Category: Tennis

Tata Open Maharashtra | Top-seeds Bopanna-Sharan advance to Doubles Finals

PUNE, 04 January 2019: Day Five of the Tata Open Maharashtra saw the doubles top-seed pairing of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan advance to the Final as they beat the Italian-Croatian pairing of Simone Bolelli and Ivan Dodig 6-3, 3-6, 15-13 in a thrilling Semi-Final encounter held here at the Mhalunge-Balewadi Tennis Stadium on Friday.

The Indian pairing started the match by grabbing the opening game and keeping their serve intact while Bolelli-Dodig also did the same to make it 1-1. Sharan utilised his serve to good effect as he won the next game to put his team 2-1 ahead. Dodig served in the next game with his partner Bolelli providing good support at the net and winning their second game. Bopanna used his experience in the next game to win his service game while Simone Bolelli showed why his team reached the Semi-Finals as he made it 3-3.

It was Sharan who made it 4-3, but the eighth game was the one where the Croatian Dodig could not save double break points and gave an opening to the top-seeds as they led 5-3. In what turned out to be the last game of the first set, it was the 38-year-old Bopanna who ended up serving a double fault but recovered in time to save a break point, and then take the set 6-3.

The second set started with the Bolelli winning the first service game and giving his Croatian partner some much needed confidence after his serve got broken in the first set. The consequent two games saw both Bopanna and Dodig holding on to their serve but it was Sharan whose serve was broken in the fourth game which gave Bolelli-Dodig a 3-1 advantage. Bolelli held his serve to put more pressure on the Indians which was visible in the next game when Bopanna put a ball long when he should have scored a winner.

Eventually the Indian pair saved a break point to win the game as scoreboard read 4-2. Dodig did not repeat the mistakes of the first set and held his serve to make it 5-2 but Bopanna-Sharan saved a break point again to stay in the set as Sharan served to make it 5-3. The top-seeds then did save a set point off Bolelli’s but lost the deciding point of the set which meant the match went into the Super Tiebreak.

The final act of the match saw the top-seeds go 2-5 behind. But combining their experience and deft touches, Bopanna-Sharan pair levelled it at 5-5. With Bolelli-Dodig seeming to have run away with the match at 9-7 it was the Indians who saved two match points to keep their hopes alive.

The highlight of the Super Tiebreak was the back-hand winner by Bopanna to make it 9-9 and then backed it up with another winner to make it 10-9. With Sharan serving for the match, it was Bopanna who scuffed his return to give their opponents another opening at 10-10. Both the pairs had chances to finish the match but it was only at 13-13 that Dodig hit a long return which gave Sharan the chance to serve for the match and the 32-year-old held to advance to the finale by a 15-13 win in the Super Tiebreak.

 

“It was a tough situation for us when we were down two match points but we always try to not change too much and stick to our plans. It is important to have the consistency in our game and it worked today,” said a delighted Sharan after the hard fought win.

The Singles competition will also see two Semi-Finals to be played today as Ivo Karlovic takes on Steve Darcis while top-seed Kevin Anderson will play Defending Champion Gilles Simon in the last match of the penultimate day.

Bopanna-Divij, Ramanathan start with contrasting wins

PUNE January 1 2019: Top-seeded pair of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan registered a dominating first round win on Day Two of Tata Open Maharashtra here at Mhalunge Balewadi Tennis Stadium on Tuesday. The Indian pair outclassed Radu Albot-Malek Jaziri pair 6-1, 6-2 to live up to their top billing at India’s only ATP World Tour event.

Playing on Court 1, the Asian Games gold-medal winning duo took less than an hour to move to the second round dispatching the Moldova-Tunisian pair. In second round,Bopanna-Divij will take on Indo-Mexican pair of L Paes/ M. Reyes-Varela that beat D. Marrero/ H. Podlipnik-Castillo 6-3, 6-4.

In the third match at the Centre Court, perhaps the most exciting one of the Day 2, Ramkumar Ramanathan took on Spain’s Marcel Granollers in what was their second ATP Tour meeting.

