Ramkumar through to Newport last-16; Paes in doubles quarters

Ramkumar Ramanathan came back from a set down to beat Sergiy Stakhovsky, while Leander Paes and his partner Marcus Daniell won a super tie-break to advance to the last-eight.

Ramkumar Ramanathan had reached the final of the tournament last year and had won 150 ATP points that helped him reach a career-best rank of 111.   -  R. Ragu

Qualifier Ramkumar Ramanathan bounced back from a precarious situation against Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine 5-7, 7-6(6), 6-2 to reach the pre-quarterfinals of the $652,245 ATP tennis tournament in Newport, US.

After losing the first set, the 134th ranked Ramkumar was down a break in the second set, before he turned the match on its head.

Ramkumar, who had reached the final of the tournament last year and had won 150 ATP points that helped him reach a career-best rank of 111, will play the fourth seed Ugo Humbert of France in the second round.

Humbert had played the fourth round against the eventual champion Novak Djokovic, in Wimbledon last week.

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In doubles, Leander Paes, seeded third with Marcus Daniell of New Zealand won 10-5 in the super tie-break against the Aussies, Max Purcell and Luke Saville in the pre-quarterfinals.

In the $135,400 Challenger in Kazakhstan, Sasi Kumar Mukund was beaten in two tie-breaks by Arthru Rinderknech of France, while Sidharth Rawat went down in three sets against Matteo Viola of Italy, in the second round.

In the $250,000 WTA events in Bucharest and Lausanne, Prarthana Thombare and Ankita Raina were beaten in the doubles pre-quarterfinals with their respective partners.

THE RESULTS:

$652,245 ATP, Newport, US

Singles (first round): Ramkumar Ramanathan bt Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukr) 5-7, 7-6(6), 6-2.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Marcus Daniell (Nzl) & Leander Paes bt Max Purcell & Luke Saville (Aus) 2-6, 6-2[10-5].

$135,400 Challenger, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Singles (second round): Matteo Viola (Ita) bt Sidharth Rawat 6-1, 2-6, 6-1.

Arthur Rinderknech (Fra) bt Sasi Kumar Mukund 7-6(8), 7-6(5).

First round: Tsung-Hua Yang (Tpe) bt Arjun Kadhe 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Nicolas Berrientos (Col) & Facundo Mena (Arg) bt Denis Yevseyev (Kaz) & Arjun Kadhe 6-0, 6-1;

Teymuraz Gabashvili (Rus) & Egor Gerasimov (Blr) bt Zhang Zhizhen (Chn) & Sasi Kumar Mukund 7-6(2), 6-4.

€ 46,600 Challenger, Amersfoort, Netherlands

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Vijay Sundar Prashanth & Vishnu Vardhan bt Corentin Denolly (Fra) & Scott Puodziunas (Aus) 6-0, 6-3.

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$250,000 WTA, Bucharest, Romania

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Irina Bara & Patricia Maria Tig (Rou) bt Cristina Bucsa (Esp) & Prarthana Thombare 6-2, 7-5.

$250,000 WTA, Lausanne, Switzerland

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Oksana Kalashnikova (Geo) & Ena Shibahara (Jpn) bt Rosalie Van Der Hoek (Ned) & Ankita Raina 3-6, 6-4, [10-6].

$25,000 ITF men, Gandia, Spain

Singles (first round): Sheil Kotecha (Ken) bt Aryan Goveas 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.

$15,000 ITF men, Tabarka, Tunisia

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Nicolas Bianchi & Gregorio Cordonnier (Arg) bt Jake Hersey (GBR) & Siddhant Banthia 6-4, 6-3.

Maikel Borg & Max Houkes (Ned) bt Bharath Nishok Kumaran & Anshumat Srivastava 7-5, 6-3.

Sebastian Baez & Ignacio Carou (Arg) bt Anirudh Chandrasekar & PC Vignesh 6-4, 6-4.

Mats Hermans & Bart Stevens (Ned) bt Juan Ignacio Alcalde (Arg) & Tarun Anirudh Chilakalapudi 6-2, 6-1.

$25,000 ITF women, Qujing, China

Singles (first round): YeHua Zhou (Chn) bt Ashmitha Easwaramurthi 6-0, 6-1.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Shuyue Ma (Chn) & Alana Parnaby (Aus) bt Ho Ching Wu (Hkg) & Ashmitha Easwaramurthi 6-4, 6-4.

$25,000 ITF women, Palmela, Portugal

Singles (first round): Eva Fuerrero Alvarez (Esp) bt Sathwika S Sama 6-2, 6-3.