Ramkumar continues good run in Winnetka Challenger

The 22-year-old Ramkumar, ranked a career-best 184, will play Dominik Koepfer of Germany in the quarterfinals.

Fifth seed Ramkumar Ramanathan continued with his good run and made the quarterfinals of the $75,000 Challenger tennis tournament in Winnetka with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over local wild card JC Aragone.

The 22-year-old Ramkumar, ranked a career-best 184, will play Dominik Koepfer of Germany in the quarterfinals.

In doubles, however, Ramkumar in partnership with compatriot Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan was beaten 7-6(3), 6-2 by Koepfer and Alex Lawson in the pre-quarterfinals.

There was impressive success for another Indian pair in Sweden, as Sriram Balaji and Vijay Sundar Prashanth beat the top seeds Johan Brunstrom and Andreas Siljestrom of Sweden in straight sets to make the semifinals.

In China, Karman Kaur Thandi cruised into the women’s quarterfinals of the $25,000 event in Naiman, while Karunuday Singh made the men’s doubles final in Shenzhen with Francis Casey Alcanntara of Philippines. Vishnu Vardhan was scheduled to play the singles quarterfinals on Friday.

Qualifer Kanika Vaidya joined doubles partner Rutuja Bhosale and Pranjala Yadlapalli in the pre-quarterfinals of singles in the ITF women’s event in Egypt, whereas Dhruthi lost the doubles semifinals in partnership with Chieh-Yu Hsu of Chinese Taipei in Thailand.

The results:

$75,000 Challenger men, Winnetka, US

Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Ramkumar Ramanathan bt JC Aragone (US) 7-5, 6-2.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Dominik Koepfer (Ger) & Alex Lawson (US) bt Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan & Ramkumar Ramanathan 7-6(3), 6-2.

€43,000 Challenger men, Bastad, Sweden

Doubles (quarterfinals): Sriram Balaji & Vijay Sundar Prashanth bt Johan Brunstrom & Andreas Siljestrom (Swe) 6-2, 7-6(5).

$25,000 ITF men, Shenzhen, China

Doubles (semifinals): Francis Casey Alcantara (Phi) & Karunuday Singh bt Chu-Huan Yi (Tpe) & Su Hao Zhong (Chn) 7-6(3), 6-3.

$25,000 ITF women, Naiman, China

Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Karman Kaur Thandi bt Yuan Yue (Chn) 6-3, 6-1.

$15,000 ITF women, Hua Hin, Thailand

Doubles (semifinals): Nudnida Luangnam & Varunya Wongteanchai (Tha) bt Chieh-Yu Hsu (Tpe) & Dhruthi Venugopal 4-6, 6-2, 10-5.

$15,000 ITF women, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Singles (first round): Kanika Vaidya bt Elina Vikhryanova (Rus) 1-6, 6-1, 7-5.

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