Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tennis News

At $50K Kolkata Challenger, India

[QF] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,267) l Ti Chen (TPE,230) 46 63 67(5)

RamK lose in three sets against Ti Chen in another close match ... After losing the first set RamK made strong comeback when he broke Ti Chen early in the second ... With that break advantage RamK won the second set ... In the third RamK take first break in 7th game to lead 4-3 but Ti Chen immediately responded breaking RamK in 8th game, 4-all ... In tie-break Ti Chen proved better player as he converted his chances for completing victory.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tennis News

At $50K Kolkata Challenger, India

[R2] (WC) Sanam Singh (IND,417) l (1) James Duckworth (AUS,111) 26 16
[R2] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,267) bt Miki Jankovic (SRB,402) 61 57 75
[R2] Yuki Bhambri (IND,297) l (6) Rado Albot (MDA,164) 36 62 16

[QF] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,267) vs Ti Chen (TPE,230)

Turn to be terrible day for Indians as Yuki lose his match in three sets against Albot ... Sanam fails to challenge Duckworth in one-sided loss.

RamK survive big scare from Jankovic ... After dominating the first set RamK struggled from the second set ... Jankovic won the second set breaking RamK in 12th game ... In the final set RamK take early break and leading 4-2 but Jankovic broke him in 8th game to bring the set on serve ... RamK take crucial break in 11th game before holding his serve for a win ... Next he is facing experienced Ti Chen for place in the semi-final.

At $25K ITF Women's Tournament, Aurangabad, India

[R2] (Q) Bhuvana Kalva (IND) l (8) Xinyun Han (CHN) 26 26
[R2] (Q) Rishika Sunkara (IND) l (2) Kai-Lin Zhang (CHN) 16 26

As expected losses for our girls against higher ranked opponents.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tennis News

At $50K Kolkata Challenger, India

[R1] (Q) N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND,502) l (1) James Duckworth (AUS,112) 36 63 36
[R1] (WC) Sumit Nagal (IND,1329) l Egor Gerasimov (BLR,262) 57 57
[R1] N.Sriram Balaji (IND,348) vs (Q) Richard Becker (GER,425) 57 57
[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,267) bt (4) Somdev Devvarman (IND,155) 46 63 64
[R1] Yuki Bhambri (IND,414) bt Enrique Lopez Perez (ESP,224) 62 62
[R1] (WC) Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,UNR) l (2) Alexander Kudryavtsev (RUS,135) 36 67(7)

Buji fail to keep his momentum of winning Delhi title as he lose his match against compatriot RamK in three sets ... After losing the first set RamK made strong comeback for completing win against confident Buji.

Yuki score dominating win over top-225 Spanish player Enrique Lopez Perez losing only 4 games but his niggling injury is worrisome.

Other hand excellent fighting performance by Vijay Sundar, Sumit and Prajnesh against higher ranked opponents ... But this time our only three players in singles second round.

At $50K+H Kyoto Challenger, Japan

[R1] (PR) Karunuday Singh (IND,499) l (6) Ze Zhang (CHN,187) 36 46

[R1] Andre Whittington (AUS)/ Karunuday Singh (IND) bt Liang-Chi Huang (TPE)/ Yuichi Sugita (JPN) 76(11) 26 10-8

KU play in Kyoto challenger ... In the singles he faced Chinese top singles player Zhang and lost in straight sets ... But in the doubles he start with win against Huang-Sugita with his Australian partner.
At $25K ITF Women's Tournament, Aurangabad, India

[R1] (WC) Prarthana G. Thombare (IND) l (1) Magda Linette (POL) 36 57
[R1] (Q) Snehadevi S. Reddy (IND) l DalilaJakupovic (SLO) 46 16
[R1] (Q) Sai Vaishnavi Peddi Reddy (IND) Katy Dunne (GBR) 46 36
[R1] (WC) Natasha Palha (IND) l Marie Benoit (BEL) 26 26
[R1] (5) Ankita Raina (IND) l Ching-Wen Hsu (TPE) 67(6) 26
[R1] (Q) Bhuvana Kalva (IND) bt Naomi Cavaday (GB) 16 75 64
[R1] (Q) Nidhi Chilumula (IND) l (7) Tadeja Majeric (SLO) 67|(4) 16
[R1] (Q) Rishika Sunkara (IND) bt (Q) Mihika Yadav (IND) 26 46
[R1] (WC) Rashmi Teltumbde (IND) l (2) Kai-Lin Zhang (CHN) 26 36

