Sriram-Vishnu duo wins Futures title in Uzbekistan

It was the fifth title for the Indian pair, which had won four of the six titles at home in the recent circuit.

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Second seeds Sriram Balaji and Vishnu Vardhan beat top seeds Sergey Betov (of Belarus) and Vladyslav Manafov (of Ukraine) 6-4, 7-5 in the doubles final of the $25,000 ITF men’s Futures tournament in Uzbekistan on Friday.

It was the fifth title for the Indian pair, which had won four of the six titles at home in the recent circuit.

In the professional circuit, it was the 42nd doubles title for Balaji, and 33rd for Vishnu, who have won 12 titles as a pair. While Balaji has won all his titles in the Futures circuit, Vishnu has two Challenger titles with Karan Rastogi and Divij Sharan.

Meanwhile, Ankita Raina made the doubles final of the $25,000 ITF women’s event in Italy, with Eva Wacanno of the Netherlands.

In the ITF women’s event in Egypt, Sowjanya Bavisetti bowed out of the singles quarterfinals and the doubles semifinals in partnership with Rishika Sunkara.

The results:

$25,000 ITF men, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Doubles (final): Sriram Balaji & Vishnu Vardhan bt Sergey Betov (Blr) & Vladyslav Manafov (Ukr) 6-4, 7-5.


$25,000 ITF women, Santa Margherita Di Pula, Italy


Doubles (quarterfinals): Eva Wacanno (Ned) & Ankita Raina bt Claudia Giovine (Ita) & Mariya Koryttseva (Ukr) 6-4, 7-6(3); Tatiana Pieri & Lucrezia Stefanini (Ita) bt Chantal Skamlova (Svk) & Prarthana Thombare 7-6(4), 6-2.


$15,000 ITF women, Cairo, Egypt

Singles (quarterfinals): Dominique Karregat (Ned) bt Sowjanya Bavisetti 6-1, 6-2.

Doubles (semifinals): Mariam Bolkvadze (Geo) & Tereza Mihalikova (Svk) bt Sowjanya Bavisetti & Rishika Sunkara 6-3, 7-5.