Ramkumar loses doubles final in Bratislava

The Indo-Belarusian pair of Ramkumar Ramanathan and Andrei Vasilevski missed two match points from 9-7 in the super tie-break.

Ramkumar Ramanathan and Andrei Vasilevski of Belarus lost their doubles final match 6-2, 3-6, 11-9 at Challenger tennis tournament in Bratislava, Slovakia.   -  Special Arrangement

Ramkumar Ramanathan in partnership with Andrei Vasilevski of Belarus was beaten 6-2, 3-6, 11-9 in the doubles final of the €106,000 Challenger tennis tournament in Bratislava, Slovakia.

The Indo-Belarusian pair missed two match points from 9-7 in the super tie-break.

"It was a close match. We had two match points. One on their serve, and I had one on my own. We could not convert, and it was a tough loss for us. It was overall a good tournament for us. I will take it in the right spirit and keep working hard," said Ramkumar.

Ramkumar said that he would be flying straight to London for the ATP University course for Division-1 players.

Meanwhile, Karman Kaur Thandi won her first qualifying round 6-4, 6-4 against Kwan Yau Ng of Hong Kong in the $125,000 WTA tournament in Chinese Taipei. She will play Yuxuan Zhang of China in the second and final qualifying round, to join compatriot Ankita Raina in the main draw.

Karman will be playing doubles in partnership with Ankita Raina, who has been drawn to play fifth seed Nao Hibino of Japan in the first round of singles.

The results:

€106,000 Challenger men, Bratislava, Slovakia

Doubles (final): Denys Molchanov (Ukr) & Igor Zelenay (Svk) bt Andrei Vasilevski (Blr) & Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-2, 3-6, [11-9].

$125,000 WTA, Chinese Taipei

Qualifying singles (first round): Karman Kaur Thandi bt Kwan Yau Ng (Hkg) 6-4, 6-4.

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