Indian tennis had a mixed day in the office that saw veteran doubles player Rohan Bopanna advancing into the quarterfinals of the ATP-500 tennis tournament in Tokyo alongside Dennis Shapalov. In other matches, while Sumit Nagal got the bye into the pre-quarters, R Ramanathan crashed out in Spain.
The Indian tennis ace has partnered with star Canadian player Shapalov in the $2,046,340 ATP tournament held in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday. They were up against wild card entrants Fabrice Martin and Yasutaka Uchiyama and the Indo-Canadian duo did extremely well to get the win in straight sets 6-3, 7-6(3).
They would next be facing Nikola Mektic and Franko Skugor of Croatia, who advanced into the round after beating top seeds. In other Challenger in Brazil, Sumit Nagal advanced into the pre-quarterfinals following a bye in the first round, which saw his opponent retiring midway through the first set.
India also had their third-highest ranked Ramkumar Ramanathan playing in a Challenger in Barcelona but was shown the door in the singles second round itself. However, Ramanathan managed to make the doubles quarterfinals alongside Spain’s Sergio Martos Gornes.
$2,046,340 ATP-500, Tokyo, Japan
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Denis Shapovalov (Can) & Rohan Bopanna beat Fabrice Martin (Fra) & Yasutaka Uchiyama (Jpn) 6-3, 7-6(3).
$ 54,160 Challenger, Campinas, Brazil
Singles (second round): Sumit Nagal beat Gastao Elias (Por) 4-1 (retired).
$ 54,160 Challenger, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
Singles (second round): Konstantin Kravchuk (Rus) beat Sasi Kumar Mukund 6-4, 6-2.
€ 46,600 Challenger, Barcelona, Spain
Singles (second round): Tommy Robredo (Esp) beat Ramkumar Ramanathan 7-5, 6-4.
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Sergio Martos Gornes (Esp) & Ramkumar Ramanathan beat Tomislav Brkic (Bih) & Ante Pavic (Cro) 3-6, 6-3, [10-7].
$25,000 ITF men, Tavira, Portugal
Singles (first round): Alexandre Muller (Fra) beat Terence Das 6-2, 6-2.
$25,000 ITF men, Tay Ninh, Vietnam
Singles (first round): Sidharth Rawat beat Dac Tien Nguyen (Vie) 7-5, 6-2; Manish Sureshkumar beat Krittin Koaykul (Tha) 6-0, 6-3; Makoto Ochi (Jpn) beat Arjun Kadhe 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.
$15,000 ITF men, Nanchang, China
Singles (first round): Daisuke Sumizawa (Jpn) beat Anirudh Chandrasekar 3-6, 6-2, 6-1; Vijay Sundar Prashanth beat Pol Wattanakul (Tha) 6-4, 6-4.
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Oleg Khotkov (Ukr) & Aliaksandr Liaonenka (Blr) beat Tsung-Hao Huang (Tpe) & Tarun Anirudh Chilakalapudi 6-3, 6-1.
$15,000 ITF men, Antalya, Turkey
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Kelsey Stevenson (Can) & Adil Kalyanpur beat Luca Gelhardt & Kai Wehnelt (Ger) 6-7(7), 7-6(3), [10-4].
$15,000 ITF women, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Singles (first round): Sathwika Sama beat Suhana Sofia Mohd. Adam Das (Mas) 6-1, 6-1; Romana Disovska (Svk) bt Saumya Vig 6-1, 6-2.
$15,000 ITF women, Pretoria, South Africa
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Merel Hoedt (Ned) & Zeel Desai beat Elena Jamshidi (Den) & Hili Kronzon (Isr) 6-1, 6-1; Alexandra Riley (US) & Snehal Mane beat Marne Dercksen & Mbali Langa (RSA) 6-4, 7-5; Clara Vlasselaer (Bel) & Sri Vaishnavi Peddi Reddy beat Shannon Cox & Amy Olivier (RSA) 7-6(1), 5-7, [10-8].
$15,000 ITF women, Tabarka, Tunisia
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Daria Solovyeva (Rus) & Jennifer Luikham beat Nicole Pou (Arg) & Humera Shaik 6-4, 6-3.