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SAKETH, RAMKUMAR WIN DOUBLES CROWN; GOJO, TSENG IN SINGLES TITLE TILT AT BENGALURU OPEN ATP CHALLENGER

SAKETH, RAMKUMAR WIN DOUBLES CROWN; GOJO, TSENG IN SINGLES TITLE TILT AT BENGALURU OPEN ATP CHALLENGER

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Saketh Myneni and Ramkumar Ramanathan elevated the mood of the weekend crowd by lifting the doubles title of the Bengaluru Open ATP Challenger after dominating their French rivals Hugo Grenier and Alexandre Muller in the finals played at the KSLTA Stadium here on Saturday. Banking on the support of the local crowd, the Indian pair won in straight sets 6-3, 6-2. This was Saketh’s ninth doubles title at Challengers while Ramkumar registered a third victory in as many weeks with his victory today. Meanwhile, Qualifier Borna Gojo of Croatia rallied brilliantly from a set down to put up a fantastic display in the last two sets against Frenchman Alexandre Muller and storm into the final of the singles event where he will clash with Taipei’s Chun-hsin Tseng for the title. The latter scripted a...
Dubai 2022: Draws, prize money, and everything you need to know

Dubai 2022: Draws, prize money, and everything you need to know

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The tour heads to the Middle East next week for the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, the first of two big events in the region. The Middle East swing gets underway next week at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, a WTA 500 event with a loaded field that features eight of the Top 10 women. Here's what you need to know about the 22nd edition of the event. When does the tournament start? Main draw play begins on Monday, Feb. 14. Play will begin at 12:30 pm on Monday and Tuesday, before shifting to a 2:00 pm start from Wednesday through the semifinals on Friday. Dubai features a 32-player singles field and 16 team doubles field. The tournament is played on an outdoor hardcourt at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium. The tournament will use the Wilson US Open Regular Duty...
Stats Corner: How does Anett Kontaveit’s indoor winning streak stack up?

Stats Corner: How does Anett Kontaveit’s indoor winning streak stack up?

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Anett Kontaveit has won 18 consecutive indoor matches after advancing to the semifinals in St. Petersburg. Her streak sits firmly alongside the game's greats. World No.9 Anett Kontaveit has won 18 consecutive indoor matches on the WTA Tour, the longest streak in nearly 12 years. The 26-year-old Estonian tallied her latest win by defeating reigning Olympic champion Belinda Bencic on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy. "I haven't thought about the statistics too much but maybe it's because in Estonia we play on indoor courts for most of the year, so it's something I'm pretty comfortable on and used to playing on," Kontaveit said. "Maybe that's the reason, but I'm not sure. "Also last year and this year, the tournaments that we've played have been...
Bengaluru Open tennis: Ramkumar Ramanathan, Saketh Myneni sail into doubles final

Bengaluru Open tennis: Ramkumar Ramanathan, Saketh Myneni sail into doubles final

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The Indian tennis duo defeated Jay Clarke and Marc Polmans in the semis of the ATP Challenger event. Indian doubles pair Ramkumar Ramanathan and Saketh Myneni sailed into the final of the Bengaluru Open 2022 men’s doubles event after defeating Great Britain’s Jay Clarke and Marc Polmans of Australia in straight sets on Friday. Ramkumar Ramanathan and Saketh Myneni, seeded third at the ATP Challenger event, won the semi-final match 6-4, 6-4 at the KSLTA court in Bangalore. Despite trailing 1-4 in the first set, the Indian duo, who hit nine aces compared to their opponents’ one in the match, came back strongly to book a place in Saturday’s summit clash. Both Ramkumar Ramanathan and Saketh Myneni have won the Bengaluru Open title before. While Saketh Myneni won the ATP Challeng...
Maharashtra Open tennis: Vishnu Vardhan, Sriram Balaji lose in doubles semi-finals

Maharashtra Open tennis: Vishnu Vardhan, Sriram Balaji lose in doubles semi-finals

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The Indian pair went down against Australian top seeds Luke Saville and John-Patrick Smith in straight sets. India’s Vishnu Vardhan and Sriram Balaji’s doubles campaign at the Maharashtra Open 2022 ATP 250 tennis tournament ended after losing in the semi-finals at Pune’s Balewadi Stadium on Friday. Vishnu Vardhan-Sriram Balaji, who entered the tournament as replacements, lost to the Australian top seeds Luke Saville and John-Patrick Smith 6-2, 6-4 in 61 minutes. Saville was one half of the men’s doubles team which reached the Australian Open 2020 final. Saville and Smith made early inroads after breaking the Indian pair in the fifth game and clinched the set from there with ease. In the second set, Vardhan and Balaji kept the intensity high but the experienced Australian pair produced ...
Bengaluru Open tennis: Saketh Myneni gets wildcard entry

