Ramkumar moves into second round at Cincinnati

The Indian defeated qualifier Christopher Eubanks of the U.S. 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4 in the ATP 1000 event.

Ramkumar Ramanathan will collect a minimum of USD 32,780 and 61 ATP points after his first-round victory. (File Photo)   -  AP

Ramkumar Ramanathan capitalised on a fortuitous entry into the main draw, and beat qualifier Christopher Eubanks of the U.S. 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4 in the first round of the USD 5,244,930 ATP tennis tournament in Cincinnati.

The victory, coming after he had lost the final qualifying round in two tie-breaks, helped the 22-year-old Ramkumar garner a minimum of USD 32,780 and 61 ATP points, including 16 for making the second and final qualifying round. Ramkumar had beaten Dusan Lajovic of Serbia in the first round of the qualifying event, and lost the second round despite not facing a single breakpoint in the match.

In the ITF men’s Futures in Thailand, Sidharth Rawat and Vijay Sundar Prashanth moved into the second round, but Sasi Kumar Mukund lost the first round in two tie-breaks. In the ITF women’s event in Thailand, qualifier Pranjala Yadlapalli made the pre-quarterfinals.

National champion Riya Bhatia lost the final qualifying round in the ITF women’s event in Germany, in which Ankita Raina has a direct entry.

The results

USD 5,244,930 ATP 1000, Cincinnati, U.S.

Singles (first round): Ramkumar Ramanathan bt Christopher Eubanks (U.S.) 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4.

USD 15,000 ITF men, Nonthaburi, Thailand

Singles (first round): Sidharth Rawat bt Jirat Navasirisomboon (Tha) 6-4, 6-3; Wei-De Lin (Tpe) bt Sasi Kumar Mukund 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4); Vijay Sundar Prashanth bt Karunuday Singh 3-0 (retired).

USD 25,000 ITF women, Leipzig, Germany

Qualifying singles (third and final round): LIdziya Marozava (Blr) bt Riya Bhatia 7-6 (4), 6-0.

USD 25,000 ITF women, Nonthaburi, Thailand

Singles (first round): Pranjala Yadlapalli bt Pei-Chi Lee (Tpe) 6-4, 6-2; Chieh-Yu Hsu (Tpe) bt Natasha Palha 6-2, 6-1.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Patcharin Cheapchandej (Tha) & Karman Kaur Thandi bt Sara Tomic (Aus) & Aiko Yoshitomi (Jpn) 3-6, 6-4, 10-5.

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