After their high of Indian Wells title, this week Rohan Bopanna and Mathew Ebden lost in first round at Miami ATP 1000.
At ATP Masters 1000, Miami, USA
[R1] (6) Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Mathew Ebden (AUS) l. Kevin Krawietz (GER) / Fabrice Martin (FRA) 57 64 4-10
They will rest a bit and hopefully come back stronger for clay season.
ATP Challenger Tour
Ramkumar Ramanathan again lost in first round of singles qualifying at Biel Challenger in Switzerland. But, we had better success in double at Biel.
We had even better success in a challenger in Spain where it was an all Indian doubles final between experienced pairing of Divij Sharan and Purav Raja and relatively new pairing of Aniruddh Chandrashekhar and Vijay Sunder Prashanth. In the final pair of Aniruddh and Vijay dominated and easily won their second consecutive title after making their third consecutive final after 2 India challengers.
This pairing is really beginning to dominate challenger circuit now. With this title Vijay Sunder will be another Indian who will make it top 150 in ATP doubles rankings making it 10 Indians in top 150 with Purav Raja also being just outside.
These are results of our pairs in challengers this week-
At the Challenger 75 in Les Franqueses Del Valles, Spain (Hard)
[R1] (3) Anirudh Chandrasekar (IND)/ Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) d. Sanjar Fayziev (UZB)/ Oleksii Krutykh (UKR), 62 64
[R1] (4) Purav Raja (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) d. Alberto Barroso Campos (ESP)/ Flag Marco Trungelliti (ARG), 63 67(5) [10-5]
[QF] (3) Anirudh Chandrasekar (IND)/ Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) d. Fajing Sun (CHN)/ Volodoymyr Uzhylovskyi (UKR), 63 64
[QF] (4) Purav Raja (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) d. David Jorda Sanchis (ESP)/ Bruno Pujol Navarro (ESP), 64 63
[SF] (3) Anirudh Chandrasekar (IND)/ Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) d. Jay Clarke (GBR)/ Lorenzo Giustino (ITA) 75 62
[SF] (4) Purav Raja (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) d. (2) Marco Bortolotti (ITA)/ Sergio Martos Gornes (ESP) 62 76(4)
[F] (3) Anirudh Chandrasekar (IND)/ Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) d. (4) Purav Raja (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) 75 61
At the Challenger 100 in Biel, SUI (Hard)
[R1] (4) N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) d. (WC) Mika Brunold (SUI)/ Dylan Dietrich (SUI), 61 62
[R1] Arjun Kadhe (IND)/ Daniel Masur (GER) l. (2) Romain Arneodo (MON)/ Sam Weissborn (AUT), 67(5) 67(5)
[QF] (4) N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) d. Marek Gengel (CZE)/ Petr Nouza (CZE), 76(6) 62
[SF] (4) N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) l. Victor Vlad Cornea (ROU)/ Franko Skugor (CRO), 57 36
4 weeks of ITF circuit continued in India this week with a M25 in Lucknow. This time the field became tougher and only 1 Indian- Sasi Kumar Mukund was seeded. But, our players did better than last week as 3 Indians made it to the QF as compared to 2 last week. Mukund too his appointed place in the QF. But, couple of excellent upset wins – one by Siddharth Vishwakarma who double bagled sixth seed Frenchman Weber and by 19 year old Karan Singh over eighth seeded Japanese.
Mukund upset second seeded American Crawford in the QF before losing in the SF against eventual winner of this week and last week Donskoy.
In India , 13 year old Vihaan Reddy continued his dominance of Indian circuit with third consecutive title in 3 weeks with a title in Bhilai. With that title, Vihaan will improve his ranking to around 630 and I think will be the youngest player in top 700.