Granollers broke Ramanthan in the first game itself. The Indian came back breaking his opponent’s first serve too. But Granollers took the initiative breaking Ramanathan second time and maintained his grip on the 1st set winning it 6-4 in 35 minutes.  

But Ramanathan was determined to stay alive. With a more controlled game, the 24-year old sealed the second set 6-4 breaking the 32-year old in the tenth game to take the match to decider.

Ramanathan was charged after winning the second set and continued his momentum in the third. What defined Ramanathan’s form was the stunning cross-court in the fourth game to break the Spanish player and take a 3-1 lead in the decider. The two players held their serves until Ramanathan sealed the set and match at 6-3. Ramanathan will now take on fourth-seeded Jaziri in 2nd round on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, India’s Saketh Myneni, who entered the main draw after two gruelling qualifying matches, withdrew due to a foot injury. Thiago Monteiro came in his place a lucky loser to face France’s Benoit Paire. The fifth-seeded Frenchman got the better of Monteiro in straight sets 7-6(5), 6-3 with 18 aces.

In the first match at the Centre Court, Ivo Karlovic got the better of Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 7-5. The match between one of the youngest players and the oldest at the event lasted for an hour and 14 minutes where the 39-year old Croatian hit 13 aces enroute the straight sets win over the 18-year old qualifier from Canada.

Karlovic broke Auger-Aliassime in the fifth game and held on to his serve to lead 4-2 and eventually won the first set 6-4. Auger-Aliassime put up a stronger show in the second but Karlovic broke him in the 11th game and dished out three aces in the final game to seal the second set 7-5 and the match.

RESULTS: UPDATED TILL 9:30 PM

Men’s Singles – 1st Round

(Q) S Bolelli d D Istomin 6-4, 6-4

I Ivashka d H Hurkacz 6-7 (9), 6-2, 603

I Karlovic d (Q) F Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 7-5

(5) B Paire d (L) T Monteiro 7-6(5), 6-3

J Vesely d (Q) A Hoang 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

(W) R Ramanathan d M Granollers 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

Men’s Doubles – 1st Round

D Molchanov/ Zelenay d P andujar/ R Carballes Baena 6-1,6-4
(1) R Bopanna/ D Sharan d R Albot/ M Jaziri 6-1, 6-2

S. Bolelli (ITA) / I. Dodig d [3] M. Arevalo / J. Cerretani 6-4, 5-7, 10-7

L Paes/ / M. Reyes-Varela d D. Marrero/ H. Podlipnik-Castillo 6-3, 6-4

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 02, 2019
CENTRE COURT start 3:00 pm
E. Gulbis (LAT) vs [2] H. Chung (KOR) 
Not Before 5:00 pm
[1] K. Anderson (RSA) vs L. Djere (SRB) or [WC] A. Kadhe (IND) 
[3] G. Simon (FRA) vs I. Ivashka (BLR) 
Not Before 8:00 pm
[WC] R. Ramanathan (IND) vs [4] M. Jaziri (TUN)

COURT 1 start 3:00 pm
E. Donskoy (RUS) vs I. Karlovic (CRO) 
J. Vesely (CZE) vs [5] B. Paire (FRA) 
[PR] S. Darcis (BEL) vs M. Mmoh (USA) 
After Possible Rest – L. Bambridge (GBR) / J. O’Mara (GBR) vs [WC] N. Balaji (IND) / A. Kadhe (IND)

COURT 2 start 5:00 pm
[Q] S. Bolelli (ITA) vs [7] J. Munar (ESP) 
D. Molchanov (UKR) / I. Zelenay (SVK) vs [4] G. Granollers (ESP) / M. Granollers (ESP)

AITA announces Davis cup and Fed cup team

AITA announced team for upcoming Davis Cup and Fed cup tie to be played in February 2019.

