Balaji and Jeevan make another challenger final in Europe : Weekly round-up for week starting May 22

WTA Tour

Ankita Raina was the only Indian player who made it to qualifying draw for men or women in this year’s French open. She made it to second qualifying round at French open with a good win over local wild card but lost in second round against higher ranked Japanese player.

At French Open

[Q1] Ankita Raina (IND,212) d. (WC) Emeline Dartron (FRA,393) 75 57 62

[Q2] Ankita Raina (IND,212) l. (30) Moyuka Uchihima (JPN,145), 67(1) 16

ATP tour

Yuki Bhambri and Saketh Myneni played ATP 250 toruanement in Lyon, France. They had a good win over a former world #1 pair but got beaten by another experience pair in the QF.

At Lyon ATP 250, France (Clay)

[R1] Yuki Bhambri (IND,75)/ Saketh Myneni (IND,76)  d. Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL,49)/ Robert Farah (COL,62), 76(4) 36 [10-8]

[QF] Yuki Bhambri (IND,75)/ Saketh Myneni (IND,76) l. (3) Nicolas Mahut (FRA,38) / Matwe Middelkoop (NED,23) 16 26

ATP Challenger Tour

At a Challenger in Skopje, Macedonia, Sumit Nagal qualified for singles main draw and beat 7th seed in first round. But, he lost in second round against in-form Hungarian Mate Valcusz in 3 close sets. Valcusz went on to win the title without dropping a set in subsequent matches.

In doubles, top seeds Shriram Balaji and Jeevan Neduncheziuan made it to the final.

These are results of our players in Skopje Challenger which was the only tournament on challenger tour this week.

At the Challenger 75 in Skopje, Macedonia (clay)

[Q1] (1) Sumit Nagal (IND,256) d. Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,458) 63 63

[Q2] (1) Sumit Nagal (IND,256) d. (14) Bogdan Bobrov (RUS,395), 60 62

[R1] (Q) Sumit Nagal (IND,256) d. (7) Benjamin Hassan (GER,277), 61 63

[R2] (Q) Sumit Nagal (IND,256) l. (Q) Mate Valkusz (HUN,283) 57 60 26

[R1] (1) N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) d. Alex Lawson (USA)/ Michail Pervolarakis (GRE) 76(5) 57 10-8
[R1] Luca Margaroli (SUI)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) l. Karol Drzewiecki (POL)/ Kacper Zuk (POL) 36 57
[R1] Anirudh Chandrasekar (IND)/ Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) l. Orlando Luz (BRA)/ Fernando Romboli (BRA) 46 67(7)
[R1] Purav Raja (IND)/ Divij Sharan (IND) l. (WC) Berk Bugarikj (MKD)/ Kalin Ivanovski (MKD) 64 16 7-10

[QF] (1) N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) d. Karol Drzewiecki (POL)/ Kacper Zuk (POL) 63 64

[SF] (1) N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) d. Filip Bergevi (SWE) / Jason Taylor (AUS) 63 64

 [F] (1) N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) l. Petr Nouza (CZE) /Andrew Paulson (CZE) 67(5) 36

ITF Tour

On the ITF tour big Indian contingent on mens side was in Adis Ababa, Ethiopia for last 2 weeks.

There was not much success in singles in first week although in doubles pair of SD Prajwal Dev and Nitin Kumar Sinha finished runner up.

In second week, 2 Indians- Rishab Agarwal and SD Prajwal Dev reached the singles semi-final and Rishab went on to reach the final upsetting second seed from Ukraine in the semi final. He lost in the final in straight sets though.

Pair of SD Prajwal Dev and Rishab Agarwal won the title this week.

On Womens side, in Tunisia, Sahaja Yamlapalli made it to yet another QF before losing to in-form third seed there. In Korea, Vaidehi Chaudhary upset the 7th seed from Taipei in first round but lost to an in-form Chinese player in second round.

In Brazil, 20 year old Smriti Bhasin made back to back quarter finals at W15 level in last 2 weeks.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: