The local hero Ramkumar Ramanthan had a disappointing outing at the Chennai Open as he first lost his singles quarter-final match and then suffered a double blow in the doubles quarters to fellow countrymen Somdev Devvarman and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan.
Double set-back for Ramanathan at Chennai Open
Ramkumar Ramanathan showed fight as he entered court for his singles match against Aljaz Bedene. He ensured the first set for himself after a tough and long drawn battle winning 7-6 (7-5). But the following sets saw a ruthless Bedene take the match away from the clutches of the shining India. Ramanathan lost both the sets and was ousted from the tournament. The final score read 7-6, 6-4, 6-3.
However, Ramanathan would have hoped to make it count with a win in the doubles with partner N Sriram Balaji. But his tired legs didn’t seem to do him justice enough. After losing the opening set 6-4, Ramanathan and Balaji made a phenomenal comeback taking the next set 6-1 and forcing the game to the final set. Things did not turn so well for them later as Devvarman and Nedunchezhiyan had the last laugh winning 10-6.
Devvarman and Nedunchezhiyan have now set up a semi-final clash against the pair of Krajicek and Paire.