Paes reaches final in Santo Domingo Open, Pranjala wins ITF title

Veteran Leander Paes is one win away from winning his second title of the season on the Challenger circuit, reaching the final of the Santo Domingo Open with partner Miguel Angel Reyyes-Varela.

Paes and Angel dropped their serve twice but broke their rivals thrice to take the opening set. (File photo)   -  PTI

Leander Paes is one win away from winning his second title of the season on the Challenger circuit, reaching the final of the Santo Domingo Open with partner Miguel Angel Reyyes-Varela.

The second seeded Indo-Mexican pair prevailed 6-4, 7-6(3) over Argentine duo Tomas Lipovsek Puches and Juan Ignacio Londero in one hour and 23 minutes.

Paes and Angel dropped their serve twice but broke their rivals thrice to take the opening set. In the second set too, the two pairs broke each other twice before Paes and Angel won the tie-breaker to seal a spot in the summit clash.

It will be the second consecutive final for Paes and Angel, who also reached the final at Montrrey Challenger last week, ending runners-up to Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Marcelo Arevalo.

Before this tournament, Paes ended runner-up at Montrrey, Chicago, Dallas on the ATP Challenger circuit and won the Newport Beach event.

Apart from these, Paes also reached the final at Winston-Salem Open and Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on the ATP World Tour, ending runner-up with Jamie Cerretani in both the tournaments.

Pranjala clinches ITF title

Pranjala Yadlapalli beat top seed Conny Perrin of Switzerland 6-1, 7-6(2) in the final to clinch her second successive title in the $25,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament in Nigeria on Saturday.

The 19-year-old Pranjala had beaten the same opponent, the 142nd ranked Conny Perrin, in the final last week, albeit in three sets. In fact, in winning ten matches on the trot over a fortnight in singles, as she had opted to skip doubles, Pranjala had dropped only one set.

This was the third singles title of professional circuit for the 449th ranked Pranjala.

The results:

$150,000 Challenger men, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Doubles (semifnals): Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela (Mex) & Leander Paes bt Tomas Lipovsek Puches & Juan Ignacio londero (Arg) 6-4, 7-6(3).

€ 64,000 Challenger men, Ortisei, Italy

Doubles (semifinals): Antonio Sancic (Cro) & Purav Raja bt Kevin Krawietz & Andreas Mies (Ger) 7-5, 7-6(2).

$15,000 ITF men, Hua Hin, Thailand

Singles (final): Ajeet Rai (Nzl) bt Manish Sureshkumar 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

$25,000 ITF women, Lagos, Nigeria

Singles (final): Pranjala Yadlapalli bt Conny Perrin (Sui) 6-1, 7-6(2)

Semifinals: Conny Perrin (Sui) bt Riya Bhatia 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 6-4; Pranjala Yadlapalli bt Julia Terziyska (Bul) 6-2, 6-3