Ramkumar moves past first hurdle in Cincinnati

The Indian defeated the World No. 68 and fourth seed Dusan Lajovic to qualify for the final qualifying round of the ATP 1000 tournament in Cincinnati.

Ramkumar Ramanathan will play Maximilian Marterer in the next round.   -  V. Sreenivasa Murthy (File Photo)

Ramkumar Ramanathan knocked out the 68th-ranked fourth seed Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 7-6(1), 6-4 to make the second and final qualifying round of the USD 5,244,930 ATP tennis tournament in Cincinnati.

In the final round, the 22-year-old Ramkumar, ranked 179 in the world, who has already assured himself of 16 ATP points, will play Maximilian Marterer.

The German Marterer beat Prajnesh Gunneswaran in a second set tie-break. Prajnesh collected USD 2,075 for his early exit.

In the ITF women’s tournament in Thailand, Dhruthi Venugopal, Pranjala Yadlapalli, Natasha Plaha and Kanika Vaidya made the third and final qualifying round, from among nine Indian players. Karman Kaur Thandi was the only Indian player to have a direct acceptance in the USD 15,000 tournament.

In the concurrently held men’s Futures, Kaza Vinayak Sharma and Nitin Kumar Sinha lost from winning positions in the second and first qualifying rounds respectively.

The results

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

Qualifying singles (first round): Ramkumar Ramanathan bt Dusan Lajovic (Srb) 7-6(1), 6-4; Maximilian Marterer (Ger) bt Prajnesh Gunneswaran 6-2, 7-6(2).

USD 15,000 ITF men, Helsinki, Finland

Qualifying singles (first round): Sam Taylor (Swe) bt Harshal Rukhaiyar 6-3, 6-2.

USD 15,000 ITF men, Karlsruhe, Germany

Qualfiying singles (first round): Amer Naow (Syr) w.o. Alex Solanki.

USD 15,000 ITF men, Vigo, Spain

Qualifying singles (first round): Arjun Kadhe bt Vito Dell Elba (Ita) 6-4, 6-0.

USD 15,000 ITF men, Nonthaburi, Thailand

Qualifying singles (second round): Anthony Susanto (Ina) bt Siddharth Vishwakarma 7-5, 6-3; Sam Matheson (Nzl) bt Kaza Vinayak Sharma 6-7(4),7-6(9), 6-2; First round: Phongsapak Kerdlaphee (Tha) bt Nitin Kumar Sinha 6-7(7), 7-6(9), 6-2.

USD 15,000 ITF men, Istanbul, Turkey

Qualifying singles (first round): Bulut Ozcelik (Tur) bt Prashant Sawant 6-0, 6-0.

USD 15,000 ITF women, Nonthaburi, Thailand

Qualifying singles (second round): Caroline Romeo (Fra) bt Nidhi Chilumula 6-4, 7-5; Pranjala Yadlapalli bt Ramya Natarajan 6-1, 6-2; Dhruthi Venugopal bt Thitirat Kanaphuet (Tha) 6-2, 6-0; Kajsa Rinaldo Persson bt Prerna Bhambri 6-3, 6-1; Kanika Vaidya bt Suzy Larkin (GBR) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2; Natasha Palha bt Watsachol Sawasdee (Tha) 6-4, 7-5.

First round: Nidhi Chilumula bt Dolavee Tumthong (Tha) 6-1, 6-3; Ramya Natarajan bt Romklao Yuenyao (Tha) 6-2, 6-2; Prerna Bhambri bt Arushi Bhasin 6-2, 6-0; Kanika Vaidya bt Aunchisa Chanta (Tha) 6-3, 6-1; Kim Dabin (Kor) bt Aastha Dargude 6-0, 6-0.

USD 15,000 ITF women, Mragowo, Poland

Qualfiying singles (first round): Joanna Dobrowolska (Pol) bt Shivani Manchanda 6-0, 6-1.