As we celebrate Rohan Bopanna’s birthday today, Indian tennis weekly covers his doubles win at a ATP tour event.
In other events Sania Mirza reaches a WTA final and Somdev Devvarman/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan combined to win an ATP Doubles Challenger title. All this and more in our weekly recap of Indian tennis.
Rohan Bopanna Wins Second Title of the Season
At the ATP Dubai Open, Rohan Bopanna and Daniel Nestor defeated Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi/ Nenad Zimonjic 6-4, 6-1 to win their second title of the season and the 12th of his career. But after reaching the finals last week, Leander Paes/ Raven Klaasen bowed out in the first round, going down to Jamie Murray/ John Peers.
Sania Mirza Reaches Doha Final; Finds New Partner
At the Qatar Open in Doha, top seeds Sania Mirza and Su-Wei Hsieh reached the final where they were beaten by fourth seeds Raquel Kops Jones/ Abigail Spears. After the tournament, Mirza and Hsieh decided to split ways after mediocre results this season. Sania will now partner Swiss legend Martina Hingis while Hsieh will team up with Hingis’ partner Flavia Pennetta.
Devvarman/Nedunchezhiyan win Kolkata Challenger Doubles Title
At the ATP Challenger in Kolkata, youngster Ramkumar Ramanathan turned in the best performance by an Indian as he reached the quarter-finals where he was beaten by Ti Chen. Ramanathan scored a big win in the first round where he knocked off the fourth seed and Indian No. 1 Somdev Devvarman in three sets. Sanam Singh and Yuki Bhambri also reached the second round in the singles. The doubles title was won by Devvarman and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, who got a walkover from the Aussie duo James Duckworth and Lukas Saville. This was their first doubles challenger title. Meanwhile, at the ATP Challenger in Japan, Karunuday Singh lost in the first round to sixth seeded Ze Zhang, of China, and did also reach the semi-finals of the doubles with Andrew Whittington.
Indian Women Flop at ITF Aurangabad
It was another disappointing week for the Indian women at the ITF $25K event in Aurangabad with only 2 of the 10 Indians in the draw reaching the second round. Wild card entrant Rishika Sunkara was beaten in the second round by Kai-Lin Zhang while Bhuvana Kulva was beaten by eventual runner-up Xinyun Han, who went down to Slovakia’s Dalila Jakupovic in the final. As the fifth seed, Ankita Raina was expected to go deep in the draw but was knocked out in the first round itself by qualifier Ching-Wen Hsu. The Indians also flopped in the doubles draw with only Nidhi Chilumula and Prarthana Thomabre winning a round.
In the doubles rankings, Paes and Bopanna hold steady at the 21st and 25th position while Neduchezhiyan and Devvarman jump up 59 spots and 54 spots to No. 232 and No. 243 respectively following their Challenger win. In the singles rankings, Devvarman drops 20 spots to No. 175 while 232 Saketh Myneni climbs 4 spots to No. 232, Ramanathan climbs 13 spots to No. 254 and Bhambri climbs 16 spots to No. 281.
Among the women, Sania holds on to No. 5 in doubles while 344 -Prarthana Thombare climbs 9 spots to No. 344 and Nidhi Chiumula climbs 24 spots to No. 440. In the singles, Ankita Raina climbs 10 spots to No. 254 while Thombare jumps 2 spots to No. 488.