Tim Shocks Top seed Gunneswaran as  ,  Nagal, Ramkumar , Mukund enter last eight  KPIT MSLTA  Challenger

Tim Shocks Top seed Gunneswaran as  ,  Nagal, Ramkumar , Mukund enter last eight  KPIT MSLTA  Challenger


Pune , November 14 :  Fourteenth Seeded  Tim. Van Rijthoven of Netherlands created the biggest upset as he  put out India No 1 and topseeded Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND)  4-6,7-5,6-3 in the singles prequarterfinals  at the    KPIT MSLTA  Challenger a Challenger 80 series event which is  under way at the MSLTA School of tennis courts at the Mhalunge Balewadi Sports Complex


India    No2. Sumit Nagal ,  No3. Ramkumar Ramanathan ,  and No 4. SashiKumar Mukund celebrated their selection to the Davis Cup team with  wins to move into the  singles quarterfinals   


In the Prequarterfinals played today 324 ranked 22 year old resident of Roosendaal in  Netherlands took 2 hours 10 minutes to create the biggest upset of the event ousting top seeded  Prajnesh Gunneswaran 4-6,7-5,6-3 in a well contested match .


Indi No 2 and third seeded Sumit  Nagal had an easy passge into the last eight as his opponent   Ivan. Nedelko of Russia retired from  the match  with Nagal leading 2-0 due to lower back pain . Nagal will meet sixth seeded  Ramkumar  Ramanathan who tamed  12th seeded  Cem Ilkel of Turkey   6-3,6-4 in 1 hour 11 minutes .  Nagal and Ramkumar match which will be eagerly watched will also ensure that one Indian makes itto the semifinals


Eighth Sasikumar Mukund played flawless tennis to oust Turkish  Ergi Kirkin 6-0,6-2  in 1 hour 5 minutes to make it to the last eight . Mukund will take on second seeded  James Duckworth who  ended the fabulous run of India’s upcoming player  Manish Sureshkumar  winning 6-1,6-2 . 20 year old Sureshkumar will however be content with 7 ATP points which will ensure a good start in the beginning of next year.


Fourth seeded Steven Diez , fifth seeded Jay Clarke  and seventh seeded] Roberto Ortega-Olmedo  of Spain were the other players to make it to the last eight


The Indian flag in the doubles continued to fly high with  third seeds  Arjun Kadhe and  Saketh Myneni  scraping past Russian pair of  Bogdan Bobrov and  Ivan Nedelko 6-4,4-6 ,16-14  to move into the semifinals they will take on second seeds Japanese Toshide Matsui  and  India’s  Vishnu Vardhan  who came back from loss of first set to set a win against  Steven Diez of Canada  and Roberto Ortega -Olmedo of Spain  3-6,6-2,10-4



Following are the Results (Pre Quarterfinals)

[14] Tim. Van Rijthoven (NED ) bt   [1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND)  4-6,7-5,6-3

[7] Roberto Ortega-Olmedo (ESP) bt  (11)Shuichi Sekiguchi (Jpn) 6-2,6-4

 [4] Steven Diez (CAN) bt  (15] Brydan. Klein (GBR) 6-0,6-2

(5) Jay Clarke (Gbr) bt [9] Duckhee Lee (KOR) 6-1,6-4

[6] Ramkumar . Ramanathan (IND)  bt    [12] Cem Ilkel (TUR)  6-3,6-4

 [3] Sumit  Nagal (IND)  bt [13] Ivan. Nedelko (RUS) 2-0 (Retd)

[8] Sasikumar Mukund (IND) vs bt   Ergi. Kirkin (TUR) 6-0,6-2  
 (2) James Duckworth (Aus) bt Manish Sureshkumar 6-1,6-2


Doubles ( Quarter Finals)

(3) Arjun Kadhe/ Saketh Myneni (Ind) bt Bogdan Bobrov/ Ivan Nedelko ( Rus) 6-4,4-6 ,16-14

Toshide Matsui (Jpn)/ Vishnu Vardhan( Ind) bt Steven Diez(Can) / Roberto Ortega -Olmedo (Esp) 3-6,6-2,10-4


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