Jeevan, Purav Raja reach quarters at France

Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Purav Raja won 6-2, 6-4 in the doubles pre-quarterfinals of the € 744,010 ATP tennis tournament in France.

Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan. (file photo)   -  M. Vedhan

Wild card entrants Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Purav Raja knocked out top seeds Oliver Marach of Austria and Mate Pavic of Croatia 6-2, 6-4 in the doubles pre-quarterfinals of the € 744,010 ATP tennis tournament in France on Tuesday.

In the Challenger in Bangkok, Saketh Myneni was outplayed 6-4, 6-0 by James Duckworth of Australia in the second round. Sasi Kumar Mukund went down after winning the first set, in the first round to Kevin King of the US.

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Fourth seeds Sriram Balaji and Arjun Kadhe were beaten 11-9 in the super tie-break of the doubles quarterfinals by Enrique Lopez Perez and Hiroki Moriya.

In the ITF women’s event in China, Natasha Palha and Saumya Vig won their doubles pre-quarterfinals in contrasting styles, with their respective partners Si Qi Liu of China and Izabela Gabriela Novac of Romania.

The results:

€ 744,010 ATP, Marseille, France
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals):  Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan & Purav Raja bt Oliver Marach (Aut) & Mate Pavic (Cro) 6-2, 6-4.

$54,160 Challenger, Bangkok, Thailand
Singles (second round): James Duckworth (Aus) bt Saketh Myneni 6-4,
6-0.

First round: Kevin King (US) bt Sasi Kumar Mukund 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Enrique Lopez Perez (Esp) & Hiroki Moriya (Jpn) bt Sriram Balaji & Arjun Kadhe 5-7, 6-4, [11-9].

$15,000 ITF women, Nanchang, China
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Si Qi Liu (Chn) & Natasha Palha bt Jiatian Qi & Ziyi Yang (Chn) 6-0, 6-2; Izabela Gabriela Novac (Rou) & Saumya Vig bt Ai Qi Chen & Meiting Liu (Chn) 6-7(6), 7-5, [10-4].

$15,000 ITF women, Antalya, Turkey
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Fanny Ostlund (Swe) & Ipek Oz (Tur) bt Justine Pysson (Bel) & Sowjanya Bavisetti 6-0, 6-2.