[R2] (Q) Bhuvana Kalva (IND) vs (8) Xinyun Han (CHN)
[R2] (Q) Rishika Sunkara (IND) vs (2) Kai-Lin Zhang (CHN)

Only Bhuvana and Rishika manage to cross first hurdle ... Ankita has terrible two weeks in these Indian ITF tournaments.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Tennis News

At $50K Kolkata Challenger, India

[R1] (Q) N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND,502) l (1) James Duckworth (AUS,112) 36 63 36
[R1] (WC) Sanam Singh (IND,564) bt (WC) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND,390) 26 62 60
[R1] Saketh Myneni (IND,258) l (7) Alex Bolt (AUS,167) 57 46
[R1] (Q) Kaza Vinayak Sharma (IND,808) l (Q) Kevin Krawietz (GER,530) 26 67(4)

After losing the first set Sanam make solid comeback for winning next two sets losing only 2 games ... In this match Jeevan started positively and won the first set comfortably ... But from the second set Sanam found his range and then he dominated the match.

Vijay Sundar stretch top-seed Duckworth to three sets ... After losing the first set Vijay Sundar fought back to win the second but failed to keep momentum in the third ... Kaza also lose in straight sets against his German opponent.

Saki fail to convert his spirited performance in a win ... Bolt proved better player than Saki as he stopped Saki's challenge in entertaining match.

Tennis News

At Delray Beach International Tennis Championship 2015, USA

(2) Raven Klaasen (RSA)/ Leander Paes (IND) l (1) Mike Bryan (USA)/ Bob Bryan (USA) 36 63 6-10

[SF] (2) Raven Klaasen (RSA)/ Leander Paes (IND) bt Bernard Tomic (AUS)/ Viktor Troicki (ROM) 64 64

In the final Lee-Raven lose against Bryans in match tie-break ... After losing the first set our pair fought back to win the second but Bryans proved too strong in match tie-break ... Before that in the semis Lee-Raven scored anther comfortable straight sets win over Tomic-Troicki.
At Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship, Australia (WTA Premier)

[R1] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) bye

[R2] (1) Sania Mirza (IND)/ Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) l Ally Kudryavtseva (RUS)/ Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 46 64 7-10

Sania and Su-Wei pairing in still not clicking ... In Dubai open they lose second round match against Russian pair in match tie-break.
At $100K Delhi Challenger, India

Singles Final
(5) Somdev Devvarman (IND,153) bt Yuki Bhambri (IND,414) 36 64 60

[SF] (5) Somdev Devvarman (IND,153) bt Kimmer Coppejans (BEL,183) 61 63
[SF] Yuki Bhambri (IND,414) bt (4) Ruben Bemelmans (BEL,144) 46 63 75

[QF] (5) Somdev Devvarman (IND,153) bt (WC) Sanam Singh (IND,564) 46 61 63
[QF] Saketh Myneni (IND,258) l Kimmer Coppejans (BEL,183) 46 36
[QF] Yuki Bhambri (IND,414) bt (7) Radu Albot (MDA,165) 76(3) 63

Buji lifts his fourth challenger title after successfully defending Delhi challenger title ... Buji beats Yuki in three sets and frankly speaking this performance come out of nowhere ... Before this Buji was struggling on the tour and was losing to anybody ... Here in the first round he got lucky break but afterwards he improved his performance after each round ... In the quarters after losing the first set he take control to beat Sanam ... In the semis he dominated Belgian Kimmer from the start ... In the final he faced Yuki, he was in really good form after his good showing at Australian open ... Yuki started aggressively and broke Buji twice for winning the first set ... After that Buji fought back and he made sure that he retrieved everything ... After that Yuki struggled as Buji made him to play extra shot ... Yuki started to make unforced errors ... Buji won the second set and then in the third it was one-sided affair ... Yuki failed to win a single game and gave match to Buji with his unforced errors ... Yuki need to learn tactic of keeping focus ... Still really good tournament for Yuki as he will be back in top-300 with these 60 ATP points.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tennis News

At Delray Beach International Tennis Championship 2015, USA

[QF] (2) Raven Klaasen (RSA)/ Leander Paes (IND) bt Treat Huey (PHI)/ Scott Lipsky (USA) 63 64

