In the mens doubles at French open, Rohan Bopanna was a seed along with Austraian Mathew Ebden while pair of Yuki Bhambri and Saketh Myneni made it in as last direct acceptance. However, after withdrawals by few pairs, team of Shriram Balaji and Jeevan Neduncheziyan also made it in at the last moment as an alternate pair.
However, only Yuki and Saketh could win a round after beating a local wild card pair. Rohan and Ebden got upset in first round by local in-form pairing while Balaji and Jeevan also lost in first round. Yuki and Saketh lost in second round against 9th seeds.
These are results of our players in Paris –
At French Open
[R1] N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) l. Illya Ivashka (BLR) / Alexy Popyrin (AUS) 36 46
[R1] Yuki Bhambri (IND) / Saketh Myneni (IND) d. Arthur Rinderknech (FRA) / Enzo Couacaud (FRA) 63 62
[R1] (6) Rohan Bopanna (IND) /Mathew Ebden (AUS) l. Sadio Doumbia (FRA) /Fabien Reboul (FRA) 57 67(5)
[R2] Yuki Bhambri (IND) / Saketh Myneni (IND) l. (9) Santiango Gonzalez (MEX) / Edouard Roger Vasselin (FRA) 46 57
ATP Challenger Tour
At a Challenger in Troisdorf, Germany , Sumit Nagal played singles qualifiers. He lost in second round qualifying against a lower ranked but in-form player but he made it to the main draw as lucky loser. After that he went on to reach SF before he lost in 3 close sets.
While in a challenger in Italy, pair of Anirudh Chandrashekhar and Vijay Sundar Prashanth who were third seeds went to win the title with one of the most dominant displays one sees in doubles in tournaments. This was their second doubles title together. With that win Anirrudh will move up to #115 in doubles rankings and Vijay Sunder to #133 both at their career highs. In April last year Aniruddh was outside top 500. So, this has been big rise for him in a little more than a year and he is 24 quite young for doubles.
These are results of our players in challengers this week.
At Troisdorf Challenger 75, Germany (Clay)
[Q1] (3) Sumit Nagal (IND,254) d. Sergey Fomin (UZB,574) 61 61
[Q1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,458) l. (6) Oroil Roca Batalla (ESP,304) 26 26
[Q2] (3) Sumit Nagal (IND,254) l. Robert Strombachs (GER,411), 16 67(4)
[R1] (LL) Sumit Nagal (IND,254) d. Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL,208), 63 16 75
[R2] (LL) Sumit Nagal (IND,254) d. Jan Choinski (GBR,177) walkover
[QF] (LL) Sumit Nagal (IND,254) d. Oleksii Krutykh (UKR,185) 61 16 64
[SF] (LL) Sumit Nagal (IND,254) l. Frederico Ferreira Silva (POR,230) 26 63 46
At Vicenza Challenger 75, Italy (Clay)
[R1] Divij Sharan (IND)/ Parikshit Somani (IND) l. Rio Noguchi (JPN)/ Adam Taylor (AUS), 36 67(6)
[R1] (3) Anirudh Chandrasekar (IND)/ Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) d. Vit Kopriva (CZE)/ Jaroslav Pospisil (CZE), 61 62
[QF] (3) Anirudh Chandrasekar (IND)/ Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) d. Roman Andres Burruchaga (ARG) / Francisco Comesana (ARG) 62 62
[SF] (3) Anirudh Chandrasekar (IND)/ Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) d. Daniel Dutra da Silva (BRA) /Matheus Pucinelli De Almeida (BRA) 63 61
[F] (3) Anirudh Chandrasekar (IND)/ Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) d. Fernando Romboli (BRA) /Marcelo Zormann (BRA) 63 62
Lots of success in singles for our players on ITF tour this week particularly on the womens side. In Tunisia, our #3 and #4 players- Rutuja Bhosale and Sahaja Yamlapalli. Both pulled of upsets against seeds in earlier round and played each other in the SF where Rutuja beat Sahaja in 3 close sets. In the final, Rutuja upset top seed from Russia to win her first title at W25 level. Rutuja won all her matches in 3 sets this week. So, it was a gritty performance by her this week. With 50 points from this title, Rutuja will move up to inside top 320 next week when rankings will be updated.
