Sumit Nagal beats top seed to make semifinals in Lyon Challenger
Davis Cupper Sumit Nagal was in robust form as he beat the 101st ranked top seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain 7-5, 7-6(2) in the € 92.040 Challenger tennis tournament in Lyon, France, on Friday.
The 21-year-old Sumit, ranked 272, did drop serve six times in the match, but serve one more time against the 31-year-old Spaniard in the two-hour battle.
Meanwhile, Leander Paes in partnership with Rameez Junaid of Australia was beaten 6-4, 7-6(4) by the third seeds Ken Skupski and John-Patrick Smith in the doubles pre-quarterfinals of the Nottingham Challenger tennis tournament.
In the $25,000 ITF men’s event in Hong Kong, Sidharth Rawat rallied from the brink of defeat to beat the fourth seed and former Asian junior champion, Nam Hoang Ly of Vietnam, who had won the Wimbledon junior doubles with Sumit Nagal, 4-6, 7-6(0), 6-1 in the quarterfinals.
€ 137,560 Challenger, Nottingham, England
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Ken Skupski (GBR) & John-Patrick Smith (AUS) bt Rameez Junaid (AUS) & Leander Paes 6-4, 7-6(4).
€ 92,040 Challenger, Lyon, France
Singles (quarterfinals): Sumit Nagal bt Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 7-5, 7-6(2).
$25,000 ITF men, Shenzhen, China
Doubles (semifinals): Rhett Purcell (NZL) & Aoran Wang (CHN) bt Luca Castelnuovo (SUI) & Karunuday Singh 6-3, 6-0.
$25,000 ITF men, Hong Kong
Singles (quarterfinals): Sidharth Rawat bt Nam Hoang Ly (VIE) 4-6, 7-6(0), 6-1.
$15,000 ITF men, Singapore
Singles (quarterfinals): Manish Sureshkumar bt Alec Adamson (US) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.
Doubles (semifinals): Congsup Congcar (THA) & Kazuki NIshiwaki (JPN) bt Siddhant Banthia & Manish Sureshkumar 4-6, 6-1, [10-8].
$100,000 ITF women, Manchester, England
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Quinn Gleason & Ingrid Neel (US) bt Tereza Smitkova (CZE) & Prarthana Thombare 6-4, 6-3.
$15,000 ITF women, Amarante, Portugal
Doubles (quarterfinals): Sara Lanca & Ana Filipa Santos (POR) bt Muskan Gupta & Sathwika Sama 6-2, 4-6, [10-6].
(Courtesy: The Hindu)