Balaji, Vishnu beat top seeds to enter final

In the Challenger in Slovenia, Sasi Kumar Mukund was beaten 6-2, 6-2 by the top seed Aijaz Bedene of Slovenia in the pre-quarterfinals.

Sriram Balaji and Vishnu Vardhan in action. (File Photo)   -  R. Ragu

Sriram Balaji and Vishnu Vardhan beat top seeds Roman Jebavy of the Czech Republic and Matwe Middelkoop of the Netherlands 7-6(2), 6-2 in the doubles semifinals of the € 46,600 Challenger tennis tournament in Meerbusch, Germany on Friday.

In the Challenger in Slovenia, Sasi Kumar Mukund was beaten 6-2, 6-2 by the top seed Aijaz Bedene of Slovenia in the pre-quarterfinals.

In the ITF men’s Futures in Jakarta, Aryan Goveas beat Kasidit Samrej of Thailand to reach the semifinals.

In the ITF women’s event in Nairobi, Mahak Jain and Sravya Shivani Chilakalapudi made the singles semifinals, and made the doubles final with Sathwika Sama and Snehal Mane respectively.

The results:

€ 46,600 Challenger, Meerbusch, Germany

Doubles (semifinals): Sriram Balaji & Vishnu Vardhan bt Roman Jebavy (Cze) & Matwe Middelkoop (Ned) 7-6(2), 6-3.

€ 46,600 Challenger, Portoroz, Slovenia

Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Aijaz Bedene (Slo) bt Sasi Kumar Mukund 6-2, 6-2.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Nicolas Barrientos (Col) & Ariel Behar (Uru) bt Rameez Junaid (Aus) & Purav Raja 5-7, 6-0, [10-7].

$15,000 ITF men, Jakarta, Indonesia

Singles (quarterfinals): Sho Shimabukuro (Jpn) bt Niki Poonacha 6-1, 6-3; Aryan Goveas bt Kasidit Samrej (Tha) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

Doubles (semifinals): Justin Barki (Ina) & Ruan Roelofse (RSA) bt Jonathan Gray (GBR) & Karunuday Singh 6-4, 6-2.

$15,000 ITF women, Nairobi, Kenya

Singles (quarterfinals): Mahak Jain bt Celestine Avomo Ella (Gab) 6-4, 6-3; Sravya Shivani Chilakalapudi bt Lexie Stevens (Ned) 1-6, 6-4, 7-6(3).

Doubles (semifinals): Mahak Jainn & Sathwika Sama bt Paulia Jastrzebbska (Pol) & Tiffany William (GBR) 6-4, 6-0; Sravya Shivani Chilakalapudi & Snehal Mane bt Tamara Barad Itzhaki (Isr) & Nevena Sokovic (Srb) 6-0, 7-6(4).