Saturday, May 12, 2018

Tennis News

At $60K ITF Women's Tournament 2018, Luan, China

P.C. to Ankita FB page
[QF] (3) Ankita Raina (IND,194) l (6) Fang Ying Xun (CHN,290) 76(5) 36 67(3)
[QF] (5) Karman Kaur Thandi (IND,270) l (4) Harriet Dart (GBR,214) 62 26 36

Doubles
[SF] (3) Harriet Dart (GBR)/ Ankita Raina (IND) bt Shuo Feng (CHN)/ Jia-Qi Kang (CHN) 26 75 10-5
[SF] (4) Hanyu Guo (CHN)/ Karman Kaur Thandi (IND) l Fangzhou Liu (CHN)/ Fang Ying Xun (CHN) 36 76(4) 6-10

Doubles Final
(3) Harriet Dart (GBR)/ Ankita Raina (IND) bt Fangzhou Liu (CHN)/ Fang Ying Xun (CHN) 63 63

Surprising loss of Ankita in the quarters ... She struggled with her consistent play and bad umpiring ... After winning the first set she lost the second ... In the third set, Ankita was a break down at 2-3 but he immediately broke for 3-all ... But in the tie-break, she failed to challenge Xun ... Karman also lost in three sets against Dart after winning the first set. In the doubles Ankita lifted the title with Harriet Dart, they defeated local pair comfortably ... Before that, they scored a comeback win over Chinese pair after losing the first ... But Karman and Guo failed to do the same and lost in the match tie-break.

At $150K+H Busan Challenger 2018, Korea

[R1] (2) Yuki Bhambri (IND,86) vs (SE) Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN,362)

Yuki is coming out of injury and playing in Busan challenger ... A tricky first round match against former top-60 Japanese Nishioka, who is also playing after a long injury break.

At $75K+H Samarkand Challenger 2018, Uzbekistan

[Q1] (8) Vijay Sunder Prashanth (IND,469) bt (WC) Pavel Tsoy (UZB,1072) 64 61
[Q1] Vishnu Vardhan (IND,685) l (2) Roman Safiulin (RUS,385) 26 67(6)
[Q1] N. Sriram Balaji (IND,549) bt (7) Vladyslav Manafov (UKR,468) 64 76(5)
[Q1] (4) Arjun Kadhe (IND,400) bt Vladimir Ivanov (EST,712) 46 76(4) 76(6)
[Q1] Siddharth Rawat (IND,512) l Mikhail Fufygin (RUS,575) 36 67(7)
[Q1] (6) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,422) bt Shuichi Sekiguchi (JPN,515) 64 76(5)

[Q2] (8) Vijay Sunder Prashanth (IND,469) vs Khumoyon Sultanov (UZB,844)
[Q2] N. Sriram Balaji (IND,549) vs Mikhail Elgin (RUS,837)
[Q2] (4) Arjun Kadhe (IND,400) vs Manual Pana Lopez (ARG,630)
[Q2] (6) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,422) vs Mikhail Fufygin (RUS,575)

Expected win for Sasi, VSP and Arjun in the qualifying, but Arjun needed to dig deep after losing the first set ... He won next two sets in the tie-breaks ... Bala scored an upset win over top-500 Manafov, but Sid lost against lower ranked Russian.

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