Ramkumar enters second round in Bratislava

After making it to the doubles quarterfinals, Ramkumar Ramanathan entered the second round in singles in Challenger tennis tournament in Slovakia.

Ramkumar Ramanathan beat Spain's Sergio Guttierez-Ferri 6-3, 7-5 in the first round of the Challenger tennis tournament in Slovakia.   -  Ben Solomon

Sixth seed Ramkumar Ramanathan beat Sergio Gutierrez-Ferri of Spain 6-3, 7-5 in the first round of the € 106,000 Challenger tennis tournament in Slovakia.

Ramkumar had earlier made the doubles quarterfinals, beating the second seeds, in partnership with Andrei Vasilevski of Belarus.

Leander Paes made the doubles quarterfinals in the Knoxville Challenger in the US as the top seed in partnership with Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela of Mexico.

Qualifier Abhinav Sanjeev Shanmugam knocked out the eighth seed Igor Smilansky of Israel 6-4, 7-5 to make the quarterfinals of the ITF men’s Futures in Thailand.

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In the $100,000 ITF women’s event in China, Ankita Raina beat Fang Ying Xu of China to set up a pre-quarterfinal against top seed Zheng Saisai of China.

Zeel Desai bounced back from losing the first set in two successive matches to make the quarterfinals of the ITF women’s event in Thailand.

The results:

€ 106,000 Challenger men, Bratislava, Slovakia Singles (first round): Ramkumar Ramanathan bt Sergio Gutierrez-Ferrl (Esp) 6-3, 7-5.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Antonio Sansic (Cro) & Purav Raja bt Marc-Andrea Huesler (Sui) & Stephane Rbert (Fra) 6-4, 6-4.

$75,000 Challenger men, Knoxville, US Doubles (pre-quarterfinlas): Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela (Mex) & Leander Paes bt Hans Hach Verdugo (Mex) & Ruan Roelofse (RSA) 6-4, 6-2.

$15,000 ITF men, Meshref, Kuwait Singles (first round): Adil Kalyanpur bt Ali Alshati (Kuw) 6-0, 6-1; Allen Rogic Hadzalic (Cro) bt Dhruv Sunish 6-3, 6-2.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Xavier Gabarro (Esp) & Antonio Cavetano March (Ecu) bt Adil Kalyanpur & Dhruv Sunish 7-5, 4-6, [10-6].

$15,000 ITF men, Nonthaburi, Thailand Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Abhinav Sanjeev Shanmugam bt Igor Smilansky (Isr) 6-4, 7-5;

First round: Abhinav Sanjeev Shanmugam bt Rhett Purcell (Nzl) 6-4, 6-7(3), 7-6(4).

$100,000 ITF women, Shenzhen, China Singles (first round): Ankita Raina bt Fang Ying Xun (Chn) 7-6(7), 6-3.

$15,000 ITF women, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Axana Mareen (Bel) & Kiera Petrovicka (Svk) bt Giuliana Bestetti (Ita) & Vibhasree Gowda 6-1, 6-0.

$15,000 ITF women, Nonthaburi, Thailand Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Zeel Desai bt Yi Tsen Cho (Tpe) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2;

First round: Zeel Desai bt Supapitch Kuearum (Tha) 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(4).

$15,000 ITF women, Monastir, Tunisia Singles (first round): Adriana Rajkovic (Cro) bt Bhuvana Kalva 6-1, 6-3.

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