Yuki faces Ramkumar in Taipei final

Davis Cuppers Yuki Bhambri and Ramkumar Ramanathan will face each other in the finals of the $150,000 Challenger tennis tournament in Taipei on Saturday.

Yuki Bhambri has defeated Ramkumar Ramanathan in their last meeting, at the Indian Wells Open.   -  R. Ragu

Davis Cuppers Yuki Bhambri and Ramkumar Ramanathan set up a title clash in the $150,000 Challenger tennis tournament in Taipei on Saturday.

The 23-year-old Ramkumar  fired 14 aces and did not drop serve on way to a 7-6(9), 6-4 victory over Go Soeda of Japan. He will look to score his second win over the 25-year-old Yuki after having last beating him in 2014, in the professional circuit.

Yuki battled past another Japanese, Tatsuma Ito, to make the final. While Ramkumar flew straight from the Davis Cup in China, Yuki had taken time off to attend to his abdomen injury after the successful stint in the two Masters events in the US.

The 105th ranked Yuki, who is on the cusp of re-entering the top-100 of world rankings, had beaten Ramkumar in the qualifying event of the ATP Masters event in Indian Wells recently, apart from the Chennai Open ATP event and the Pune Challenger final last season.

Prajnesh-Saketh into doubles final
Meanwhile, last-minute alternate entrants Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Saketh Myneni survived three match points from 7-9 in the super tie-break to reach the finals of the men's doubles with a 2-6, 6-4, 14-12 victory over Yu Hsiou Hsu and Jimmy Wang of Chinese Taipei.

The results:
$150,000 Challenger men, Chinese Taipei
Singles (semifinals): Yuki Bhambri bt Tatsuma Ito (Jpn) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4; Ramkumar Ramanathan bt Go Soeda (Jpn) 7-6(9), 6-4.

Doubles (semifinal): Prajnesh Gunneswaran & Saketh Myneni bt Yu Hsiou Hsu & Jimmy Wang (Tpe) 2-6, 6-4, [14-12].

$15,000 ITF women, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Doubles (semifinals): Rutuja Bhosale & Kanika Vaidya bt Iryna Shymanovich & Shalimar Talbi (Blr) 7-6(4), 1-6, [10-8];

Quarterfinals: Ruruja Bhosale & Kanika Vaidya bt Fatma Al Nabhani (Oma) & Angelina Gabueva (Rus) 7-5, 6-4.


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