ITF Futures: Aryan, Arjun win second successive title

Elsewhere, Ramkumar Ramanathan beat second seeded Sriram Balaji 6-3, 6-4 to win the Premjit Lall Invitational tennis tournament.

A file photo of Aryan Goveas in action.   -  R. Ragu

Aryan Goveas and Arjun Kadhe continued with their triumphant run as they won their second successive doubles title in the $15,000 ITF men’s Futures tennis tournament in Egypt on Saturday.

The Indian pair did not drop serve in the final, as it saved two breakpoints, on way to a 6-7(1), 6-1, 10-7 victory over Oleksandr Bielinskyi of Ukraine and Roland Slobodchikov of Russia.

The opponents had beaten the top seeds from Poland in the super tie-break in the semifinals, but the Indian pair handled the climax better.

Interestingly, Aryan and Arjun had dropped only 10 games in all in the earlier three rounds, that included a victory over the second seeds for the loss of three games in the quarterfinals.

It was the third title in four weeks for the 23-year-old Arjun who had won the singles title in Vietnam. He has also been reaching at least the semifinals of doubles over the last four weeks, including a similar event in Indonesia.

Elsewhere, Ramkumar Ramanathan lived up to his top billing to win the Premjit Lall Invitational tennis tournament. Ramkumar beat second seeded Sriram Balaji 6-3, 6-4. The doubles battle, in the same tournament, went down the wire with N Jeevan and Vijay Sundar Prasanth defeating Vishnu Vardhan and N Sriram Balaji 7-6 (8), 6-3.

RESULT

$15,000 ITF men, Cairo, Egypt: Doubles (final): Aryan Goveas & Arjun Kadhe bt Oleksandr Bielinskyi (Ukr) & Ronald Slobodchikov (Rus) 6-7(1), 6-1, 10-7.

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