Ramkumar qualifies for main draw at Tokyo ATP 500,Yuki-Saketh/Jeevan-Balaji reach challenger finals : Weekly round-up for the week starting October 3


Ramkumar Ramanathan made the long trek from Europe to Asia to play singles qualifying in ATP 500 in Tokyo and in main draw of doubles. But, that proved worthwhile as he qualified into main draw with an excellent upset over much higher ranked Elias Ymer in the second qualifying round.

He lost in first round of main draw against local player in 3 close sets and lost in first round of doubles. But, US$20K+ he earned there and 20 ATP singles points made the visit worth it for Ramkumar. He will still need to earn bunch of points in reminder of the year, first of all to stay in top 300 and them try to make it to Australian open qualifying draw.

Ramkumar at Tokyo ATP 500

Rohan Bopanna along with Matwe Middlekoop lost in first round of ATP 500 in Kazakhstan against second seeds.

These are results of Ramkumar and Rohan this week.

At Tokyo ATP 500 (Hard)

[Q1] (6) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,299) d. Ryota Tanuma (JPN,600) 75 63

[Q2] (6) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,299) d. (2) Elias Ymer (SWE,124), 57 64 61

[R1] (Q) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,299) l. (Q) Rio Noguchi (JPN,290) 46 63 67(1)

At Astana ATP 500 (Hard)

[R1] Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Matwe Middlelkoop (NED) l. (2) Nikola Mektic (CRO) / Mate Pavic (CRO) 67(3) 26

ATP Challenger Tour

This week in singles Mukund qualified for main draw at Gwanju Challenger in Korea and won a round in main draw before going down to top seed in second round. Sumit lost in a close match against third seed in a challenger in Brazil .

In doubles, 2 pairs- Yuki /Saketh in Korea and Divij/Purav in France made it to the finals while pair of Jeevan-Balaji made to SF on clay in Italy while young Siddhant Banthia along with his American partner did likewise in a challenger in US. Siddhant and his partner beat another one of pair in Anirudh Chandrashekhar and Vijay Sunder Prashanth who had upset third seeds in first round.

Yuki-Saketh at Gwanju Challenger, Korea

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

At the Challenger 80 in Gwangju, S. Korea (Hard)

[Q1] (2) Mukund Sasukumar (IND,371) BYE
[Q2] (2) Mukund Sasukumar (IND,371) d. (12) Ji Hoon Son (KOR,1007), 61 64

[R1] (Q) Mukund Sasikumar (IND,371) d. (WC) Seong-chan Hong (KOR,449) 46 61 75

[R2] (Q) Mukund Sasikumar (IND,371) l. (1) Emilio Gomez (ECU,102) 46 26

[R1] (3) Yuki Bhambri (IND)/ Saketh Myneni (IND) d. Seong-chan Hong (KOR)/ JiSung Nam (KOR) 64 63

[QF] (3) Yuki Bhambri (IND)/ Saketh Myneni (IND) d. Marek Gengel (CZE) /Dalibor Svrcina (CZE) 76(3) 64

[SF] (3) Yuki Bhambri (IND)/ Saketh Myneni (IND) d. Maximilian Marterer (GER)/ Maximilian Neuchrist (AUT) 63 62

[F] (3) Yuki Bhambri (IND)/ Saketh Myneni (IND) l. (1) Nicolas Barrientos (COL) /Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX), 62 36 [6-10]

At the Challenger 80 in Campinas, Brazil (Clay)

[R1] (PR) Sumit Nagal (IND,484) l. (8) Facundo Mena (ARG,156) 63 46 26

At the Challenger 90 in Mouilleron-le-Captif, France (Hard)

[R1] Purav Raja (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) d. Niklas Schell (GER)/ Kai Wehnelt (GER) 62 75
[QF] Purav Raja (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) d. Kyrian Jacquet (FRA) / Clement Tabur (FRA) 61 64

[SF] Purav Raja (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) d. Theo Arribage (FRA) /Luke Johnson (GBR) 46 75 10-7

