New York Open: Ramkumar bows out in first round

In the Challenger in Bangkok, Sriram Balaji and Arjun Kadhe outplayed the Ratiwatana twins, Sanchai and Sonchat.

Ramkumar Ramanathan could not add to the 12 ATP points for qualifying into the main event.   -  R. Ragu

Qualifier Ramkumar Ramanathan was beaten 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 by Jason Jung of Chinese Taipei in the first round of the $777,385 New York Open ATP tennis tournament.

The 24-year-old Ramkumar, ranked 128 in the world, had beaten the 29-year-old Jung in three sets in their last meeting in the Nottingham Challenger on grass last year.

Ramkumar could not add to the 12 ATP points for qualifying into the main event.

In the Challenger in Bangkok, Sriram Balaji and Arjun Kadhe outplayed the Ratiwatana twins, Sanchai and Sonchat, for the loss of four games in the doubles pre-quarterfinals.

There was more success for the Indian players, in the Challenger in France, as top seeds Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Purav Raja cruised into the doubles quarterfinals.

The results:

$777,385 ATP, New York, US Singles (first round): Jason Jung (Tpe) bt Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

$54,160 Challenger, Bangkok, Thailand Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Sriram Balaji & Arjun Kadhe bt Sanchai Ratiwatana & Sonchat Ratiwatana (Tha) 6-1, 6-3.

€ 46,600 Challenger, Cherbourg, France Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan & Purav Raja bt Nikola Cacic (Srb) & Tomislav Draganja (Cro) 6-3, 6-2.

$25,000 ITF men, Aktobe, Kazakhstan Singles (first round): Artem Dubrivnyy (Rus) bt Sidharth Rawat 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.

$15,000 ITF men, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Rishab Agarwal & Aryan Goveas bt Daniel Kossek & Maciej Smola (Pol) 3-6, 6-2, [10-8].

$15,000 ITF women, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Singles (first round): Zeel Desai bt Nora Niedmers (Ger) 6-0, 6-1; Barbora Matusova (Svk) bt Niditra Rajmohan 6-0, 6-1.