Rohan Bopanna made it to yet another semi-final on the ATP circuit in an otherwise lackluster week for Indians on the tennis circuit. Vishnu Vardhan and Yuki Bhambri also made the headlines in this week’s recap of Indian tennis.
Rohan Bopanna/ Florin Mergea Reach Another Semi Finals
For the fourth tournament in a row dating back to the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, Rohan Bopanna/ Florin Mergea reached the semi-finals, this time at the Citi Open in Washington where they were beaten by the top-ranked Bryan Brothers in straight sets 3-6, 4-6 in under an hour. Meanwhile, at the ATP Challenger in Segovia, Spain, Divij Sharan/ Konstantin Kravchuk scored a 6-4, 7-6 win over Hiroki Moriya/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan to reach the quarter-finals where they were beaten by second seeds Andreas Siljestrom/ Aliaksandr Bury 6-3, 6-7.
Indian youngster Ramkumar Ramanathan’s poor run of form continued as he bowed out in the second round of the ITF Futures in Illinois, United States. The second seed was beaten by qualifier Dominic Cotrone in a third set tie-breaker. Ramanathan has won only 2 matches in his last five events now, going back to early June. He did manage to reach the semi-finals with William Bushamuka where they were beaten by third seeds Gregoire Barrere/ Tom Jomby.
At the ITF Futures in Thailand, Vishnu Vardhan reached the semi-finals where he lost to top seed Ti Chen. Vardhan’s run included wins over the No. 8 seed Evgeny Karlovskiy and continues his impressive run in recent months, having gone 22-7 since April and climbing more than 300 spots in the rankings. Qualifier Kunal Anand and Mohit Mayur Jayaprakash reached the second round while first round exits included the third seed Sriram Balaji, Kaza Vinayak Sharma and Siddharth Rawat. In doubles, the top seeded duo of Balaji/ Vardhan reached the semi-finals where they were beaten by fourth seeds Mitchell/ Thompson. Anand/ Rawat and Jayaprakash/ Vinayak Sharma were beaten in the first round.
Another First Round Exit for Ankita Raina
On the women’s ITF circuit, sixth seeded Ankita Raina was beaten in the first round of the $25K event in Koksijde, Belgium losing to local qualifier Dejana Radanovic. Raina has now lost in the opening round of her last three events. Raina did make amends in the doubles with partner Bibiane Weijers, before eventually going down to top seeds Elise Mertens/ Demi Schuurs. In Egypt, second seed Sowjanya Bavisetti was ousted in the second round by Ireland’s Jenny Claffey in three sets while Bavisetti and partner Alexandra Riley were knocked out in the first round of the doubles event. Meanwhile in Turkey, Kyra Shroff was beaten in the first round by seventh seeded Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran in straight sets but reached the quarter-finals of the doubles draw with Kiwi partner Claudia Williams.
Yuki Bhambri is India’s No. 1
On the men’s side, Yuki Bhambri climbs one spot to No. 146 to become the top-ranked Indian singles player as Somdev Devvarman drops 6 spots to No. 148 while in doubles, Rohan Bopanna climbs one spot to No. 10 while Leander Paes jumps 2 spots to No. 33. On the women’s side, Sania Mirza retains the World No. 1 spot and is followed by Prarthana Thombare, who is down 3 spots at No. 296 and Sharmadaa Baluu drops 2 spots to No. 337. Raina remains at No. 233 in singles while Natasha Palha drops 37 spots to No. 556.