Yuki falls at the last hurdle

The 23-year-old Yuki did have his chances in the match, but the 19-year-old Korean Hyeon Chung, who had featured in the Asian Games doubles gold medal winning team in Incheon, was able to step it up whenever required, to pull through in straight sets.

Yuki Bhambri... so near, yet so far.   -  AP

Second-seed Hyeon Chung of Korea beat Yuki Bhambri 7-5, 6-4 in the final of the $125,000 + H Challenger tennis tournament in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei, on Sunday.

The 23-year-old Yuki did have his chances in the match, but the 19-year-old Korean who had featured in the Asian Games doubles gold medal winning team in Incheon, was able to step it up whenever required, to pull through in straight sets.

“He played solid. There is a reason why he is in the top 100. He showed it. It was a high intensity match and I gave it all I had,” said Yuki, who had won a Challenger in Shanghai, the week before the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie.

Yuki conceded that he did have his chances in the match, especially in the first set when he had set-points on the 73rd ranked Koeran’s serve and then got broken himself.

“He is a great retriever of the ball and definitely one to watch out for in the future,” said Yuki, who collected 75 ATP points and $10,800. The champion won 125 ATP points and $18,000.

Meanwhile, in the €64,000 Challenger in Turkey, Divij Sharan and Saketh Myneni won the doubles title at the expense of Malek Jaziri of Turkey and Denys Molchanov of Ukraine. It was 7-6(5), 4-6, for the third seeded Indian pair, when the opponents retired. The title was worth 90 ATP points and €3,950 for the champion team, and the runner-up won 55 ATP points and €2,350.

In the $15,000 ITF men’s Futures in Canada, second-seed Sanam Singh set up a title clash against top seed Frank Dancevic of Canada.

The results:

$125,000 + H Challenger, Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei

Singles (final): Hyeon Chung (Kor) bt Yuki Bhambri 7-5, 6-4.

€64,000 Challenger men, Izmir, Turkey

Doubles (final): Saketh Myneni & Divij Sharan bt Malek Jaziri (Tur) & Denys Molchanov (Ukr) 7-6(5), 4-6, 0-0 (retired).

$15,000 ITF men, Markham, Canada

Singles (semifinals): Sanam Singh bt Jared Hiltzik (US) 7-6(3), 6-2.