Ramkumar beats Duckhee Lee in $125K Challenger

There was more good news for the Indian camp, as Sasi Kumar Mukund beat Toshihide Matsui 6-3, 6-4 in the third and final qualifying round. He converted two of six breakpoints and did not face any breakpoint in the match.

Firing 11 aces and converting three of seven breakpoints, the 22-year-old Ramkumar asserted his strong game.   -  AP

Davis Cupper Ramkumar Ramanathan overcame a sluggish start to beat seventh seed Duckhee Lee of Korea 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the first round of the $125,000 Challenger tennis tournament in Chinese Taipei on Monday.

Firing 11 aces and converting three of seven breakpoints, the 22-year-old Ramkumar asserted his strong game.

There was more good news for the Indian camp, as Sasi Kumar Mukund beat Toshihide Matsui 6-3, 6-4 in the third and final qualifying round. He converted two of six breakpoints and did not face any breakpoint in the match.

For his commendable effort, Sasi Kumar was rewarded with a first round against sixth seed Vasek Pospisil of Canada.

Another Davis Cupper, who made such a robust debut with Rohan Bopanna in doubles against the Uzbeks recently in Bengaluru, Sriram Balaji made the pre-quarterfinals of singles with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Miki Jankovic of Serbia in the $25,000 ITF men’s Futures in Uzbekistan.

The results:

$125,000 Challenger men, Chinese Taipei

Singles (first round): Ramkumar Ramanathan bt Duckhee Lee (Kor) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Qualifying singles (third and final round): Sasi Kumar Mukund bt Toshihide Matsui (Jpn) 6-3, 6-4.

$25,000 ITF men, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Singles (first round): Sriram Balaji bt Miki Jankovic (Srb) 6-4, 6-3.

Qualifying singles (second and final round): Shahbaaz Khan bt Anton Djamalov (Uzb) 6-1, 6-2.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Botir Sapaev & Pavel Tsoy (Uzb) bt Alexis Canter (GBR) & Shahbaaz Khan 7-6(5), 3-6, 10-4.

$15,000 ITF men, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Qualifying singles (second round): Romain Bauvy (Fra) bt Megh Bhargav Patel 6-3, 6-2; Jose Daniel Bendeck (Col) bt Sachin Vasantha Kumara 6-0, 6-1.

$15,000 ITF men, Doha, Qatar

Qualifying singles (second round): Omar Alawachi (UAE) bt Aditya Deswal 6-4, 6-0.

$25,000 ITF women, Santa Margherita Di Pula, Italy

Qualifying singles (first round): Prarthana Thombare bt Barbora Palcatova (Svk) 7-5, 6-1.

$15,000 ITF women, Cairo, Egypt

Quaifying singles (second round): Shweta Rana bt HanieAouelsaad (Egy) 7-6(2), 6-4.