Bengaluru Challenger: Bhambri advances, Ramkumar exits

Sumit Nagal battled cramps and fatigue to overcome Brydan Klein 6-4, 4-6, 7-5. Yuki Bhambri was untroubled in his 6-2, 7-6 (0) victory.

Yuki Bhambri returns to Pedro Martinez on Wednesday.

Ramkumar Ramanathan couldn’t repeat his first round heroics as he crashed out of the Bengaluru Open $100,000 Challenger tournament following a 7-6 (3), 2-6, 4-6 defeat to Brit Jay Clarke on Wednesday.

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On the other hand, the gritty Sumit Nagal battled cramps and fatigue to overcome Brydan Klein 6-4, 4-6, 7-5. Yuki Bhambri was untroubled in his 6-2, 7-6 (0) victory against Spaniard Pedro Martinez and he will face Prajnesh Gunneswaran, who beat Marc Polmans (Aus) 6-2, 6-7  (1), 6-1, in an all-Indian quarterfinal.

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The results (Indians unless specified): Singles: Second round: Jay Clarke (GBR) bt Ramkumar Ramanathan 7-6 (3), 2-6, 4-6; Prajnesh Gunneswaran bt Marc Polmans (Aus) 6-2, 6-7  (1), 6-1; Yuki Bhambri bt Pedro Martinez (Esp) 6-2, 7-6 (0); Tsung-Hua Yang (Tpe) bt Borna Gojo (Cro) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2; Blaz Kavcic (Slo) bt Mario Viella Martinez (Esp) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; Sumit Nagal bt Brydan Klein (GBR) 6-4, 4-6, 7-5; Antoine Escoffier (Fra) bt Aleksandr Nedovyesov (Kaz) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3; Ante Pavic (Cro) bt Elias Ymer (Swe) 6-3, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5).

Doubles: Quarterfinal:
Divij Sharan & Mikhail Elgin (Rus) bt Nagal & Ymer (Swe) 6-3, 6-3. Sriram Balaji & Vishnu Vardhan bt Prajnesh & Ramkumar 6-3, 6-3.