Ankita qualifies for main draw and wins a round in Seoul WTA and will gain back her India #1 spot : Weekly Round-up for the week starting September 19


Ankita Raina lost her India #1 spot this Monday to Karman Kaur Thandi. It seems that spurred her on and Ankita had her best performance in a while as she first thrashed fellow Indian Riya Bhatia in qualifying first round, upset 160th ranked Greek Grammatikopolou in final qualifying rounda dn then upset 128th ranked Australian Madison Inglis before bowing out to Chinese top 70 player Lin Zhu. With that Ankita will move back inside top 275 and will be back to being India #1. This is the third time in last 5 years that Karman got the India #1 spot but Ankita got back the # 1 within a week.

These are their results this week-

At Korea Open WTA 250, Seoul

[Q1] (12) Ankita Raina (IND,325) d. Riya Bhatia (IND,476) 61 61

[Q2] (12) Ankita Raina (IND,325) d. (3) Valentini Grammatikopolou (GRE,160) 76(4) 67(4) 60

[R1] (Q) Ankita Raina (IND,325) d. Maddison Inglis (AUS,129) 46 75 61

[R2] (Q) Ankita Raina (IND,325) l. Lin Zhu (CHN, 70) 16 36

[R1] Ankita Raina (IND) /Peangtarn Plipuech (THA) l. Astra Sharma (IND) /Rosalie Van Der Hoek (NED) 36 36

ATP Challenger Tour

This week Mukund made it to singles main draw at a challenger in Colombus, Ohio before going down in second round to top seed Jordan Thompson. Ramkumar played in clay challenger in Romania but lost in first round against the top seed. He did make the doubles semi final while in a challenger in Braga, Portugal, Jeevan Neduncheziyan made it to the finals along with his Indonesian partner Chrostopher Rugkat.

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

At Columbus Challenger, Ohio, USA

[R1] Sasikumar Mukund (IND,378) d. Nicolas Mejia (COL,280) 64 64

[R2] Sasikumar Mukund (IND,378) l. (1) Jordan Thompson (AUS,98) 36 36

At Braga Challenger 80, Portugal (Clay)

[R1] (1) Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND) / Christopher Rugkat (INA) bye

[QF] (1) Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND) / Christopher Rugkat (INA) d. Joao Domingues (POR) Goncalo Falcao (POR) 63 64

[SF] (1) Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND) / Christopher Rugkat (INA) d. (WC) Henrique Rocha (POR) / Daniel Rodrigues (POR) 75 64

[F] (1) Jeevan Neduncheziyan (IND) / Christopher Rugkat (INA) l. Vit Kopriva (CZE) /Jaroslav Pospisil (CZE) 63 36 4-10

At Sibiu Challenger 80, Romania (Clay)

[R1] Anirudh Chandrasekar (IND) / N Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) l. (1) Ivan Sabanov (SRB) /Matej Sabanov (SRB)

[R1] (3) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) / Luca Margaroli (SUI) d. Bogdan Bobrov (RUS)/ Ivan Gakhov (RUS) 677 64 10-8

[R1] Arjun Kadhe (IND) / Fernando Romboli (BRA) l. Zvonimir Babic (CRO) /Kai Wehnelt (GER) 75 57 3-10

[QF] (3) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) / Luca Margaroli (SUI) d. Georgii Kravchenko (UKR) /Johan Nikles (SUI)

[SF] (3) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) / Luca Margaroli (SUI) l. (1) Alexander Erler (AUT) /Lucas Miedler (AUT) 57 36

ITF Tour

Not much success on ITF tour this week.

Among men there were first round wins in Tunisia for S.D. Prajwal Dev and Abhinav Sanjeev and Aditya Balsekar in USA. But, all of them lost in second round.

Among women, 7th seed Jennifer Luikham made it to the QF but lost to the third seed there.

ITF Juniors

GB1 Asia Oceania Junior championships took place in Pune this week and it turned out to be an excellent week for Indian player as they won all the titles.

In boys singles, at 14 years and 9 months, Manas Dhamne became the youngest Indian to win this tiltle. In girls singles, Shruti Ahlawat came close to becoming the youngest to win the title as well. Boys doubles title went to Rushil Khosla and Yuvan Nandal. Girls doubles title went to sisters pair of 18 year old Vaishnavi Adkar and 14 year old Asmi Adkar.

Manas with his travelling coach Max Philips.
Shruti with her grandfather

These are the singles results from QF onwards-


[QF] (5) Manas Dhamne (IND) d. Takamasa Mishiro (JPN) 62 64
[QF] (3) Yuvan Nandal (IND) d. (8) Reiya Hattori (JPN) 62 75
[QF] (6) Aryan Shah (IND) d. (4) Woohyuk Chang (KOR) 64 64
[QF] (2) Aman Dahiya (IND) d. Suphawat Saeoui (THA) 61 64

[SF] (5) Manas Dhamne (IND) d. (3) Yuvan Nandal (IND) 63 36 63
[SF] (6) Aryan Shah (IND) d. (2) Aman Dahiya (IND) 62 76(4)

[F] (5) Manas Dhamne (IND) d. (6) Aryan Shah (IND) 76(4) 64

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