Balaji and Jeevan in final of China Challengers

In the final, the Indian pair will challenge second seeds Cheng-Peng Hsieh and Christopher Rungkat, who stopped the other Indian pair of Saketh Myneni and Ramkumar Ramanathan.

Sriram Balaji. (File Photo)   -  V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Top seeds Sriram Balaji and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan beat Sanchai Ratiwatana of Thailand and Arjun Kadhe 6-7(4), 6-4, 10-6 in the doubles semifinals of the $75,000 Challenger tennis tournament in China on Friday.

In the final, the Indian pair will challenge second seeds Cheng-Peng Hsieh and Christopher Rungkat, who stopped the other Indian pair of Saketh Myneni and Ramkumar Ramanathan.

In the Challenger in Charlottesville, top seeds, Leander Paes in partnership with Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela turned the match around from the brink of defeat to win 13-11 in the super tie-break against Evgeny Karlovskiy and Nino Serdarusic in the doubles pre-quarterfinals.

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The results:

$75,000 Challenger men, Shenzhen, China

Singles (quarterfinals): Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (Esp) bt Sasi Kumar Mukund 6-4, 6-2.

Doubles (semifinals): Sriram Balaji & Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan bt Sanchai Ratiwata (Tha) & Arjun Kadhe 6-7(4), 6-4, [10-6; Cheng-Peng Hsieh (Tpe) & Christopher Rungkat (Ina) bt Saketh Myneni & Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-4, 6-4.

$75,000 Challenger men, Charlottesville, US

Doubles (pre-quarterfinalls): Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela (Mex) & Leander Paes bt Evgeny Karlovskiy (Rus) & Nino Serdarusic (Cro) 4-6, 7-6(0), [13-11].

$25,000 ITF men, Tay Ninh, Vietnam

Singles (quarterfinals): Filip Bergevi (Swe) bt Manish Sureshkumar 6-3, 6-3.

$15,000 ITF women, Monastir, Tunisia

Doubles (quarterfinals): Tamara Curovic (Srb) & Elessa VAnlangendonck (Bel) bt Louise Brunskog (Swe) & Sathwika Sama 6-2, 6-2.