In Thailand, our #5 Vaidehi Chaudhari had her best run at W25 level reaching SF before losing to an American player there. Also in Mens M15 tournament there, Siddharth Vishwakarma reached SF before losing in a very close match against second seed.
Also Vaidehi along with Shrivalli Rashmika Bhamidipati won the doubles title beating another Indian Zeel Desai along with her Russian partner.
In Portugal W40 , our #2 Karman Kaur Thandi made a return after some time off to hard courts and reached QF before losing to slightly lower ranked local players.
These are results of our players in ITF tournaments this week-
[R1] (7) Manish Sureshkumar (IND,737) d. Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul (THA,924) 64 67(5) 64
[R1] (Q) Arjun Mahadevan (IND,NR) l. Credit Chaiyarin (THA,NR) 36 26
[R1] Rishab Agarwal (IND,946) l. (6) Palaphoom Kovapitukted (THA,717) 36 62 36
[R1] Siddharth Vishwakarma (IND,953) d. Yuttana Charoenphon (THA,1044) 61 64
[R1] Nitin Kumar Sinha (IND,938) d. (8) S D Prajwal Dev (IND,738) 54 retd.
[R2] (7) Manish Sureshkumar (IND,737) l. (Q) Ryotaro Taguchi (JPN,1392) 26 63 36
[R2] Siddharth Vishwakarma (IND,961) d. 6-Palaphoom Kovapitukted (THA,722) 61 46 64
[R2] Nitin Kumar Sinha (IND,995) d. (WC) Krittin Koaykul (THA,1450) 75 75
[QF] Nitin Kumar Sinha (IND,995) l. (2) Philip Sekulic (AUS,515) 67(4) 46
[QF] Siddharth Vishwakarma (IND,961) d. Jacob Bradshaw (AUS,861) 63 64
[SF] Siddharth Vishwakarma (IND,961) l. (2) Philip Sekulic (AUS,515) 36 62 57
[R1] Humera Baharmus (IND,847) l. Vivian Yang (NZL,817) 16 16
[R1] Shrivalli Rashmikaa Bhamidipaty (IND,760) l. (6) Jia-Jing Lu (CHN,534) 36 36
[R1] Sowjanya Bavisetti (IND,757) d. Zeel Desai (IND,635) 76(5) 63
[R1] (4) Vaidehi Chaudhari (IND,491) d. (WC) Tamachan Momkoonthod (THA,1325) 61 61
[R2] (4) Vaidehi Chaudhari (IND,491) d. Sowjanya Bavisetti (IND,757) 60 64
[QF] (4) Vaidehi Chaudhari (IND,491) d. (6) Jia-Jing Lu (CHN,534) 60 64
[SF] (4) Vaidehi Chaudhari (IND,491) l. Dasha Ivanova (USA,726) 67(4) 46
At W25 La Marsa, Tunisia (Hard)
[R1] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,386) d. (Q) Fanny Ostlund (SWE,729) 64 36 62
[R1] Sahaja Yamalapalli (IND,452) d. (5) Anastasia Kulikova (FIN,330), 63 26 64
[R2] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,374) d. (3) Nafesa Berberovic (SRB,322), 36 63 64
[R2] Sahaja Yamalapalli (IND,440) d. (Q) Anja Wildgruber (GER,1105), 61 62
[QF] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,374) d. Alexandra Vecic (GER,548) 64 46 64
[QF] Sahaja Yamalapalli (IND,440) d. Ekaterina Yashina (RUS,417) 61 60
[SF] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,374) d. Sahaja Yamalapalli (IND,440) 36 61 75
[F] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,374) d.Anastatia Gasenova (RUS,267) 06 63 64
At W40 Montomor-O-Novo, Portugal (Hard)
[R1] Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,265) d. Amandine Hesse (FRA,691) 76(2) 64
[R2] (4) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,268) d. Olga Helmi (DEN,423), 76(4) 63
[QF] (4) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,268) l. Francisca Jorge (POR,286) 67(1) 67(2)