Sania Mirza came away with yet another prestigious title and climbs all the way to No. 3 in the world rankings while N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth won the ITF singles title in Tiruchirapalli.
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis Win Indian Wells
Playing their first tournament together, the newly formed pairing of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis made a successful debut. They won the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells with a win over Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in straight sets.
Mirza commented to the WTA Tour website that,
“So we’re really happy we weren’t just able to win, but win in such dominating fashion, not losing a set and being down just two times in the whole two weeks. She’s one of the best people who can complement the way I play. She’s got probably some of the best hands in the world at the net. For me, I need that. I need someone who can finish the balls off where I set them up. And that’s really it. Like I said, on paper everything looks great, but you still have to go out there. Names don’t do anything. You have to go out and win.”
The win also takes Mirza to a career-best No. 3 in the world doubles rankings and with the splitting of the top-ranked Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani, the Indian stands a chance to move up to World No. 1 in the coming months.
At the ATP Masters Series in Indian Wells, Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna both reached the second round with their respective partners Raaven Klaasen and Daniel Nestor.
Sanam Singh Reaches Shenzhen Challenger Semi-Finals
Sanam Singh reached the semi-finals of the ATP Challenger in Shenzhen – a run that included a win over the seventh seed Roberto Carballes Baena in the first round and second seed Aleksandr Nedovysev in the quarter-finals before going down to Brazil’s Andre Ghem in the semi-finals.
In the doubles event, Saketh Myneni and Divij Sharan reached the final with wins over second seeds Fabrice Martin/Purav Raja and third seeds Mao-Xin Gong and Hsien-Yin Peng.
At the Kazan Challenger, Yuki Bhambri reached the semi-finals with wins over third seed Illya Marchenko and eighth seed Andrea Arnoboldi before losing to eventual winner Aslan Karatsev.
Vijay Sundar Prashanth Wins ITF Futures in Tiruchirapalli
At the ITF Futures in Tiruchirapalli, N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth defeated top seeded Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-3, 6-4 to win the singles title – the 28 year old’s first ITF career singles title. Prashanth also knocked out the second seed Sriram Balaji in the semi-finals while third seeded Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and sixth seed Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan reached the quarter-finals.
Ramanathan did come away with the doubles title with partner Arun-Prakash Rajagopalan, beating Anvit Bendre and Akash Wagh in the final. This was the first doubles title on the ITF circuit for both players.
At the ITF women’s event in Egypt, India’s Snehadevi S. Reddy won two rounds before going down in the quarter-finals to Vera Lapko while Prarthana Thombare, seeded No. 8, reached the second round before going down to Britain’s Katie Swan, the qualifier who went on to win the title.
And at the ITF event in Tunisia, top seeds Sharmadaa Baluu and Fatma Al Nabhani reached the semi-finals before going down to the Romanian pair of Buzean/Ciufrila. Baluu was also beaten in the first round of the singles draw.
Rankings Update :
On the rankings side this week, the big story was Sania climbing to a career-best No. 3 in the world and is now less than 800 ranking points behind the Italians Errani/Vinci. In singles, Ankita Raina climbs 2 spots to No. 253 while Thombare climbs 4 spots to No. 487.
Among the men, Somdev Devvarman holds steady at No. 176 while Ramanathan climbs 10 spots to No. 247. Also, Bhambri climbs 27 spots to No. 257 and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan climbs 137 spots to No. 334 while Sanam Singh climbs 44 spots to no. 358.
In doubles, Paes drops 4 spots to No. 25 while Bopanna drops 1 spot to No. 26 and Myneni climbs 17 spots to No. 201.