East Asian Challengers, April-May 2019

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Re: East Asian Challengers, April-May 2019

Post by jaydeep » Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:03 pm

This is Bala's biggest title win on the Challenger level ... His only second title in the four finals, before this, he won the Samarkand Challenger with Vishnu in May 2018.



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Re: East Asian Challengers, April-May 2019

Post by sameerph » Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:19 pm

jaydeep wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:03 pm
This is Bala's biggest title win on the Challenger level ... His only second title in the four finals, before this, he won the Samarkand Challenger with Vishnu in May 2018.
He also won 3 challenger titles in 2017 with Vishnu - Fergana,Chengdu and Jinan - Jinan was $150K one which is the same level as this title.

His first title with a partner other than Vishnu. He will get very close to top 100 again, he is at 101 in live ranking.



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Re: East Asian Challengers, April-May 2019

Post by jaydeep » Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:16 pm

Oh, thanks Sameer for correcting me.



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Re: East Asian Challengers, April-May 2019

Post by sameerph » Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:43 am

Mukund loses to Chinese in first round.

At $162K+H Anning Challenger 2019, China

[R1] Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,264) l. Yan Bai (CHN,356) 16 46

I saw the major part of the match. Although Bai was decent, Mulund made tonnes of errors which made it easy for the Chinese. Mukund's game has suddenly fallen just when he was looking to be making a charge towards top 200. Pressure of having to defend points ? He had 7 points to defend this week which he loses. He has another 30 points to defend next week.

Saketh's match to come later today.



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Re: East Asian Challengers, April-May 2019

Post by PKBasu » Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:32 am

[R1] Saketh Myneni (IND, 256) d. Vaclav Safranek (CZE, 325) 62 64

Comfortable win for Saketh, who now plays his doubles partner Prajnesh (second seed in singles) in R2.



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Re: East Asian Challengers, April-May 2019

Post by PKBasu » Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:35 am

Ramkumar is partnering Vishnu in the doubles this week. So we have two all-Indian pairs, and a half-Indian pair (Balaji-Cerretani) are seeded 2. The Ratiwatana twins have broken up (just for this week?).



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Re: East Asian Challengers, April-May 2019

Post by RohitG » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:19 am

Good start for India #1 and #2 as both win in straight sets



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Re: East Asian Challengers, April-May 2019

Post by suresh » Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:31 pm

At $162K+H Anning Challenger 2019, China

[R2] (2) Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,82) b Saketh Myneni (IND,256) 6-2 6-4
[R2] (5) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,141) b Yan Bai (CHN,356) 6-4 6-4

[PQF] (2) Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,82) vs (15) A. Pavlasek (CZE,211)
[PQF] (5) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,141) vs Zhizhen Zhang (CHN,355)



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Re: East Asian Challengers, April-May 2019

Post by arjun2761 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:18 pm

Good to see confident wins by the Gunner and RamK. Doing well at the higher level Asian events is critical for them to maintain their rankings and give them the opportunity to move further up.

Worth noting that the Gunner is now at a career high of 80 and RamK is at 157.



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Re: East Asian Challengers, April-May 2019

Post by jaydeep » Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:24 pm

Saki and Prajnesh started with straight sets win ... Next, they r facing the 3rd seeds Aussie pair.
Bala with Cerretani started with straight sets win over the Chinese wild card pair ... Next, they r facing another local wild card pairing of Sun and Bai.
Ram and Vishnu lost in two tie-breaks against the 4th seeds Weissborn and Arends.

At $162K+H Anning Challenger 2019, China

[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) l (4) Sander Arends (NED)/ Tristan-Samuel Weissborn (AUT) 67(2) 67(7)
[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND)/ Saketh Myneni (IND) bt Enrique Lopez Perez (ESP)/ Luca Margaroli (SUI) 76(5) 64
[R1] (2) N. Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Jamie Cerretani (USA) bt (WC) Yecong He (CHN)/ Di Wu (CHN) 64 76(4)

[QF] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND)/ Saketh Myneni (IND) vs (3) Max Purcell (AUS)/ Luke Saville (AUS)
[QF] (2) N. Sriram Balaji (IND)/ Jamie Cerretani (USA) vs (WC) Yan Bai (CHN)/ Fajing Sun (CHN)



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Re: East Asian Challengers, April-May 2019

Post by Ullhas » Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:18 am

A good win by RamK to move to quarter final. :-)

[PQF] (5) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,141) bt Zhizhen Zhang (CHN,355) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3



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Re: East Asian Challengers, April-May 2019

Post by Ullhas » Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:29 am

And Prajnesh also moves to Quarters with straight set victory.

[PQF] (2) Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,82) d (15) A. Pavlasek (CZE,211) 7-5, 6-3.

So if RamK and Prajnesh wins next round; it will be an all Indian semifinal.



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Re: East Asian Challengers, April-May 2019

Post by sameerph » Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:48 am

Nice to see both of them moving up to the QF although RamK had to fight hard for his win.

At $162K+H Anning Challenger 2019, China

[QF] (5) Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,157) vs. (3) Kamil Majchrzak (POL,130)

[QF] (2) Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,80) vs. (10) Nikola Milojevic (SRB,164)

If they both win their QF's, we will have an all Indian semi final.



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Re: East Asian Challengers, April-May 2019

Post by Ullhas » Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:49 am

Sadly Prajnesh and Saketh lose in doubles QF.

[QF] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND)/ Saketh Myneni (IND) l (3) Max Purcell (AUS)/ Luke Saville (AUS) 1-6, 1-6.



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Re: East Asian Challengers, April-May 2019

Post by arjun2761 » Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:26 pm

Nice win by both RamK and the Gunner. Tough QF matchups against opponents who are probably more comfortable on clay.

Good to see the Gunner dominate a good opponent on clay as he put a lot of pressure on his opponents service games while holding his own serve quite easily throughout the match.



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