[F] Purav Raja (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) l. (2) Sander Arends (NED) /David Pel (NED) 76(1) 67(6) 6-10

At the Challenger 125 in Parma, Italy (Clay)

[R1] N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) d. Davide Pozzi (ITA)/ Alexander Weis (ITA) 76(4) 61
[QF] N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) d. Alexander Erler (AUT) / Lucas Miedler (AUT) 26 75 10-4

[SF] N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) l. (1) Tomislav Brkic (BIH) /Nikola Cacic (CRO) 36 46

Siddhant Banthia makes his first challenger SF in doubles in US

At the Challenger 80 in Tiburon, CA, USA (hard)

[R1] (WC) Siddhant Banthia (IND)/ Carl Emil Overbeck (USA) d. Denis Kudla (USA)/ Ben Shelton, 57 76(4) [11-9]
[R1] Anirudh Chandrasekhar (IND)/ N Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) d. (3) Malek Jaziri (TUN)/ Michail Pervolarakis (GRE), 76(5) 75
[QF] (WC) Siddhant Banthia (IND)/ Carl Emil Overbeck (USA) d. Anirudh Chandrasekhar (IND)/ N Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND), 63 75

[SF] (WC) Siddhant Banthia (IND)/ Carl Emil Overbeck (USA) l. Leandro Riedi (SUI)/ Valentin Vacherot (MON), 46 36

ITF Tour

On the ITF tour, Prajnesh Gunneswaran made it to the SF in M25 in Great Britain. Karman Kaur Thandi made the QF in W25 in US . These are results of our players on ITF tour.

These are their results-

At M25 Sheffield, Great Britain

[R1](3) Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,350) d. Daniel Little (GBR,731), 63 64

[R2] (3) Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,350) d. Anton Matusevich (GBR,680) 63 46 62

[QF] (3) Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,350) d. (5) Erhard Mathys (FRA,399) 62 61

[SF] (3) Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,350) l. Giles Hussey (GBR,547) 46 57

At W25 Redding, California, USA

[R1] (8) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,321) d.  (WC) Qavia Lopez (USA,1239) 61 61

[R2] (8) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,321) d. (Q) Lisa Zaar (SWE,623) 36 76(3) 61

[QF] (8) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,321) l. (2) Kayla Day (USA,212), 46 63 67(4)

At the W25 in Hua Hin (Thailand)

[R1] Sahaja Yamalapalli (IND,560) d. (WC) Salakthip Ounmuang (THA,NR/ITF-985) 63 61
[R1] Sowjanya Bavisetti (IND,506) l. (3) Ekaterina Reyngold (RUS,285) 16 61 67(0)
[R1] (Q) Humera Baharmus (IND,872) l. Ekaterina Maklakova (RUS,447) 26 36

[R2] Sahaja Yamalapalli (IND,560) l. (7) Luksika Lumkhum (THA,354) 16 36

At the M15 in Tay Ninh, VIE, Digvijay Pratap Singh (IND,679) beat (Q) Gunawan Trismuwantara (INA,1125), 62 62 and then Linh Giang Trinh(VIE,1486) 61 61 but lost in the QF to the top seed, Nam Hoang Ly (VIE,270), 26 26The 8th seed Nitin Kumar Sinha got upset in the second round. Rishab Agarwal and Fardeen Quamar lost in the first round.

At the M15 in Monsatir, TUN, Niki K Poonacha (IND,852) upset the 6th seed Xiaofei Wang (CHN,723) 57 64 62 and then beat a lucky loser in the R2. He lost in the QF to the top seed, Nam Hoang Ly (VIE,270), 26 26

At the W15 in Monator, TUN, 4th seed Jennifer Luikham (IND,686) beat Feriel Mahbouli (TUN,NR) 61 75 and Holly Hutchinson (GBR,1377) in a struggle, 67(5) 63 6. She had a good QF win over the 6th seed Marie Villet (FRA,888), 75 62, but she lost in the SF against an 18 year old wildcard 46 46 to Kyoka Kubo(JPN, NR/ITF-1980).

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