Ramkumar loses singles in Surbiton, beats Jeevan and Purav in doubles
Ramkumar Ramanathan had a mixed in the €137,560 Challenger on grass in Surbiton, Britain, as he lost the singles in three sets to Matthias Bachinger of Germany, but won the doubles pre-quarterfinals in partnership with Soonwoo Kwon of Korea in straight sets against compatriots Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Purav Raja.
In the $100,000 ITF women’s event in Surbiton, Ankita Raina who had beaten Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki of Germany to qualify into the main event, was beaten 6-3, 6-3 by wild card Katy Dunne of Britain in the first round.
In the $60,000 ITF women’s event in Italy, Prarthana Thombare, seeded No.1 in partnership with Elixane Lechemia of France was beaten 6-4, 7-6(4) in the doubles pre-quarterfnals by the Italian pair of Jessica Pieri and Lucrezia Stefanini.
The champion of the last tournament in Thailand, Sidharth Rawat bowed out in the first round of the $25,000 ITF men's event in Hong kong.
€137,560 Challenger, Surbiton, Britain
Singles (first round): Matthias Bachinger (GER) bt Ramkumar Ramanathan 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Soonwoo Kwon (KOR) & Ramkumar Ramanathan bt Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan & Purav Raja 6-4 , 6-3.
$81,240 Challenger, Little Rock, US
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Li Zhe (CHN) & Dudi Sela (ISR) bt Volodoymyr Uzhylovskyi (UKR) & Arjun Kadhe 6-2, 7-5.
$25,000 ITF men, Hong Kong
Singles (first round): Agustin Velotti (ARG) bt Sidharth Rawat 6-1, 6-4.
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Jose Fco. Vidal Azorin (ESP) & Sidharth Rawat bt Sagadat Ayap (KAZ) & Maksim Tikhomirov (US) 6-3, 5-7, [10-5].
$25,000 ITF men, Singapore
Singles (first round): Manish Sureshkumar bt Kelsey Stevenson (CAN) 6-4, 6-2; Kunal Anand bt Pol Wattanakul (THA) 6-0, 6-3.
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Siddhant Banthia & Manish Sureshkumar bt Rimpei Kawakami (JPN) & Shamirul Shahril Mohd. Adam Das (MAS) 6-1, 6-3; Abhinav Sanjeev Shanmugam & Gokul Suresh bt Bingyu Yu & Yili Zheng (CHN) 6-4, 3-6, [14-12]; Kunal Anand Jatin Dahiya bt Daniil Zarichanskyy (BLR) & Adil Kalyanpur 6-4, 6-4.
$100,000 ITF women, Surbiton, Britain
Singles (first round): Katy Dunne (GBR) bt Ankita Raina 6-3, 6-3.
$60,000 ITF women, Brescia, Italy
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Jessica Pieri (ITA) & Lucrezia Stefanini (ITA) bt Elixane Lechemia (FRA) & Prarthana Thombare 6-4, 7-6(7).
$25,000 ITF women, Fergana, Uzbekistan
Singles (first round): Riya Bhatia bt Ekaterina Vishnevskaya (RUS) 6-3, 6-3.
(Courtesy; THe Hindu)