Rohan Bopanna in doubles final in Eastbourne

The Indo-Brazilian pair which had won two rounds on Thursday, will challenge the top-seeded Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in the final.

A file picture of Rohan Bopanna.   -  V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Rohan Bopanna in partnership with Andre Sa of Brazil beat Robin Haase and Dominic Inglot 7-6(4), 3-6, 11-9 in the doubles semifinals of the Aegon International ATP tennis tournament in Eastbourne on Friday.

The Indo-Brazilian pair which had won two rounds on Thursday, will challenge the top-seeded Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in the final.

‘’Am playing good confident tennis and enjoying it a lot these days. So, that is really helping me’’, said Bopanna, who will be competing with his erstwhile partner from 2013, Edouard Roger Vesselin in Wimbledon, as his regular partner of the season Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay is injured.

Davis Cupper Pranjenesh Gunneswaran was in fine form as he outplayed compatriot Karunuday Singh 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the $25,000 ITF men’s Futures in China.

In Colombo, top-seed Sumit Nagal made the quarterfinals along with Sidharth Rawat, as both beat former national champions Mohit Mayur and VM Ranjeet respectively, in three sets each.

In the ITF women’s event in Egypt, former Asian junior champion Pranjala Yadlapalli and Kanika Vaidya made the quarterfinals in contrasting style. Pranjala dismissed Francesca Sella of Italy for the loss of two games, while Kanika survived three matchpoints at 3-6 in the third set tie-break and converted her seventh matchpoint for a thrilling 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(8) victory over Elba Kasum of Austria.

The 24-year-old Kyra Shroff won her 10th doubles title in the professional circuit and the second with Estelle Cascino of France in the ITF women’s event in Tel Aviv.

The results:

$693,910 Aegon International, Eastbourne, Britain
Doubles (semifinals):
Andre Sa (Bra) & Rohan Bopanna bt Robin Haase (Ned) & Dominic Inglot (GBR) 7-6(4), 3-6, 11-9; Quarterfinals: Andre Sa & Rohan Bopanna bt Marcin Matkowski (Pol) & Max Mirnyi (Blr) 6-2, 6-7(2), 10-3; Pre-quarterfinals: Andre Sa & Rohan Bopanna bt Thomas Fabbiano (Ita) & Luke Saville (Aus) 6-3, 6-4.

$25,000 ITF men, Kunshan, China
Singles (quarterfinals):
Prajnesh Gunneswaran bt Karunuday Singh 6-1, 6-1.

$15,000 ITF men, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Singles (pre-quarterfinals):
Sumit Nagal bt Mohit Mayur 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-1; Sidharth Rawat bt VM Ranjeet 1-6, 6-1, 6-2; Nicholas Bybel (US) bt Manish Sureshkumar 4-6, 6-4, 6-2; Harshana Godamanna (Sri) bt Abhinav Sanjeev Shanmugam 6-4, 4-6, 6-4; Alessandro Petrone (Ita) bt Niki Poonacha 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(5).

Doubles (quarterfinals): Philip Bachmaier & Peter Goldsteiner (Aut) bt PC Vignesh & Suraj Prabodh 6-4, 6-4.

$15,000 ITF women, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Singles (pre-quarterfinals):
Pranjala Yadlapalli bt Francesca Sella (Ita) 6-2, 6-0; Kanika Vaidya bt Elba Kasum (Aut) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(8); Ana Bianca Mihaila (Rou) bt Sitara Prabhu 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

Doubles (quarterfinals): Ekaterina Yashina (Rus) & Kanika Vaidya w.o. Diana Shevchenko & Elina Vikhryanova (Rus); Ola Abou Zekry (Egy) & Natascha Kennis (Ned) bt Linda Prenkovic (Ger) & Tanisha Rohira 6-4, 4-6, 10-4; Glada Clerici & Francesca Sella (Ita) bt Sri Vaishnavi Peddi Reddy & Pranjala Yadlapalli 6-3, 3-6, 10-6.

$15,000 ITF women, Tel Aviv, Israel
Doubels (final):
Estelle Cascino (Fra) & Kyra Shroff bt Linnea Malmqvist (Swe) & Alexandra Walters (Aus) 6-2, 6-4.

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