India Tennis Weekly – Ramkumar Ramanathan Ends Season With Second Round Loss

With the women’s WTA season officially over and the ATP Tour taking a break before its World Tour Finals, it was a low-key week on the tennis circuit. Ramkumar Ramanathan reached the second round in the Italy Challenger while Ankita Raina won a match for the first time since July.

All this and more in our weekly update on Indian tennis.

Ramkumar Ramanathan

Ramkumar Ramanathan reached the second round of the ATP Challenger

Ramkumar Ramanathan Ends Season With 2nd Round Loss in Italy Challenger

India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan ended his 2015 season by reaching the second round of the ATP Challenger event in Ortisei, Italy. The 21-year-old defeated qualifier Viktor Galovic in straight sets in the first round before bowing down to top seed Ricardas Berankis 5-7, 2-6 in the second round. Ramanathan also reached the quarter-finals of the doubles event with partner Matteo Volante. The duo were beaten  by Tomasz Bednarek and Denys Molchanov in straight sets.

Meanwhile, at the ATP Challenger in Kobe, Japan, Divij Sharan and partner Andriej Kapas reached the doubles quarter-finals where they went down to the top seeded Ratiwatana twins in straight sets.

Rishab Agarwal Continues Good Run on ITF Circuit

19-year-old Rishab Agarwal reached the quarter-finals of the ITF event in the US where he received a special exemption into the main draw based on his recent results. Agarwal lost to Jean-Yves Aubone in the quarter-finals in three sets but has had a good run on the ITF circuit – winning 10 of his last 13 matches on the tour.

18-year-old Sasi Kumar Mukund reached the second round of the ITF $10K in Egypt where he was beaten by Santiago Fa Rodriguez Taverna. Mukund and partner Marko Tepavac also reached the quarter-finals of the doubles event.

Ankita Raina Ends 10 Match Losing Streak

India’s Ankita Raina ended her 10 match losing streak dating back to July with a first round win over Marina Melnikova in straight sets before going down to seventh seed Ipek Soylu in the second round 5-7, 2-6. Soylu also happened to foil Raina’s bid in the doubles as the Turkish woman and partner Elise Mertens defeated Raina and Angelina Gabueva in straight sets.

Rankings Update

Yuki Bhambri drops 3 spots to No. 91 this week while Saketh Myneni drops 5 spots to No. 173.  In the doubles, Rohan Bopanna holds on to the 12th spot while Leander Paes stays put at No. 41.  Among the women, Ankita Raina climbs 4 spots to No. 243 while Rishika Sunkara drops 4 spots to No. 445 while Sania Mirz retains the top spot in the doubles followed by Prarthana Thombare at No. 289

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