) Simon Bollelli (ITA) / Fabio Fognini (ITA) 46 46.

[R1] (9) Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Matwe Middlekoop (NED) l. Andrea Vavassori (ITA) / Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) 67(2) 26

[R1] (6) Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Yang Zaoxuan (CHN) l. Max Purcell (AUS) / Gabriela Dabroski (POL)

ATP Challenger Tour

Again Prajnesh was the only playing singles main draw at challenger level for us and he again lost in first round against eventual runner up Omar Jasica from Australia. Pair of Vishnu Vardhan and Anirudh Chandrasekar made it to singles SF though before losing in a close match.

But big success story of the week was from Yuki and Saketh as they won their fifth challenger title of the year when they won the title at Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca, Spain. They bear the top seeds in a close match in the SF and then had a dominating win in the final.

Saketh is now in top 100 in live rankings at #98 and Yuki is at #110 in live rankings.

These are results of our players on challenger tour.

At Nothanburi Challenger 2- 50, Thailand

[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,321) l. Omar Jasica (AUS,388) 57 36

[R1] Anirudh Chandrashekhar (IND) / Vishnu Vardhan (IND) d. (4) Charles Broom (GBR) / Daniel Cukierman (ISR) 62 26 10-8

[QF] Anirudh Chandrashekhar (IND) / Vishnu Vardhan (IND) d. Omar Jasika (AUS) / James McCabe (AUS) walkover

[SF] Anirudh Chandrashekhar (IND) / Vishnu Vardhan (IND) l. Francis Casey Alcantara (PHI) / Christopher Rungkat (INA) 62 46 9-11

At Mallorca Challenger 80, Spain (Hard)

[R1] (3) Yuki Bhambri (IND) /Saketh Myneni (IND) d. Daniil Glinka (EST) /Karl Saar (EST) 64 62

[QF] (3) Yuki Bhambri (IND) /Saketh Myneni (IND) d. Dmitry Popko (KAZ) /Kaichi Uchida (JPN) 63 62

[SF] (3) Yuki Bhambri (IND) /Saketh Myneni (IND) d. (1) Marco Bortolotti (ITA) /Sergio Martos Gornes (ESP) 26 76(5) (10-5)

[F] (3) Yuki Bhambri (IND) /Saketh Myneni (IND) d. Marek Gengel (CZE) / Lukas Rosol (CZE) 62 62

ITF Tour

On the ITF tour our best performance came in M15 in Tunisia where Rishab Agarwal reached the SF. He beat second and sixth seeds before losing to third seed in the SF.

Rishab Agarwal SF in Tunisia

There were couple of good upset wins too. In W15 in Tunisia, 17 year old Sanjana Sirimalla upset top seeded Chinese who has won 2 W25 titles couple of months and had wins over Ankita and Karman there, However, Sanjana could not follow up that win and lost to an Italian in next round.

Also lot of women Indian players went to Almaty, Kazakhstan and Vaidehi Chaudhari had a nice upset win over third seed in first round but she lost in second round,

There was some success in doubles as Jennifer Luikham won her first ITF title as she won the doubles title in Tunisia.

Also Prarthana Thombre continued her good comeback when reached the SF in W60 in Switzerland.

These are results of our players on ITF tour-

At the Almaty W25,

[R1] Sahaja Yamlapalli (IND,555) l. (1) Anastasia Zolotareva (RUS,321) 36 67(6)

[R1] Vaidehi Chaudhari (IND,592) d. (3) Ekaterina Yashina (RUS,413) 63 62

[R1] Shrivalli Rashmikaa Bhamidipaty (IND,784) l. (8) Gozal Ainitdinova (KAZ,523) 64 26 26

[R1] (4) Rutuja Bhosale (IND,431) l. (WC) Dana Baidaulet (KAZ,NR), 16 61 24 Ret.

[R2] Vaidehi Chaudhari (IND,593) l. Dana Shakirova (USA,1051), 61 57 46

At the Monastir M15,

[R1] Karan Singh (IND,1189) d. Mikalai Haliaak (RUS,841) 75 62

[R1] Rishab Agarwal (IND,1061) d. (2) Mu Tao (CHN,636) 36 63 76(5)

 [R2] Karan Singh (IND,1189) l. (8) Colin Markes (USA), 67(3) 26
[R2] Rishab Agarwal (IND,1061) d. Maxim Zhukov (RUS,1083), 61 64

[QF] Rishab Agarwal (IND,1061) d. (6) Alex Snaff (LUX,791), 46 63 76(3)

[SF] Rishab Agarwal (IND,1061) d. (3) Constantin Bittoun Kouzmine (FRA,720), 36 16

At the Cairo W15, Egypt

 [R1] (Q) Sanjana Sirimalla (ITF-313)  d (1) Xinyu Gao (CHN, 411)  62 46 61

[R2] (Q) Sanjana Sirimalla (IND, ITF-313) l. (WC) Vittoria Modesti (ITA, ITF-468), 62 16 26

At the Monastir W15

[R1] (7) Jennifer Luikham (IND,725) d. Daniela Glanzer (AUT,1418), 75 75
[R2] (7) Jennifer Luikham (IND,725) d. Lara Pfeifer (ITA,1211), 63 57 64

[QF] (7) Jennifer Luikham (IND,725) l. (Q) Anastasia Iamachkine (PER,1334), 46 16

ITF Juniors

There were a couple of J4 tournament being held in India in last 2 weeks in Chennai and Hyderabad.

On the boys side best performance came from 17 year old Pranav Karthik who won the title first week and finished runner up in second week. In the final for first week, Pranav beat 15 year old Rethin Pranav. In the second week, 15 year Kriish Tyagi won the title.

On the girls side, 16 year old Suhitha Maruri won back to back titles. She beat 16 year old Madhurima Sawat in the final in first week and beat another 16 year old Ruma Gaikaiwari in second week.

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