Lee-Raven score comfortable straight sets win over Huey-Lipsky for entering into the semis.
At $100K Delhi Challenger, India

[R2] (WC) Sanam Singh (IND,564) bt (1) James Duckworth (AUS,112) 36 75 64
[R2] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,272) l (7) Radu Albot (MDA,165) 46 26
[R2] (5) Somdev Devvarman (IND,153) bt Nicola Metkic (CRO,266) 64 62
[R2] Yuki Bhambri (IND,414) bt Egor Gerasimov (BLR,260) 63 63

[QF] (5) Somdev Devvarman (IND,153) vs (WC) Sanam Singh (IND,564)
[QF] Saketh Myneni (IND,258) vs Kimmer Coppejans (BEL,183)
[QF] Yuki Bhambri (IND,414) vs (7) Radu Albot (MDA,165)

[QF] Saketh Myneni (IND)/ Sanam Singh (IND) l Egor Gerasimov (BLR)/ Alexander Kudryavtsev (RUS) 57 67(4)
[QF] (WC) N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) bt Toni Androic (CRO)/ Pedja Krstin (SRB)

Sanam score huge comeback win to beat top-seed Duckworth ... After losing the first set Sanam digged deep for winning the second ... In the final set Sanam took crucial break in 5th game to lead 3-2 ... Afterwards he kept that lead for excellent win.

RamK struggles against Radu in this match ... After losing the first set Radu broke him in 1st game to lead 2-0 in the second ... With another service break Radu scored comfortable win.

Yuki score convincing win over Egor ... With early break Yuki won the first set ... In the second set Egor broke him early but Yuki immediately broke back and with couple of more breaks he completed victory ... Next he is facing Radu Albot.

I m surprise by Buji's this win considering his recent dreadful form ... Buji score dominating win over Metkic without any hiccup ... In the quarters he is facing his best friend Sanam.

Bala-Vishnu move into semis with win over Androic-Krstin but other hand favorite Sanam-Saki lose their match in close two sets against Gerasimov-Kudryavtsev.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tennis News

At $100K Delhi Challenger, India

[R2] Saketh Myneni (IND,258) bt Mohmed Safwat (EGY,264) 62 63

[R1] Somdev Devvarman (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) l Egor Gerasimov (BLR)/ Alexander Kudryavtsev (RUS) 67(4) 76(5) 9-11
[R1] (WC) Chandril Sood (IND)/ Lakshit Sood (IND) l Dino Marcan (CRO)/ Antonio Sancic (CRO) 67(4) 36
[R1] (WC) N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) l Toni Androic (CRO)/ Pedja Krstin (SRB) 67(4) 64 8-10
[R1] (WC) N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) bt (2) Divij Sharan (IND)/ Radu Albot (MDA) 62 75

[QF] Saketh Myneni (IND)/ Sanam Singh (IND) vs Egor Gerasimov (BLR)/ Alexander Kudryavtsev (RUS)
[QF] (WC) N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) vs Toni Androic (CRO)/ Pedja Krstin (SRB)

Saki enter into the quarters with comfortable win ... Safwat failed to produce any challenge to Saki and he rolled on for dominating win.

In the doubles Bala-Vishnu score upset win over 2nd seed Divij-Radu in straight sets ... Bad start of year for Divij as he is still searching for his first win for a season ... Buji-Jeevan lose very close match against Eastern European pair in match tie-break ... Vijay Sundar-RamK also lose in match tie-break ... Sood twins lose in straight sets against Croatian pair.

At $25K ITF Women's Tournament, Delhi, India

[R2] (Q) Dhruthi Tatachar Venugopal (IND,1112) l (7) Tadeja Majeric (SLO,235) 26 46

Expected loss but overall terrific performance by young Dhruthi in this tournament as she scored back to back four wins over higher ranked foreigners.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tennis News

At $2M ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, Rotterdam, Netherlands

[QF] (4) Daniel Nestor (CAN)/ Rohan Bopanna (IND) l Dominic Inglot (GBR)/ Florin Mergea (ROU) 16 36

Last week Rohan-Daniel lost their match one-sided against young Inglot-Mergea in the quarters.
At Delray Beach International Tennis Championship 2015, USA