Bengaluru Open tennis: Saketh Myneni gets wildcard entry

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Saketh Myneni, Rishi Reddy and SD Prajwal Dev were given the three available wildcard slots for the tournament which starts from February 7.  Asian Games gold-medallist Saketh Myneni has been given a wildcard entry to the singles event of the Bengaluru Open tennis tournament on the ATP Challenger Tour. Rishi Reddy and SD Prajwal Dev, both local players from Karnataka, bagged the other two wildcards for the Bengaluru meet. “I have had some good success at Bengaluru and there’s a lot of good competition there. So, I am looking forward to the Challengers again. I have to compete hard and do the best I can. I hope to utilise this opportunity and perform to the best of my abilities,” the 34-year-old Saketh Myneni said. “It has been two tough years for the tennis fraternity as not ma...
Maharashtra Open tennis: Rohan Bopanna-Ramkumar Ramanathan seal semi-final spot

Maharashtra Open tennis: Rohan Bopanna-Ramkumar Ramanathan seal semi-final spot

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The Indian duo defeated Alexander Erler and Jiri Vesely in straight sets. Yuki Bhambri, meanwhile, was ousted from singles after losing to Stefano Travaglia. India’s Rohan Bopanna and Ramkumar Ramanathan booked their place in the semi-finals of the Maharashtra Open 2022 ATP 250 doubles tennis event on Thursday. Rohan Bopanna-Ramkumar Ramanathan, the second seeds at the tournament, beat Austria’s Alexander Erler and Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic 7(7)-6(3), 7(7)-6(4) in the quarter-finals at the Balewadi Stadium in Pune. Both teams started strongly and held all their serves in the first set. However, the Indian pair won the tiebreaker with Rohan Bopanna using his volleys to good effect. All four players once again produced top performances in the second set to take it to the ...
Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna among four tennis players added to TOPS group till Asian Games 2022

Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna among four tennis players added to TOPS group till Asian Games 2022

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The Mission Olympic Cell approved the inclusion on the recommendation of the national tennis federation. Indian tennis players Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna, Ramkumar Ramanathan and Ankita Raina have been added to the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) core group till the Asian Games 2022. The Asian Games 2022 will be held in Hangzhou, China from September 10 to 25. TOPS is the Indian sports ministry’s flagship programme which helps identify and fund India’s medal prospects for marquee events. The Mission Olympic Cell (MOC), the body which decides which athletes make it to the TOPS list, approved the inclusion on Thursday after the All India Tennis Association (AITA) put forward the four names as medal hopefuls in the doubles events at the quadrennial meet. India is the fifth ...
Barty, Raducanu nominated for Laureus World Sports Awards

Barty, Raducanu nominated for Laureus World Sports Awards

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Ashleigh Barty has been nominated for the 2022 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year, and Emma Raducanu has been nominated for the 2022 Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year. Wimbledon and Australian Open champion Ashleigh Barty has been nominated for the 2022 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year, while US Open champion Emma Raducanu has been nominated for the 2022 Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year. World No.1 Barty captured her second Grand Slam trophy at Wimbledon last year, and her third last week in Melbourne. She became the first home winner of the Australian Open women's singles title since Chris O'Neil in 1978. Barty did not drop a set over the fortnight. Raducanu made history with a fairytale run in New York last September. As an 18-year-old ranked No.150, she becam...
Maharashtra Open tennis: Rohan Bopanna-Ramkumar Ramanathan progress to the quarter-finals

Maharashtra Open tennis: Rohan Bopanna-Ramkumar Ramanathan progress to the quarter-finals

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The Indian doubles pair defeated the American pair of Jamie Cerretani and Nicholas Monroe in a super tiebreaker. Indian tennis players Rohan Bopanna and Ramkumar Ramanathan sailed into the quarter-finals of the Maharashtra Open 2022 ATP 250 doubles event in Pune on Wednesday. The Indian pair, seeded second in the tournament, defeated the American pair of Jamie Cerretani and Nicholas Monroe 6-3, 3-6, 10-7 in one hour and 18 minutes. Rohan Bopanna and Ramkumar Ramanathan started the match well and raced to a 4-1 lead. With big serves, the duo took the first set convincingly. In the second set, Cerretani and Monroe stepped up and broke the Indians in the second game. The Americans continued to dominate and extended the match into the super tiebreaker. Rohan Bopanna and Ramkumar...