While the International Premier Tennis League has been at the centre of the Indian tennis scene for the past week, there were some Indian players still grinding away on the ITF circuit during the off-season in a bid to earn ranking points and climb up the professional ladder. Here’s our recap on the week in Indian tennis outside the IPTL.
Snehadevi Reddy Reaches Semis in Egypt
At the ITF $10K event in Egypt, 17-year-old Snehadevi Reddy had a big week, reaching the semi-finals. Reddy is currently ranked No. 763 in the world and scored three wins in the main draw, including one over sixth seed Marianna Zakarlyuk. Reddy went down to Czech Simona Heinova in the semis but the result will surely boost her ranking and her confidence. Reddy also reached the semi-finals in the doubles draw with partner Dhruthi Venugopal where they went down to eventual winners Nikola Frankova/ Claudia Giovine.
Other Indians on the ITF Circuit
Meanwhile, at the ITF $10K event in Djibouti, Ashmitha Easwaramurthi reached the second round in the singles. Bhatia also reached the quarter-finals in the doubles draw with partner Nika Kukharchuk. Among the men, the only Indian in action last week was Karunuday Singh, who lost to second seed Brydan Klein 2-6, 4-6 in first round of ITF $15K Futures in Thailand.
Indian Aces Continue to Lead the ITPL standings
The Delhi leg of the much-awaited IPTL is now complete and the overall standings in the league may have got eclipsed with most of the attention focused on the stars like Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic rather than the teams.
The Indian Aces continue to lead with 30 points, followed closely by UAE Royals and Manila Mavericks with 27 points each. The final leg in Dubai kicks off on Thursday and it looks like the result will go down to the wire, much to Mahesh Bhupathi’s delight.
Meanwhile, there was also action in the domestic Premier Tennis League in Pune. The Dazzling Deuces team, which featured amongst others Ankita Raina, Shweta Rana and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, won the third edition. Six franchises participated in the league this year and the event was also graced by Indian doubles ace Leander Paes.
In the ATP rankings, Somdev Devvarman holds on to the 139th spot which means he will not gain direct entry into the Australian Open and will need to go through the qualifiers. 20-year-old Ramkumar Ramanathan drops 8 spots to No. 224. There’s no change among the top Indians in the doubles rankings with Paes holding constant at No. 29 while Rohan Bopanna is static at No. 30.
In the women’s rankings, Ankita Raina drops two spots to No. 299 while Prarthana Thombare climbs two spots to No. 498. Sania Mirza holds on to the sixth spot in the doubles whereas Rain drops one spot to No. 267.