Doubles title for Niki Poonacha and Anirudh Chandrasekar in Uganda
Davis Cupper Sumit Nagal failed to win another game on resumption and was beaten 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 by Joao Menezes of Brazil in the semifinals of the $54,160 Challenger tennis tournament in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on Sunday.
Resuming with his serve at 3-4 in the third set, after rain had forced suspension of play on Saturday, Sumit could not get into his rhythm that had helped him string a series of good matches.
Sumit collected 29 ATP points and $2,510.
In the doubles final of the ITF men’s Futures in Uganda, top seeds Anirudh Chandrasekar and Niki Poonacha asserted themselves with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Simon Carr and Ryan James Storrie.
While it was the fifth doubles title in the professional circuit for Poonacha, who had also won a singles title last year in Indonesia, it was the maiden title in the international circuit for Anirudh, who had otherwise been groomed on court by his brother PC Vignesh.
$54,160 Challenger, Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Singles (semifinals): Joao Menezes (BRA) bt Sumit Nagal 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.
$15,000 ITF men, Kampala, Uganda
Doubles (final): Anirudh Chandrasekar & Niki Poonacha bt Simon Carr (IRL) & Ryan James Storrie (GBR) 6-3, 6-4.
Semifinals: Simon Car (IRL) & Ryan James Storrie (GBR) by Giovani Samaha (LBN) & Aryan Goveas 4-6, 6-3, [10-6].
(Courtesy: The Hindu)