Nanchang Challenger tennis: Ramkumar Ramanathan goes down fighting

Ramkumar Ramanathan lost top seed Jordan Thompson of Australia.

Ramkumar fired nine aces but dropped serve four times.   -  R. Ragu

Fourth seed Ramkumar Ramanathan was beaten 7-6(2), 6-4 by top seed Jordan Thompson of Australia in the semifinals of the Nanchang Challenger tennis tournament in China on Saturday.

The 24-year-old Ramkumar, who fired nine aces as against two by his opponent, did convert the two break points that he forced, but dropped serve four times.

Ramkumar had to be content with 29 ATP points and $2,510.

The results

Nanchang Challenger, China

Singles (semifinals): Jordan Thompson (Aus) bt Ramkumar Ramanathan 7-6(2), 6-3.

$25,000 ITF men, Andijan, Uzbekistan

Doubles (semifinals): Timur Khabibulin (Kaz) & Vladyslav Manafov (Ukr)
bt Jose Fco. Vidal Azorin (Esp) & Aryan Goveas 7-6(1), 6-4.

$25,000 ITF women, Andijan, Uzbekistan

Singles (semifinals): Pranjala Yadlapalli bt Maryna Chernyshova (Ukr) 7-6(5), 7-5.

$15,000 ITF women, Antalya, Turkey

Singles (first round): Nina Stadler (Sui) bt Jennifer Luikham 7-5, 6-2.

Doubles (quarterfinals): Jenny Duerst & Chiara Grimm (Sui) bt Ramu Ueda (Jpn) & Jennifer Luikham 6-3, 7-6(2).