Rohan Bopanna started his clay season along with Mathew Ebden at Monte Carlo Masters this week. They won a round but lost in QF.
At Monte Carlo ATP Masters 1000 (Clay)
[R1] (7) Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Mathew Ebden (AUS) d. Rafael Matos (BRA) / David Vega Hernandez (ESP) 36 63 10-8
[QF] (7) Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Mathew Ebden (AUS) l. Kevin Krawietz (GER) /Tim Puetz (GER) 46 36
Not a great start to clay season but hope this pair get their bearings on clay soon.
Bille Jean King Cup
Our womens team played in Bille Jean King Cup Asia Oceania group 1 this week.
We were without the services of our # 2 singles player Karman KaurThandi due to injury. But, our # 1 Ankita Raina was there leading the team playing her 10th consecutive year for the team in this tournament. Ankita and Rutuja Bhosale played major part for the Indian team in singles and doubles.
Our team started well with back to back wins against Thailand in a close match and then against hosts Uzbekistan. After that our team lost their matches 0-3 against strong Chinese and Japanese teams and then in the final match lost in a close one 1-2 against Korea.
Nonetheless with those 2 wins, we finished 4th in the group and retained our place in group 1 of Asia Oceania group.
Ankita Raina with wins in both her singles matches against Thailand and Uzbekistan played a pivotal role in us staying in this group.
ATP Challenger Tour
On challenger tour, Anirudh Chandrashekhar and Vijay Sunder Prashanth made it to their third challenger final in last couple of months.
Balaji and Jeevan made it to semi finals in Madrid Challenger.
These are results of our players on challenger tour this week-
At the Challenger 75 in Split, Croatia (Clay)
[R1] Anirudh Chandrasekar (IND)/ Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) d. Artem Sitak (NZL)/ Kaichi Uchida (JPN), 62 61
[QF] Anirudh Chandrasekar (IND)/ Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) d. (2) Diego Hidalgo (ECU)/ Cristian Rodriguez (COL) walkover
[SF] Anirudh Chandrasekar (IND)/ Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) d. (WC) Kalin Ivanovski (MKD) /Luka Mikrut (CRO) walkover
[F] Anirudh Chandrasekar (IND)/ Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) l. (1) Sadio Doumbia (FRA)/ Fabien Reboul (FRA), 46 46
At Madrid Challenger 75 (Clay), Spain
[R1] (2) N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) d. Evgeny Karlovskiy (RUS) / Alexander Shevchenko (RUS) 76(6) 64
[QF] (2) N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) d. (WC) Miguel Damas (ESP) /Alejandro Moro Canas (ESP) 76(4) 63
[SF] (2) N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) l. Patrik Niklas-Salminen (FIN)/ Bart Stevens (NED) 61 36 8-10
At Sarasota Challenger 125 (Green Clay)
[R1] Yuki Bhambri (IND) / Saketh Myneni (IND) d. Martin Damm Jr (USA) / oby Kodat (USA) 36 64 10-5
[QF] Yuki Bhambri (IND) / Saketh Myneni (IND) l. Dustin Brown (GER) / Tim Sandkaulen (GER) 26 46
On ITF tour, our #2, #3 and #5 singles players, Sasikumar Mukund, Ramkumar Ramanathan and Digvijay Pratap Singh all played in ITF M25 tournaments in Egypt and Indonesia but all unfortunately lost in first round.