Marbella Challenger: Ramkumar bows out in quarters

The Indian was beaten 6-1, 6-4 by third seed Marco Cecchinato of Italy.

Ramkumar Ramanathan has qualified for the semifinals of the Challenger alongside partner Enrique Lopez Perez of Spain.   -  R. Ragu

India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan was beaten 6-1, 6-4 by third seed Marco Cecchinato of Italy in the quarterfinals of the EUR 43,000 Challenger in Spain on Thursday.

Ramkumar, however, was in the doubles semifinals in partnership with Enrique Lopez Perez of Spain.

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Meanwhile, in a similar Challenger in France, second seeds Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Purav Raja were beaten 7-6 (5), 3 -6, 10-8 by the Ratiwatana twins — Sanchai and Sonchat — in the pre-quarterfinals.

In the USD 25,000 ITF women’s event in Japan, Ankita Raina and Karman Kaur Thandi moved into the quarterfinals.

Ankita will play Giulia Gatto-Monticone of Italy, who got a walkover from second seed Zheng Saisai of China. Karman will play eighth seed Bianca Andreescu of Canada.

The results

EUR 43,000 Challenger men, Marbella, Spain

Singles (quarterfinals): Marco Cecchinato (Ita) bt Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-1, 6-4.

Doubles (quarterfinals): Enrique Lopez Perez (Esp) & Ramkumar Ramanathan bt Andre Begemann (Ger) & Lukas Rosol (Cze) 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), [10-8].

EUR 43,000 Challenger men, St. Brieuc, France

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Sanchai Ratiwatana & Sonchat Ratiwatana bt Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan & Purav Raja 7-6 (5), 3-6, [10-8].

USD 25,000 ITF women, Kofu, Japan

Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Karman Kaur Thandi bt Julia Wachaczyk (Ger) 7-5, 7-5; Ankita Raina bt Ayla Aksu (Tur) 6-4, 6-3.

Doubles (quarterfinals): Haruka Kaji & Aiko Yoshitomi (Jpn) bt Chin-Wei Chan (Tpe) & Ankita Raina 6-4, 6-2.

USD 15,000 ITF women, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Julia Elbaba (U.S.) & Yuliya Hatouka (Blr) bt Maria Patrascu (Can) & Sai Samhitha 6-2, 5-7, [10-8].

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