Vijay Sundar Prashanth bows out of Australia Challenger

Vijay Sundar Prashanth in partnership with Kimmer Coppejans of Belgium was beaten 6-1, 6-4 by Max Purcell and Andrew Whittington of Australia in the doubles pre-quarterfinals.

A file photo of India's Vijay Sundar Prashanth in action.   -  V. Sreenivasa Moorthy

Vijay Sundar Prashanth in partnership with Kimmer Coppejans of Belgium was beaten 6-1, 6-4 by Max Purcell and Andrew Whittington of Australia in the doubles pre-quarterfinals of the $75,000 Challenger tennis tournament in Australia on Wednesday.

Vijay had twisted his ankle during the qualifying event of the singles, and thus was unable to be at his best, despite two days of recovery after the injury.

In the ITF women’s event in Turkey, Dhruthi Venugopal moved into the pre-quarterfinals, but double national champion Riya Bhatia bowed out in straight sets.

In the AITA Championship series junior tennis tournament at the CLTA Complex in Chandigarh, top seed Simran Pritam had to fight her way past Vaidehi Rawat 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(2) in the under-16 girls quarterfinals.

Simran made the under-18 semifinals with ease by beating Richa Choudhary for the loss of two games. NImrat Kaur Atwal joined Simran in both the semifinals.

In the boys section, Ajay Singh and Jitin Kumar Chetry made the semifinals of both the under 18 and 16 age groups.

The results

$75,000 Challenger men, Launceston, Australia Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Max Purcell & Andrew Whittington (Aus) bt Kimmer Coppejans (Bel) & Vijay Sundar Prashanth 6-1, 6-4. 

$15,000 ITF men, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Singles (first round): Pedro Martinez (Esp) bt Aryan Goveas 6-3, 6-2;Vladislav Dubinsky (Rus) bt Nitin Gunduboina 6-0, 6-2.

$15,000 ITF women, Antalya, Turkey Singles (first round): Sadafmoh Tolibova (Blr) bt Riya Bhatia 7-5, 6-2; Dhruthi Venugopal bt Ilay Yoruk (Tur) 6-2, 6-4.

$15,000 ITF women, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Brittany Collens (US) & Ashmitha Easwaramurthi bt Kathleen Derienzo (US) Anjana Suresh (Can) 6-3, 6-7(4), [10-6]; Anna Morgina (Rus) & Sowjanya Bavisetti bt Anastasia Piangerelli (Ita) & Clara Vlasselaer (Bel) 60, 6-3.

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