Indian challenge ended in singles at the Kolkata Open as the talented Ramkumar Ramanathan went down fighting against Taipei’s Ti Chen in the quarter-finals on Wednesday. The 20-year-old lost 4-6, 6-3, 6(5)-7 on the hardcourts of the Bengal Tennis Association (BTA) complex.
Ramkumar had another disappointing exit in doubles too, later on in the day. The Indian, who was partnering Divij Sharan, bowed out in straight sets in the quarters.
Ramkumar Ramanathan falls short
In the sixth game of the opening set, Ramkumar Ramanathan bagged the much-awaited break of serve, going up by 4-2. He, however, followed it with a poor service game to lose the lead and the score was levelled at 4-4. Ramkumar’s servicing woes continued as he dropped another service game, eventually allowing world number 230 Ti Chen to get away with the first set 6-4.
In the second set, the 20-year-old Indian seemed to be totally in control as he played some brilliant shots in the fourth game, thereby breaking Chen and stepping ahead with a lead of 4-1. The set progressed with hold of serves and ended with Ramkumar winning it by 6-3.
In the decider, the youngster displayed mixed form of play as he played some brilliant strokes from both the baseline as well as the net but at the same time netted 5 double faults. The decider went into the the tie-break and Ramkumar was even a mini-break up at 3-1, from where he lost 5 consecutive points to eventually lose the tiebreaker. The 31-year-old Ti Chen went on to win 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5). He entered the semi-finals with an assured 29 ATP points and $2,510 prize money.
Chen will face sixth-seeded Radu Albot in the semi-final who upset the second seed Alexander Kudryavtsev 7-6(5), 6-3.
Top seed James Duckworth in semis
Top-seed and world number 111 James Duckworth of Australia, had it easy against Egor Gerasimov, as the former won by 6-4, 6-2. In the semi-finals, Duckworth will face third-seeded Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium, who got the better of qualifier Richard Becker by a close 6-7(5), 7-6(8), 6-2 margin.
Ramkumar Ramanathan/Divij Sharan bow out of doubles
It was not a good day for Ramkumar Ramanathan as he exited the Kolkata Open doubles as well. The Australian duo of James Duckworth and Luke Saville beat the Indian pair of Ramanathan and Divij Sharan 6-1, 6-4 to enter the semis.