Niki and Rithwik win third straight doubles title on ITF tour : Weekly round-up for the week starting November 7

ATP Challenger Tour

Not much success for our players on challenger tour. Our top 4 singles players all played on challenger tour this week but only Prajnesh won a main draw round while other 3 all lost in first round although Mukund did win 2 qualifying round before losing in first round of main draw.

In doubles, Bala and Jeevan reached SF in Knoxville Challenger.

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

At the Challenger 80 in Matsuyama, Japan (hard)

[Q1] (2) Mukund Sasikumar (IND,361) d. (Alt) Keisuke Saitoh (JPN,739) 63 62
[Q1] (11) Arjun Kadhe (IND,560) l. (WC) Koki Matsuda (JPN,1347) 67(1) 26

[Q2] (2) Mukund Sasikumar (IND,349) d. (9) Rimpei Kawakami (JPN,481), 62 62

[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,285) l. (7) Li Tu (AUS,196) 36 67(3)

[R1] (Q) Mukund Sasikumar (IND,349) l. (Q) Seong-chan Hong (KOR,371), 26 16

[R1] (1) Arjun Kadhe (IND)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) l. Shintaro Mochizuki (IND)/ Rio Noguchi (IND) 06 36

At the Challenger 80 in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA (Hard):

[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,382) d. (WC) Blaise Bicknell (JAM,772), 61 62

[R2] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,382) l. (2) Stefan Kozlov (USA,159), 46 36

[R1] (2) N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) d. (WC) Jack Vance (USA)/ Tennyson Whiting (USA) 76(3) 63

[R1]  Anirudh Chandrasekhar (IND) /Giles Hussey (GBR) d. Sathi Reddy Chirala (IND) /Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) 64 64

[QF] (2) N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) d. Anirudh Chandrasekar (IND)/ Giles Hussey (GBR), 62 67(6) 10-7

[SF] (2) N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) l. Martin Damm (USA)/ Mitchell Krueger (USA), 26 36

At the Challenger 80 in Montevideo, Uruguay (Clay):

[R1] (PR) Sumit Nagal (IND,526) l. Felipe Meligeni Alves (BRA,166), 46 36

At the Challenger 90 in Bratislava, Slovak Rep. (Hard)

[R1] Purav Raja (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) l. Viktor Durasovic (NOR)/ Patrik Niklas-Salminen (FIN) 36 61 6-10

ITF Tour

On the womens ITF tour, Karman Kaur Thandi won her first round match in Canada W60 but lost in second round. Looks like she is still troubled by leg injury which forced her to retire during the match 2 weeks back. Vaidehi, Sowjanya and Rutuja lost in first round of their respective tournaments.

At the W60 in Calgary, Canada (Indoor Hard):

[R1] (3) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,220) d.  Michaela Bayerlova (CZE,352), 63 36 61

[R2] (3) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,220) l. Ana Sofia Sanchez (MEX,347) 57 67(2)

At the W15 Sharm-El-Sheikh ITF, Egypt

[R1] (Q) Vaidehi Chaudhari (IND,557) l. Jia-Jing Lu (CHN,340) 16 76(6) 67(4)

[R1] Sowjanya Bavisetti (IND,513) l. Nina Stojanovic (SRB,637) 16 36

At the W25 Yokohama, Japan

[R2] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,434) l.(5) Nadia Podoroska (ARG,190) 06 67(2)

In the continuing Indian circuit on ITF mens tour, there was a disappointment in singles at M25 in Indore as none of the Indians could reach even SF. 3 Indians- Sid Rawat, Vishnu Vardhan and Dalwinder Singh lost in QF.

But, on doubles tour, pairing of Niki Kaliyanda Poonacha and Rithvik Choudary Bollipalli are on a tear as they won third consecutive title on mens tour. Niki will move up to around 360 one week later and Rithvik will move to around 440 a week later. They will soon be a be to play on challenger tour.

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