Niki Kaliyanda Poonacha makes challenger final in doubles in Italy:  Weekly round-up for the week starting August 7

ATP Tour

Sasi Kumar Mukund played qualifying at Toronto Masters but lost in first qualifying round while Rohan and Ebden started their US hard court season with a QF finish.

At ATP Masters 1000 Toronto, Canada (Hard)

[Q1] Mukund Sasikumar (IND,345) l. (10) Radu Albot (MDA,97) 26 57

[R1] (4) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Matthew Ebden (AUS) bye

[R2] (4) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Matthew Ebden (AUS) d. Jamie Murray (GBR) /Michael Venus (NZL) 63 63

[QF] (4) Rohan Bopanna (IND)/ Matthew Ebden (AUS) l. (7) Marcel Granollers (ESP)/ Horacio Zeballos (COL) 57 76(6) 8-10

WTA Tour

Ankita Raina played at a WTA 125 tournament in Poland. She lost in first round in singles but made it to doubles semi final there.

At the WTA 125 in Kozerki, POL (Hard)

[R1] Ankita Raina (IND,180) l. (Q) Gabriela Knudsen (CZE,227) 26 36

[R1] Ankita Raina (IND) / Dayana Yastremska (UKR) d. Vivian Heisen (GER)/ Olivia Tjandramulia (AUS) 46 63 10-2

[QF] Ankita Raina (IND) / Dayana Yastremska (UKR) d. (1) Alicia Barnett (GBR) / Olivia Anne Nichols (GBR)

[SF] Ankita Raina (IND) / Dayana Yastremska (UKR) l. Naiktha Bains (GBR) / Mai Lumsden (GBR) 36 36

ATP Challenger Tour

On the ATP Challenger tour, Sumit Nagal lost in second round of singles.

We again had quite a few players playing on doubles tour and Niki Poonacha along with his Australian partner Adam Taylor reached the final where they lost in a close match. Notable in this run for Niki and his partner was their first round win. They were down 9 match points down, 0-9 in their match only to miraculously win 11 straight points to win the match. Not confirmed but this must be some sort of world record saving 9 consecutive match points.

These are results of our players on challenger tour this week-

At Meerbusch Challenger 75, Germany (Clay)

[R1] (3) Sumit Nagal (IND,183) d. Santiago Rodriguez Traverna (ARG,270) 63 63

[R2] (3) Sumit Nagal (IND,183) l. Benjamin Hassan (LEB,253) 26 26 

[R1] (1) Jeevan Neduncheziayn (IND) / Ji Sung Nam (KOR) d. Mats Hermans (NED) / Kai Wehnelt (GER) 64 46 14-12

[R1] Parikshit Somani (IND) / Constantin Bittoun Kouzmine (FRA) l. (4) Fernando Romboli (BRA) /Marcelo Zormann (BRA) 57 46

[QF] (1) Jeevan Neduncheziayn (IND) / Ji Sung Nam (KOR) l. Orlando Luz (BRA) /Sem Verbeek (NED) 76(3) 67(3) 10-12

At Cordenons Challenger 75, Italy (Clay)

[R1] Niki Kaliyanda Poonacha (IND) / Adam Taylor (AUS) d. Roman Andres Burruchaga (ARG) / Hernan Casanova (ARG) 26 76(6) 11-9

[R1] (2) Rithvik Choudary Bollipalli (IND) /Arjun Kadhe (IND) l. Federico Agustin Gomez (ARG) / Marcus Willis (GBR) 63 46 5-10

[QF] Niki Kaliyanda Poonacha (IND) / Adam Taylor (AUS) d. A. Lopez San Martin (ESP) /C. Sanchez Jover (ESP) 63 64

[SF] Niki Kaliyanda Poonacha (IND) / Adam Taylor (AUS) d. (1) Theo Arribage (FRA) /Luca Sanchez (FRA) 64 64

[F] Niki Kaliyanda Poonacha (IND) / Adam Taylor (AUS) l. Giovanni Fonio (ITA) /Francesco Forti (ITA) 75 16 7-10

At Cary Challenger 75, US (Hard)

[R1] Purav Raja (IND) / Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) d. Scott Duncan (GBR) / Alex Lawson (US) 64 64

[QF] Purav Raja (IND) / Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) d. (WC) Casey Kania (USA) / Benjamin Kittay (USA) 64 76(2)

[SF] Purav Raja (IND) / Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) l. Mikelis Libietis (LAT) /Adam Walton (AUS) 36 06

ITF Tour

On the mens ITF tour, SD Prajwal Dev reached QF in Indonesia M25.

At the Jakarta M25 (Hard),

[R1] Nitin Kumar Sinha (IND,927) l. Yurii Dzhavakian (UKR,847), 06 16
[R1] (Q) Shivank Bhatnagar (IND,1624) l. Kokoro Isomura (JPN,844), 36 16
[R1] (5) SD Prajwal Dev (IND,674) d. (Q) Corban Crowther (NZL,1460), 67(4) 63 63

[R2] (5) SD Prajwal Dev (IND,674) d. (Q) Seon Yong Han (KOR,1449) 63 64

[QF] (5) SD Prajwal Dev (IND,674) l. (2) Arthur Weber (FRA,434) 06 26 retd.

On the Womens ITF tour, Rutuja Bhosale had one of her career best wins in the second round against 251st ranked player but lost in QF against 4th seed.

At ITF W25 Roehampton, Great Britain (Hard)

[R1] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,337) d. Eri Shimizu (JPN,417) 61 46 63

[R2] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,339) d. (7) Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove (NED,251), 62 61

[QF] Rutuja Bhosale (IND,337) l. (4) Yuriko Lily Miyazaki (JPN,211) 26 06

Sahaja Yamlapalli too had one of her career best wins with a win over former top 30 player Kateryna Bondarencko to qualify for main draw of W100 in Landisville, USA.

She also put up a great fight and was on the verge of upsetting top 140 player Australian Olivia Gadecki in first round before she lost in a close third set.

At ITF W100, Landisville, USA (Hard)

[Q1] (9) Sahaja Yamlapalli (IND,426) d. Sara Daavettila (USA,609) 63 46 75

[Q2] (9) Sahaja Yamlapalli (IND,426) d. (1) Kateryna Bondarencko (UKR,274) 46 61 64

[R1] (Q) Sahaja Yamlapalli (IND,425) l. (6) Olivia Gadecki (AUS,140) 63 46 57

Prarthana Thombre made it to the yet another doubles semi final at W60 in Spain.

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