Rohan Bopanna and Mohit Mayur Jayaprakash hit the headlines in a relatively quiet week for Indian tennis.
Rohan Bopanna Beats Leander Paes in Rotterdam
In a match between India’s two top doubles stars, Rohan Bopanna and Daniel Nestor, seeded fourth, got past Leander Paes/Raven Klaasen in the first round of the ATP ABN AMRO event in Rotterdam before the Indo-Canadian duo were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Dominic Inglot/Florin Mergea.
Mohit Mayur Reaches ITF Sri Lanka Semi-Finals
21-year-old Mohit Mayur Jayaprakash reached the semi-finals of the ITF Futures in Sri Lanka where he was beaten by the third seed Miljan Zekic. Mayur Prakash, ranked No. 1381 in the world, was only one of five Indians to get past the first round in Sri Lanka.
At the ITF Sri Lanka Futures, Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan reached the doubles semis with partner Christopher Rungkat.
Meanwhile, Somdev Devvarman suffered another heavy defeat – this time in the first round of the ATP Launceston Challenger – going down to Aussie Christopher O’ Connell 2-6, 1-6. At the same event, Sanam Singh was beaten by Brydan Klein 7-6, 6-7, 6-2.
At the women’s ITF Futures in Tunisia, Sharrmadaa Baluu reached the doubles semi-finals with partner Carolin Daniels and also reached the second round in singles.
Devvarman drops 6 spots to No. 153; Saketh Myneni drops one spot to No. 258; and Ramkumar Ramanathan climbs one spot to No. 272 in the latest singles rankings. In doubles, Paes and Bopanna hold steady at No. 23 and 25 respectively.
Sania Mirza climbs one spot back to No. 5 in the latest doubles rankings while Ankita Raina drops 5 spots to No. 270 while she stays put at No. 242 in the singles rankings. Baluu is up 6 spots to No.363 in doubles.