Bhambri and Myneni to face each other in Zhuahi

Top seed Yuki blew away the challenge from Ti Chen of Chinese Taipei 6-3, 6-1, whereas fifth seed Saketh Myneni battled past Luke Saville of Australia 7-6(4), 7-6(4).

The 23-year-old Yuki, who beat the 28-year-old Saketh on way to the national title a few years ago, has a 1-0 record against him in the professional circuit.   -  Sandeep Saxena (File picture)

Yuki Bhambri and Saketh Myneni set up a quarterfinal clash against each other in contrasting style in the $50,000 men’s Challenger tennis tournament in Zhuahi, China, on Thursday.

Top seed Yuki blew away the challenge from Ti Chen of Chinese Taipei 6-3, 6-1, whereas fifth seed Saketh Myneni battled past Luke Saville of Australia 7-6(4), 7-6(4).

The 23-year-old Yuki, who beat the 28-year-old Saketh on way to the national title a few years ago and more recently in the PSPB inter-unit tournament in Delhi last week, has a 1-0 record against him in the professional circuit.

In the doubles, however, Yuki and Saketh went down fighting 11-13 in the super tie-break to third seeds Gong Mao-Xin of China and Chu-Huan Yi of Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals.

In the $10,000 ITF men’s Futures in Japan, seventh seed Karunuday Singh won two back to back matches in about two hours of playing time in all against two local wild card entrants, to make the quarterfinals. Sidharth Rawat, however, was beaten in the pre-quarterfinals by Issei Okamura of Japan in straight sets.

The results:

$50,000 Challenger men, Zhuhai, China

Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Yuki Bhambri bt Ti Chen (Tpe) 6-3, 6-1;

Saketh Myneni bt Luke Saville (Aus) 7-6(4), 7-6(4).

Doubles (quarterfinals): Gong Mao-Xin (Chn) & Chu-Huan Yi (Tpe) bt Yuki Bhambri & Saketh Myneni 3-6, 6-3, 13-11;

Bai Yan (Chn) & Riccardo Ghedin (Ita) bt Ti Chen (Tpe) & Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan 6-3, 0-6, 10-8.

$75,000 Challenger men, Puebla, Mexico

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Ruan Roelofse (RSA) & Purav Raja bt Dean O’Brien (RSA) & Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela (Mex) 6-3, 6-4;

Marcus Daniell & Artem Sitak (Nzl) bt Adil Shamason (Can) & Divij Sharan 6-3, 7-6(5).

$10,000 ITF men, Nishi-Tama, Japan

Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Karunuday Singh bt Shoma Kato (Jpn) 6-0, 6-1; Issei Okamura (Jpn) bt Sidharth Rawat 6-2, 6-4;

$10,000 ITF women, Nanjing, China

Doubles (semifinals): Pei-Chi Lee (Tpe) & Zhang Ying (Chn) bt Kamonwan Buayam (Tha) & Sowjanya Bavisetti 6-2, 6-3.