ATP Challenger Tour
There was better success in singles on challenger tour this week than the last one. Prajnesh and Ramkumar reached QF of their respective challegners in US and Japan. On the way Ramkmar upset the fourth seed while Prajnesh upset the third seed. But, in the QF they ran into in form players who went on to win the title in those challengers. In doubles, Purav and Divij won their second title together when they won challenger 90 title in Helsinki,Finland.
These are results of our players on challenger tour this week-
At the Challenger 80 in Kobe, Japan (Hard):
[Q1] (2) Mukund Sasikumar (IND,343) d. (WC) Seita Watanabe (JPN,383), 63 61
[Q1] Arjun Kadhe (IND,568) l. (3) Shintaro Mochizuki (JPN,355), 75 46 46
[Q2] (2) Mukund Sasikumar (IND,343) l.Naoki Nakagawa (JPN, 442) 36 67(4)
[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,289) d. (4) Kaichi Uchida (JPN,161), 64 46 63
[R2] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,289) d. (Q) Jason Jung (TPE,399), 26 60 40 Ret.
[QF] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,289) l. (7) Yosuke Watanuki (JPN,196), 57 16
[R1] (1) Arjun Kadhe (IND)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) d. Sho Shimabukuro (IND)/ Yosuke Watanuki (JPN) 36 63 [10-8]
[QF] (1) Arjun Kadhe (IND)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) l. Marc Polmans (AUS) / Jason Taylor (AUS) 46 46
At the Challenger 80 in Champaign, Illinois, USA (hard):
[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,381) d. (5) Stefan Kozlov (USA,158), 36 63 64
[R2] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,381) d. Sebastian Fanselow (GER,334), 36 62 75
[QF] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,381) l. (4) Ben Shelton (USA, 108), 36 57
[R1] Anirudh Chandrasekar (IND) /Adam Walton (AUS) d. August Holmgren (DEN) /Johannes Ingildsen (DEN) 76(8) 75
[R1] Sathi Reddy Chirala (IND)/ N Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) l. Aleksandar Kovacevic (USA)/ Ben Shelton (USA), 26 16
[R1] (3) N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) d. (WC) Hunter Heck (USA)/ Lucas Horve (USA), 36 62 10-7
[QF] (3) N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) d. Anirudh Chandrasekar (IND)/ Adam Walton (AUS) 76(8) 26 10-4
[SF] (3) N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) l. (1) Robert Galloway (USA)/ Hans Hach Verdugo (MEX), 67(5) 46
At the Challenger 90 in Helsinki, Finland (Hard):
[R1] (4) Purav Raja (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) d. (WC) Patrick Kaukovalta (FIN)/ Otso Martikainen (FIN), 76(4) 61
[QF] (4) Purav Raja (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) d. Eero Vasa(FIN)/ Otto Virtanen (FIN), 36 64 [10-6]
[SF] (4) Purav Raja (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) d. Alibek Kachmazov (RUS)/ Pavel Kotov (RUS), 63 62
[F] (4) Purav Raja (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) d. (3) Reese Stalder (USA)/ Petros Tsitsipas (GRE), 67(5) 63 [10-8]
On the womens ITF tour, Ankita Raina made it to the QF in Trarlgon W25 in Australia, In Egypt, Vaidehi Chaudhari had her career best win over 244th ranked Frenchwomen in first round. But, unfortunately she got injured early in her match in second round and had to retire.
These are the results on womens ITF tour-
At the W25 in Traralgon, AUS (Hard):
[R1] (1) Ankita Raina (IND,301) d. Lily Fairclough (AUS,1177) 63 61
[R1] (8) Sahaja Yamalapalli (IND,491) d. Madison Frahn (AUS,1359) 67(3) 64 60
[R2] (1) Ankita Raina (IND,301) d. Petra Hule (AUS,502), 63 62
[R2] (8) Sahaja Yamalapalli (IND,491) l. Priska Madelyn Nugroho (INA,517), 76(6) 36 16
[QF] (1) Ankita Raina (IND,301) l. (5) Destanee Aiava (AUS,402), 46 06
At the W25 in Sharm El Shaikh (Egypt)
[R1] Sowjanya Bavisetti (IND,507) l. Zhuoxuan Bai (CHN,364), 1-3 RET.
[R1] (Q) Vaidehi Chaudhari (IND,549) d. (4) Tessah Andrianjafitrimo (FRA,244), 75 63
[R2] (Q) Vaidehi Chaudhari (IND,549) l. Tatiana Proorova (RUS,384) 12 retired.
At the W60 in Tokyo
[R1] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,448) l. (Q) Naho Sato (JPN,558), 67(2) 36
In the continuing Indian circuit on ITF mens tour, only Digivijay Pratap Singh reached singles SF in singles but lost against a Japanese.
But, on doubles tour, pairing of Niki Kaliyanda Poonacha and Rithvik Choudary Bollipalli continued their impressive run as they won fourth consecutive title on mens tour. This is the 5th final in the last 6 tournaments for them, and they have won all five titles. 20-1 in the last 21 matches. They have won 17 of those matches (and 9 in a row now) in straight sets without an STB
Niki will move up from 428 to inside 380 this coming Monday, and should be go up to around 345 a week later. Rithvik will move up from 525 to inside 440 on Monday and should be up inside 375 after another week. They are all set to play in challengers from now on.