ATP Challenger: Balaji, Vishnu win doubles title

Sriram Balaji and Vishnu Vardhan clinched the doubles title at USD 75,000 Challenger tennis tournament in Fergana on Friday, their biggest title till date.

Sriram Balaji (left) and Vishnu Vardhan won their seventh doubles title of the season.   -  Special Arrangement

Eighth seed Prajnesh Gunneswaran was beaten 6-7(3), 7-6 (5), 6-3 by unseeded Edan Leshem of Israel in the quarterfinals of the USD 75,000 Challenger tennis tournament in Fergana on Friday.

The quarterfinal entry was worth USD 2,190 and 17 ATP points for the Indian Davis Cupper.

Sriram Balaji and Vishnu Vardhan clinched the doubles title with a clinical 6-3, 6-3 victory over the Japanese, Shuchi Sekiguchi and Yuya Kibi. It was their seventh doubles title of the season as a pair for Balaji and Vishnu, and their biggest title till date. In fact, it was the maiden Challenger title for the 27-year-old Balaji, and the third Challenger title for the 29-year-old Vishnu. Balaji has 44 doubles titles on the international Tour, and Vishnu 36.

The title was worth USD 4,650 and 90 ATP points. The runner-up collected USD 2,700 and 55 ATP points.

In the USD 25,000 ITF women’s event in Uzbekistan, Dhruthi Venugopal and Karman Kaur Thandi were beaten 10-8 in the super tie-break by the top seeds Ksenia Lykina and Sabina Sharipova.

The results:

USD 75,000 Challenger men, Fergana, Uzbekistan

Singles (quarterfinals): Edan Leshem (Isr) bt Prajnesh Gunneswaran 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5), 6-3.

Doubles (final): Sriram Balaji and Vishnu Vardhan bt Yuya Kibi and Shuichi Sekiguchi (Jpn) 6-3, 6-3.

USD 15,000 ITF men, Hong Kong

Doubles (semifinals): Francis Casey Alcantara (Phi) and Karunuday Singh bt He Yecong and Pak Long Yeung (Hkg) 6-2, 6-4.

USD 15,000 ITF men, Hua Hin, Thailand

Singles (semifinals): Yannick Jankovits (Fra) bt Sidharth Rawat 6-4, 6-0.

USD 15,000 ITF men, Harare, Zimbabwe

Singles (quarterfinals): Benjamin Lock (Zim) bt Aryan Goveas 6-3, 6-4.

USD 25,000 ITF women, Fergana, Uzbekistan

Doubles (semifinals): Ksenia Lykina (Rus) and Sabina Sharipova (Uzb) bt Dhruthi Venugopal and Karman Kaur Thandi 6-1, 4-6, 10-8.