Prerna Bhambri picked up her second ITF title in as many weeks while relative unknown Haadin Bava reached his first ITF final as we recap the week in Indian tennis.
Haadin Bava Reaches First ITF Final
With most of the top names taking a break from the national circuit, the ITF Futures event in Raipur saw Mohit Mayur Jayaprakash, ranked No. 681 in the world, and Sidharth Rawat as the top seeds in the 32 player draw, which featured 30 Indian players. One of those two players – the fifth seeded Jui Chen Hung went on to win the title, beating 20-year-old Haadin Bava 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the final. Bava took advantage of the low-key field to reach his first Futures final , scoring wins over eighth seed Chandril Sood and top seed Jayaprakash en route to the final. It was also a good week for Ronit Singh Bisht, who upset the second seeded Sidharth Rawat to reach the semi-finals. Jayaprakash and Vinayak Kaza Sharma picked up the doubles title, with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Manish Sureshkumar/ Vignesh Veerabhadran. This was the second title of the season for the duo.
18-year-old Sumit Nagal chose to play the $15K Futures in Thailand where he was seeded third. Nagal was upset by eighth seed Puriwat Chatpatcharoen in the quarter-finals. Meanwhile, at the ITF Futures in Kuwait, Sagar Ahuja was beaten by local wild card Ali Ghareeb and also lost in the first round of the doubles event with Arpit Sharma.
Prerna Bhambri Wins Second Title in a Row
At the ITF $10K event in Gulbarga, Prerna Bhambri won her second ITF event in a row and her third in her last five tournaments with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Natasha Palha. Of the 30 Indian players in the draw, seventh seeded Eetee Mehata reached the semi-finals while Prarthana Thombare, Nidhi Chilumula and Sai Samhitha Chamarthi reached the quarter-finals. Fourth seeds Dhruthi Tatachar Venugopal/ Karman Kaur Thandi defeated Chilumula/ Maheta in the finals winning their second doubles title in as many weeks.
At the ITF $75K event in Japan, Ankita Raina was beaten by third seeded Swiss Stefanie Voegele 1-6, 4-6 in the first round while at the $10K event in Tunisia, Disha Satish Agarwal was knocked out by Mouna Bouzgarrou 0-6, 1-6.
In the latest rankings, Yuki Bhambri drops two spots to No. 93 while Saketh Myneni remains static at No. 171. Rohan Bopanna stays put at No. 9 in the doubles while Leander Paes is holding at No. 41. Among the women, Ankita Raina drops 2 spots to No. 255 while Prerna Bhambri jumps more than 60 spots to No. 473. Sania Mirza continues to hold on to the top spot, followed by Thombare at No. 294.