Yuki Bhambri put up a good show last week, reaching the semi-finals of the ATP Challenger event in Taipei. And, while our top doubles stars did not make much noise, Karunuday Singh and the pair of Somdev Devvarman/Sanam Singh reached doubles finals in Challenger events to cap a decent week for Indian tennis.
Yuki Bhambri Reaches Challenger Semis in China
It was a good week for the Indians on the ATP Challenger Tour with Yuki Bhambri making it all the way to the semi-finals in Taipei. Bhambri’s run included a win over eighth seed Jimmy Wang and third seed Go Soeda, the World No. 88.
Finally, the run came to an end at the hands of second seed and eventual champion Sam Groth 4-6, 5-7. The result ensures Bhambri is back inside the Top 200 this week.
At the same event, Saketh Myneni retired injured in the first round to Hiroki Moriya while Ramkumar Ramanathan also went down in the first round. In the doubles event, Bhambri/Myneni reached the quarters before going down to the Ratiwatana twins.
At An-Ning Challenger in China, Karunuday Singh beat the No. 8 seed David Perez Sanz 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 but went down to Duck Lee-Hee in the second round while N Vijay Sundar Prashanth was beaten by fifth seed Tsung-Hua Yang in the first round. Doubles specialist Divij Sharan qualified for the main draw and won a round before losing to Yan Bai 4-6, 6-7, earning back his singles ranking in the process.
In doubles, Karunuday Singh/Andrew Whittington reached the final where they lost to Yan Bai/Di Wu while the top-seeded duo of Sharan/Boy Westerhof were beaten in the quarters by James Duckworth/Perez Sanz.
And finally, at the ATP Challenger in Tallahassee, Somdev Devvarman and Sanam Singh made it to the doubles final where they were beaten by Dennis Novikov/Julio Peralta 2-6, 3-6. In the singles draw, Devvarman lost to Emilio Gomez 4-6, 2-6 in the second round.
Leander Paes/Radek Stepanek reunite but Exit in Munich Quarters
On the ATP Tour, Leander Paes reunited with former partner and best buddy Radek Stepanek, who is coming back from his injury lay-off. But they were beaten in the quarter-finals of the ATP Munich event by top seeds Alexander Peya/Bruno Soares whereas Purav Raja/Fabrice Martin exited in the first round to Bury/Gabashvili at the ATP Istanbul event.
Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan Reaches Doubles Final in Nigeria
Over on the ITF Circuit, top-seeded Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan reached the singles quarter-finals losing to Keith-Patrick Crowley in Nigeria. He also made the doubles final with partner Matija Pecotic, bowing out to Baughman/Quigley.
In Spain, Sasikumar Mukund went down to Pablo Vivero Gonzalez in the second round while Siddharth Rawat reached the second round in Thailand, losing to Yong Kyu Lim.
Meanwhile, in Egypt, seventh-seeded Dhruthi Tatachar Venugopal reached the quarters losing to Anastasia Grymalska. She also reached the quarter-finals of doubles with Jazzamay Drew.
Sania Mirza Continues to Lead Doubles Rankings
Sania Mirza continues her reign atop the women’s world doubles rankings for the fourth week in a row whereas Ankita Raina drops 9 spots to No. 291. Raina is at no. 235 in the singles rankings while Prarthana Thombare drops 31 spots to No. 527.
On the men’s side, Somdev Devvarman drops 4 spots to No. 173 while Bhambri jumps 30 spots to No. 186 and Karunuday Singh jumps 85 spots to No. 692. In the doubles rankings, Paes holds on to the No. 23 spot while Bopanna climbs 2 spots to No. 24.