$75K(+H) Karshi/Samarkand Challengers, May 7-20 2018

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Re: $75K(+H) Karshi/Samarkand Challengers, May 7-20 2018

Post by arjun2761 » Tue May 15, 2018 4:42 pm

Saw parts of the second set of Mukund's match and there wasn't much to chose between him and the Argentinean. If a couple more shots had fallen, he could have taken the second set but overall he did seem somewhat tired. He is definitely looking like a challenger quality player now.

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Re: $75K(+H) Karshi/Samarkand Challengers, May 7-20 2018

Post by jaydeep » Tue May 15, 2018 5:13 pm

Very tiring day for Bala but tomorrow will be much longer day for him.

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Re: $75K(+H) Karshi/Samarkand Challengers, May 7-20 2018

Post by bujilover » Tue May 15, 2018 6:01 pm

Crazy scheduling for Balaji but I hope he is able to win the doubles matches at least.

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Re: $75K(+H) Karshi/Samarkand Challengers, May 7-20 2018

Post by Rajiv » Thu May 17, 2018 2:41 am

It is Thursday and still the qualifying matches aren't complete .
If Bala manages to get on to the court today and should he win , than in a short time he would face the 2nd seeded Hungarian in the opening First Round. Then he has has his doubles matches later in the day , but all depending on the weather permitting.

The organisers don't seem to have any alternatives as there appears no Indoor courts available in Samarkand , But then I don't think even Bombay City has any Indoor Tennis courts , not that I know off.

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Re: $75K(+H) Karshi/Samarkand Challengers, May 7-20 2018

Post by sameerph » Thu May 17, 2018 3:23 am

Rajiv wrote:
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It is Thursday and still the qualifying matches aren't complete .
Qualifying is complete. It is Bala's first round match which is is progress. But, yes it will be heavy workload for him when play resumes, particularly if he wins his unfinished match.

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Re: $75K(+H) Karshi/Samarkand Challengers, May 7-20 2018

Post by sameerph » Thu May 17, 2018 6:13 am

And Bala completes a very good comeback win.

At $75K+H Samarkand Challenger 2018, Uzbekistan

[R1] Sriram BALAJI (IND,599) d. Filip Hornasky (SVK,338) 06 64 64

He will return for his second round singles match after a short rest.

[R2] Sriram BALAJI (IND,599) vs. (2) Attila Balazs (HUN,199)

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Re: $75K(+H) Karshi/Samarkand Challengers, May 7-20 2018

Post by sameerph » Thu May 17, 2018 8:52 am

Bala lost in 2 tie break sets.

At $75K+H Samarkand Challenger 2018, Uzbekistan


[R2] Sriram BALAJI (IND,599) l. (2) Attila Balazs (HUN,199) 67(5) 67(3)

Not a bad scoreline at all against a top 200 player and a good run in singles from Bala which will give him 13 points.

Doubles still to come today.

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Re: $75K(+H) Karshi/Samarkand Challengers, May 7-20 2018

Post by prasen9 » Thu May 17, 2018 12:00 pm

sameerph wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 8:52 am
Attila Balazs (HUN
is back! I always wondered what Attila's lastname was. Now I know.

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Re: $75K(+H) Karshi/Samarkand Challengers, May 7-20 2018

Post by jaydeep » Thu May 17, 2018 5:27 pm

A very long day for Bala, as he completed two singles match and a doubles match.
After rest Bala again on the court for his doubles match partnering Vishnu ... They scored straight sets win over local pair ... Saki-VSP joined them in the quarters with a comfortable win over Lamasine-Gengel.

At $75K+H Samarkand Challenger 2018, Uzbekistan

[R1] (1) N. Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) bt (ALT) Sergey Betov (BLR)/ Yaraslav Shyla (BLR) 76(2) 64
[R1] (3) Saketh Myneni (IND)/ Vijay Sunder Prashanth (IND) bt Marek Gengel (CZE)/ Tristan Lamasine (FRA) 64 64

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Re: $75K(+H) Karshi/Samarkand Challengers, May 7-20 2018

Post by suresh » Fri May 18, 2018 2:18 am

If our teams win their first match of the day, they will play a second one later in the day. Balaji/Vishnu have a later start and hence Balaji has a chance to rest in the morning.

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Re: $75K(+H) Karshi/Samarkand Challengers, May 7-20 2018

Post by sameerph » Fri May 18, 2018 4:49 am

Saki-VSP have a very tough match against Istomin and Elgin who both have a career high of inside top 60 in doubles. So, it will a sort of upset if Saki-VSP can beat them although they are the seeds based on current doubles ranking.

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Re: $75K(+H) Karshi/Samarkand Challengers, May 7-20 2018

Post by PKBasu » Fri May 18, 2018 5:01 am

prasen9 wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 12:00 pm
sameerph wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 8:52 am
Attila Balazs (HUN
is back! I always wondered what Attila's lastname was. Now I know.
We've discussed this before. But the Hungarians (naturally) are descended from the Huns -- as are the Finns and the Basques (who now live mainly in northern Spain and western France). So naturally Attila is a popular name among Hungarians, just as Taimur (seen as a horrific marauder by most Indians and many Europeans) is a popular name among some Muslims (like Sharmila Tagore's son, Saif Ali Khan, and his wife Karishma Kapoor Khan, who named their son this).

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Re: $75K(+H) Karshi/Samarkand Challengers, May 7-20 2018

Post by suresh » Fri May 18, 2018 11:07 am

sameerph wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 4:49 am
Saki-VSP have a very tough match against Istomin and Elgin who both have a career high of inside top 60 in doubles. So, it will a sort of upset if Saki-VSP can beat them although they are the seeds based on current doubles ranking.
Close but no cigar. Saki-VSP lost 8-10 in the super tiebreak.

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Re: $75K(+H) Karshi/Samarkand Challengers, May 7-20 2018

Post by jaydeep » Fri May 18, 2018 5:40 pm

Vishnu-Bala in the semis with straight sets win over Milojevic and Gabashvili ... Next, they r facing 4th seed pair.

At $75K+H Samarkand Challenger 2018, Uzbekistan

[QF] (1) N. Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) bt Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS)/ Nikola Milojevic (SRB) 63 64
[QF] (3) Saketh Myneni (IND)/ Vijay Sunder Prashanth (IND) l Mikhail Elgin (RUS)/ Denis Istomin (UZB) 57 63 8-10

[SF] (1) N. Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) vs (4) Timur Khabibulin (KAZ)/ Vladyslav Manafov (UKR)

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Re: $75K(+H) Karshi/Samarkand Challengers, May 7-20 2018

Post by vishalg » Sat May 19, 2018 9:37 am

They won the semifinals 7-6, 6-3 and got a walkover in the finals.
So title for this pair, biggest one of their career?

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