[R1] (2) Raven Klaasen (RSA)/ Leander Paes (IND) bt Malek Jaziri (TUN)/ Marinko Matosevic (AUS) 63 76(0)

This week Lee-Raven r playing at Delray Beach ... They start with straight sets win over Jaziri-Matosevic in the first round.
At $100K Delhi Challenger, India

[Q3] (2) N.Sriram Balaji (IND,356) bt (8) Andrew Whittington (AUS,481) 75 64
[Q3] N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND,560) bt (1) Jaime Pulgar-Garcia (ESP,313) 62 62

[R1] (WC) Vishnu Vardhan (INd,) l Pedja Krstin (SRB,) 46 57
[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,272) bt (Q) Richard Becker (GBR,438) 46 76(3) 64
[R1] Saketh Myneni (IND,262) bt (WC) Karunuday Singh (IND,499) 75 62
[QF] (5) Somdev Devvarman (IND,153) bt Antonio Veic (CRO,234) 46 2-0 retd.
[R1] (Q) N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND,560) l Nikola Metkic (CRO,266) 67(5) 76(5) 67(5)
[R1] Yuki Bhambri (IND,414) bt (2) Alexander Kudryavtsev (RUS,129) 75 76(2)
[R1] (Q) N.Sriram Balaji (IND,356) l (6) Luke Saville (AUS,161) 46 26
[R1] (WC) Sanam Singh (IND,564) bt Fabrice Martin (FRA,349) 61 46 62

[R1] Saketh Myneni (IND)/ Sanam Singh (IND) bt (1) Fabrice Martin (FRA)/ Purav Raja (IND) 64 75

Vijay Sundar and Bala qualified for main-draw with straight sets win in the final qualifying round ... In that Vijay Sundar scored emphatic win over top-seed Spanish player in straight sets.

In main-draw also Vijay Sundar gives valiant efforts against his Croatian opponent Metkic ... Vijay Sundar lose closely fought match in three tie-breaks ... Other hand RamK score comeback win over tricky British opponent ... Sanam also score three sets win over Frenchman and Purav's doubles partner Martin ... Yesterday Saki scored expected straight sets win over KU.

Yuki score impressive win over top-130 Russian Kudryavtsev in straight sets ... Kudryavtsev broke Yuki in 1st game of the match but afterwards Yuki played superb tennis ... First he broke Kudryavtsev for bring the set on serve and then broke Kudryavtsev in 12th game for winning first set ... In the second set he matched Kudryavtsev before taking into tie-break, which Yuki won it comfortably.

With his current form this is a lucky break for Buji as his opponent retired from the match ... Though Buji was break up in the second set after losing first ... Bala fail to pose challenge in his match against sixth seed.

In the doubles Saki-Sanam start with upset win over top-seed Purav-Fabrice in straight sets ... This is huge win considering couple of weeks ago Purav-Fabrice were reached the final of ATP tournament.

At $25K ITF Women's Tournament, Delhi, India

[R1] (Q) Dhruthi Tatachar Venugopal (IND,1112) bt (Q) Katherina Lehnert (PHI,564) 36 76 60
[R1] (8) Ankita Raina (IND,242) l (Q) Olga Savchuk (UKR,263) 46 46
[R1] (WC) Prerna Bhambri (IND,846) l (4) Junri Namigata (JPN,193) 26 26
[R1] (WC) Prarthana G. Thombare (IND,489) l (7) Tadeja Majeric (SLO,235) 26 26
[R1] (WC) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,901) l Ya-Hsuan Lee (TPE,400) 16 64 26
[R1] (Q) Nidhi Chilumula (IND,608) l (Q) Peangtarn Plipuech (THA,492) 26 46
[R1] Sowjanya Bavisetti (IND,1008) l (Q) Cristina Ene (ROU,462) 46 5-4 retd.

[R2] (Q) Dhruthi Tatachar Venugopal (IND,1112) vs (7) Tadeja Majeric (SLO,235)

Only qualifier Dhruthi Tatachar Venugopal managed to win her match, otherwise all our players lose their first round matches in disappointing show.

This was Dhruthi's fourth win against higher ranked foreigners ... Before first round win she also scored huge win in the final qualifying ... She defeated current top-400 and former top-200 British player Naomi Cavaday in straights sets ... In the second round she is facing top-250 player Tadeja Majeric.