Sriram Balaji and Ramkumar Ramanathan win doubles title

The champion team collected €2,670 and 80 ATP points. It was the seventh Challenger doubles title for the 31-year-old Balaji, who has won 42 Futures doubles titles, including one with Ramkumar in 2014.

Ramkumar Ramanathan and Sriram Balaji

FILE PHOTO: India's Ramkumar Ramanathan and Sriram Balaji in action.   -  PTI

Third seeds Sriram Balaji and Ramkumar Ramanathan beat second seeds Hans Hack Verdugo and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela of Mexico 6-4, 3-6, 10-8 in the doubles final of the €44,820 Challenger tennis tournament in France on Saturday.

The champion team collected €2,670 and 80 ATP points. It was the seventh Challenger doubles title for the 31-year-old Balaji, who has won 42 Futures doubles titles, including one with Ramkumar in 2014.

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It was the sixth Challenger doubles title for the 26-year-old Ramkumar, who has also won 15 Futures doubles titles.

Ramkumar, who had to endure the qualifying event in singles, was beaten in the quarterfinals 7-6(7), 6-4 by the eighth seed Liam Broady of Britain.

The results:

€44,820 Challenger, Cassis, France Singles (quarterfinals): Liam Broady (GBR) bt Ramkumar Ramanathan 7-6(7), 6-4.

Doubles (final): Sriram Balaji & Ramkumar Ramanathan bt Hans Hach Verdugo & Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela (Mex) 6-4, 3-6, [10-8]; Semifinals: Balaji & Ramkumar bt Ernesto Escobedo (Us) & Fernando Romboli (Bra) 6-3, 6-2.

$15,000 ITF men, Cairo, Egypt Doubles (semifinals): Leonardo Aboian & Valerio Aboian (Arg) bt Louis Tessa (Fra) & Rishab Agarwal 6-4, 6-3; Quarterfinals: Risab Agarwal & Louis Tessa bt Bruno Pujol Navarro & Albert Roglan (Esp) 6-1, 6-4; Ioannis Kountourakis & Alexandros Skorilas (Gre) bt Marlon Vankan (Ger) & Nitin Kumar Sinha 6-4, 6-1.

$15,000 ITF women, Monastir, Tunisia Doubles (quarterfinals): Martina Capurro Taborda (Arg) & Ma YeXin (Chn) bt Sharmada Balu & Sravya Shivani 6-0, 6-4.

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