Balaji, Vishnu enter quarterfinals

Sriram Balaji and Vishnu Vardhan were equally at ease on red clay in the German Challenger, and sailed into the doubles quarterfinals.

Sriram Balaji and Vishnu Vardhan entered the quarterfinals. (File Photo)   -  Special Arrangement

Third seed Ramkumar Ramanathan was beaten 6-0, 6-4 by Evgeny Karlovskiy of Russia in the first round of the $75,000 Challenger in Winnetka.

The defeat apart, Ramkumar would be able to focus a lot better on his tennis in the coming days as he has been sanctioned Rs.12.57 lakh by the government under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) scheme for availing the services of coach Angel Gimenez Alonso, apart from meeting competition and equipment expenses,  leading up to the Asian Games.

Sriram Balaji and Vishnu Vardhan, who enjoyed a remarkable breakthrough into the Wimbledon main draw and won a round, were equally at ease on red clay in the German Challenger, and sailed into the doubles quarterfinals.

Ankita Raina endured another tough outing and beat Gabriella Da Silva Fick of Brazil in three sets to make the quarterfinals of the ITF women’s event in Thailand.

In another ITF women’s event in Hong Kong, qualifier Ashmitha Easwaramurthi survived two match points to beat seventh seed Chin Wei Chan of Chinese Taipei 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(6) for a berth in the quarterfinals.

The results:

€127,000 Challenger men,  Braunschweig, Germany Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Sriram Balaji & Vishnu Vardhan bt Fabricio Neis (Bra) & Ruan Roelofse (RSA) 6-4, 6-3

$75,000 Challenger men, Winnetka, US Singles (first round): Evgeny Karlovskiy (Rus) bt Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-0, 6-4

$25,000 ITF men, Shenzhen, China Doubles (quarterfinals): Wu Hao & Zheng Weiqiang (Chn) bt Aryan Goveas & Karunuday Singh 7-6(5), 6-3

$25,000 ITF men, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Doubles (quarterfinals): Chandril Sood & Lakshit Sood w.o. Ryota Tanuma (Jpn) & Cheng-Yu Yu (Tpe)

$25,000 ITF women, Tianjin, China Doubles (quarterfinals): Naiktha Bains (Aus) & Shilin Xu (Chn) bt Rutuja Bhosale & Karman Kaur Thandi 6-1, 6-2.

$25,000 ITF women, Nonthaburi, Thailand Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Ankita Raina bt Gabriella Da Silva Fick (Aus) 6-2, 3-6, 6-0

Doubles (quarterfinals): Robu Kajitani (Jpn) & Pei-Chi Lee (Tpe) bt Jang Su Jeong  (Kor) & Ankita Raina 6-4, 6-3

$15,000 ITF women, Hong Kong

Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Ashmitha Easwaramurthi bt Chin-Wei Chan (Tpe) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(8); Ayumi Koshiishi (Jpn) bt Prerna Bhambri 6-2, 6-2; Zeel Desai bt Yuenu Li (Chn) 6-1, 6-0

Doubles (quarterfinals): Akari Inoue (Jpn) & Zeel Desai bt Yan-Tung Ki & Wing Kiu Jacqueline Lam (Hkg) 6-4, 6-1

$15,000 ITF women, Solo, Indonesia Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Mahak Jain bt Ani Vangelova (Bul) 6-2, 6-2; Aldila Sutjiadi (Ina) bt Bhuvana Kalva 6-4, 6-2; Zhuoma Ni Ma (Chn) bt Saumya Vig 6-3, 6-0; Zhima Du (Chn) bt Sai Samhitha 6-2, 6-4

Doubles (quarterfinals): Mana Ayukawa (Jpn) & Aldila Sutjiadi (Ina) bt Sai Samhitha & Mahak Jain 6-2, 6-1; Fitriani Sabatini & Fitriana Sabrina (Ina) bt Bhuvana Kalva & Sri Vaishnavi Peddi Reddy 6-1, 6-2

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