Saketh bags Vietnam title

It has been a good run over a fortnight as Saketh had made the final of another Challenger last week, and had won the doubles title at the same, earlier with Divij Sharan.

Saketh Myneni is currently ranked 168th in the world.   -  S Subramanium

Davis Cupper Saketh Myneni confirmed his growing consistency in singles by clinching the title in the $50,000 Challenger tennis tournament in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on Sunday.

The 27-year-old Saketh, ranked a career-best 168, fired 10 aces and converted three of four breakpoints to beat eighth seed Jordan Thompson of Australia 7-5, 6-3.

The effort fetched him $7200 and 90 ATP points, which should further rocket him towards the elite league of the top-100 players.

‘’It has been a good week and I am happy with my progress. Still, a long way to go’’, said Saketh.

The good run over a fortnight as Saketh had made the final of another Challenger last week, and had won the doubles title earlier with Divij Sharan, gave him the satisfaction that all the hard work was paying the rewards at the end of a demanding season. It was the second career Challenger title for Saketh following the one in Indore last season.

It could have been a double crown for Saketh, but he in partnership with Sanam Singh, was beaten in a close final 10-8 in the super tie-break, by Tristan Lamasine of France and Nils Langer of Germany. The doubles champions collected $3100 and 90 ATP points, and the runners-up pocketed $1800 and 55 points.

Meanwhile, in the $15,000 ITF men’s Futures in Houston, the fine run of qualifier Rishab Agarwal came to an end at the hands of Lucas Gomez of Mexico in the semifinals.

In the women’s event in Tunisia, Kyra Shroff made the doubles final with Sofie Oyen of Belgium, and the duo was beaten 6-3, 6-4 by the second seeds.