(3) Yuki Bhambri (IND,137) bt (4) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,150) 46 63 64
This was Yuki's 1st Challenger title of 2017 and overall the 6th Challenger title ... It was an interesting match between India's top 2 players, Yuki scored a comeback win over RamKafter losing the first set ... In the first set, after exchanging early breaks RamK took crucial break in the 10th game when Yuki was serving for staying in the set ... In the second set, RamK committed five double faults to get broken in the 3rd game ... Yuki again broke RamK when he served for staying in the set in the 9th game for winning this set ... RamK played much control game in the third set ... At 5-4 Yuki took a medical timeout and after restarting he completed a win breaking RamK in the 10th game.
In this match, RamK tried too many things on the court ... He tried to finish point as early as possible, and tried to serve big ... Trying that he made a lot of unforced errors and committed double faults ... Other hand, Yuki played his normal game ... He constructed points and was hitting some excellent passing shots ... A medical time out was worrying sign but hopefully, that was minor injury issue ... So hoping for another cracking final between these two in Banglore.
At $75K Champaign Challenger 2017, Illinois, USA
(1) Leander Paes (IND)/ Purav Raja (IND) bt (3) Ruan Roelofse (RSA)/ Joe Salisbury (GBR) 63 67(5) 10-5
Lee-Purav lifted their second Challenger title in two weeks ... They defeated Roelofse-Salisbury in the match tie-break ... These two titles will keep Lee and Purav around 60s in the ranking ... This was Lee's 5th challenger title of the year and Purav's 3rd Challenger title.
At $100K+H Bangalore Challenger 2017, Karnataka, India
[R1] (WC) Vishnu Vardhan (IND,513) vs Mario Vilella Martinez (ESP,395)
[R1] Sumit Nagal (IND,328) vs (Q) N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND,622)
[R1] (3) Yuki Bhambri (IND,137) vs N.Sriram Balaji (IND,352)
[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran(IND,253) vs (6) Evan King (USA,197)
[R1] (5) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,150) vs Hugo Grenier (FRA,431)
[R1] (Q) Sidharth Rawat (IND,527) vs Jay Clarke (GBR,288)
[R1] (WC) Suraj R. Prabodh (IND,1219) vs (4) Elias Ymer (SWE,146)
[R1] (WC) Saketh Myneni (IND,912) vs (WC) Dalwinder Singh (IND,1015)
[R1] (1) Mikhail Elgin (RUS)/ Divij Sharan (IND) vs Geoffrey Blancaneaux (FRA)/ Jay Clarke (ENG)
[R1] N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) vs Sumit Nagal (IND)/ Elias Ymer (SWE)
[R1] (3) N.Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) vs Pedja Krstin (SRB)/ Tsung-Hua Yang (TPE)
[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) vs (WC) Suraj R. Prabodh (IND)/ Nitin Kumar Sinha (IND)
[R1] (WC) Kunal Anand (IND)/ Anvit Bendre (IND) vs Ivan Sabanov (CRO)/ Matej Sabanov (CRO)
[R1] (WC) Chandril Sood (IND)/ Lakshit Sood (IND) vs (2) Brydan Klein (GBR)/ Marc Polmans (AUS)
The main draw is out, this week also Yuki and RamK r different draw and can meet in the final only ... Prajnesh is again facing Evan King ... Saki is facing another wildcard entrant Dalwinder ... Vishnu is facing Spaniard Vilella Martinez ... RamK is facing below 400 ranked Frenchman Hugo ... Yuki is facing Bala in the first round ... VSP and Sidharth qualified for the main draw taking advantage of a weaker draw ... VSP is facing Sumit and Sid is facing Jay Clarke.
In the doubles, our seeded pairs and all top doubles players r in the top draw ... So, chances r high of Indian pair in the final from the top draw ... Sood twins have received a wild card but facing 2nd seed pair.
At $115K L&T Mumbai Open 2017, Maharashtra, India
[Q1] Pranjala Yadlapalli (IND,497) l (1) Ana Bogdan (ROU,110) 06 06
[Q1] (WC) Natasha Palha (IND,767) l (2) Deniz Khazaniuk (ISR,270) 16 06
[Q1] Nidhi Chilumula (IND,871) l (7) Anna Morgina (RUS,330) 16 36
[Q1] Riya Bhatia (IND,544) l (5) Alize Lim (FRA,305) 36 06
[R1] (WC) Rutuja Bhosale (IND,604) vs (Q) Deniz Khazaniuk (ISR,270)
[R1] (WC) Ankita Raina (IND,281) vs Veronika Kudermetova (RUS,255)
[R1] (WC) Zeel Desai (IND,790) vs (7) Carol Zhao (CAN,150)
[R1] (WC) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,312) vs Dalila Jakupovic (SLO,242)
[R1] (WC) Riya Bhatia (IND)/ Natasha Palha (IND) vs (1) Oksana Kalashnikova (GEO)/ Veronika Kudermetova (RUS)
[R1] Rutuja Bhosale (IND)/ Ankita Raina (IND) vs Victoria Rodriguez (MEX)/ Bibiane Schoofs (NED)
[R1] Hiroko Kuwata (JPN)/ Prarthana Thombare (IND) vs (4) Julia Glushko (ISR)/ Priscilla Hon (AUS)
[R1] Karman Kaur Thandi (IND)\ Pranjala Yadlapalli (IND) vs Naiktha Bains (AUS)/ Fanny Stollar (HUN)
In main draw, we can hope upsets from Karman and Ankita ... Zeel and Rutuja having lot tougher matches considering their current level of play.
In the doubles, Prarthana and her Japanese partner r facing 4th seed pair ... Rutuja and Ankita can be a good pair, let's see how they perform ... Another interesting pairing is of Karman and Pranjala, they r facing Bains-Stollar.
Feeling bad that the organizers didn't give main draw wild card to Pranjala ... She faced a tough match against the last-minute enterant top-100 type Bogdan and bagelled by her ... Our all players lost in the one-sided matches.
At $15K Vietnam F2 Futures 2017, Thu Dau Mot City
[SF] (4) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,426) l Jonathan Gray (GBR,650) 16 16
The one-sided bad loss for Sasi.