Davis Cup team will comprise of

  1. Prajnesh Gunneswaran
  2. Ramkumar Ramanathan
  3. Saketh Myneni
  4. Rohan Bopanna
  5. Divij Sharan
  6. Sasi Kumar Mukund (Reserve)

3 young players are also selected for exposure during National Camp (22nd to 30th Jan 2019) to practice with team

  1. Sumit Nagal
  2. Arjun Kadhe
  3. Siddharth Vishwakarma

India will host Italy on 1st and 2nd February 2018 in Kolkata. Mr Mahesh Bhupathi will be the Captain, Mr Zeeshan Ali will be the Coach and the two physios will also be with the team.

The following players were selected to represent India in the Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Group I event that will take place in Astana, Kazakhstan in the week of 4th Feb 2019:-

1. Ankita Raina 2. Karman Thandi 3. Pranjala Yadlappalli 4. Prarthana Thombare 5. Rutuja Bhosale

Mr Vishal Uppal will be the Captain and Ms Ankita Bhambri will be the Coach of the Team. The team will assemble in Delhi on 27th Jan for a 3 day camp.

Bopanna lost in Finals of Eastbourne against Bryan brothers

Rohan Bopanna in partnership with Andre Sa of Brazil was beaten 6-7(4), 6-4, 10-3 by the top seeded Bryan twins, Bob and Mike of the US, in the $693,910 ATP tennis tournament on grass in Eastbourne.

The champions collected $34,430 and 250 ATP points and the runners-up got $18,150 and 150 points.

Unseeded pair of Bopanna and Andre won three matches before the loss in finals. In first round they defeated Saville and Fabbiano by 6-3, 6-4. In Quarterfinals Indo-Brazilian pair defeated M Matkowski and M Mirnyi by 6-2, 6-7, 10-3 in tie breaker. In semifinal match played against R Haase and D Inglot, they won in tie breaker by 7-6, 3-6, 11-9.

The City Of Joy hosts the 1st leg of The Rendez-Vous à Roland-Garros

 Kolkata, March 23rd, 2017: The ‘Rendez-Vous à Roland-Garros in partnership with Longines’ returns to India for its third edition which will be played across three cities. The tournament gets underway with the first qualifier in Kolkata followed by the second in Pune. The final culmination of the tournament will take place in New Delhi. Kolkata is hosting a Roland Garros event for the first time, and the selected players from the city shall get a chance to try their luck in the finals to be hosted in Delhi on the 18th and 19thof April, 2017.

The tournament confirms Roland Garros’ and AITA’S collaborative effort to organize grassroots championships of international repute in India and foster the development of clay court tennis to find future stars. Kolkata’s historic Dakshin Kalikata Sansad shall witness the qualifiers under the supervision of experienced French coach Bernard Pestre who is the Deputy Technical Director of FFT and heads their “Formation and Enseignement” (Training and Education) Department. Kolkata have been instrumental in producing many young talents who have represented the nation in the junior levels. The qualifiers will give an opportunity to U 18 players to have a MasterClass under the guidance of Pestre, who has been associated with the French Tennis Federation (FFT) since 1984.

A clinic was conducted for the media with the aim of promoting clay court tennis. ‘Rendez-Vous à Roland-Garros in partnership with Longines’ has served as a perfect platform for budding tennis talents from India as they get the opportunity to compete against the best  from USA, Japan, China, Brazil and South Korea. Further, the winners of the competition will get a chance to participate in the Junior French Open as wild-card entrants.

“Over the years, India has consistently produced good talent. The ‘Rendez-Vous à Roland-Garros in partnership with Longines’ aims to propel the upcoming talent in a way which would put the country on the world map. It also gives the youngsters a great chance of learning about clay courts, and potentially going on to excel at the French Open in future,” said President of FFT Bernard Giudicelli.

“We are extremely proud to be hosting the 1st qualifiers of the Rendez-Vous a Roland Garros in partnership with Longines, An event of such stature and global presence shall do wonders for growth of tennis in the city. It has been our aim to have a strong grass-root development program for the city kids and with initiatives like these, I think we are on the right track towards escalating the popularity of the sport in the city.” said Mr. Hironmoy Chatterjee, Secy Gen AITA & President BTA.

Unwavering support from AITA and The Bengal Tennis has successfully ensued the commencement of Rendez-vous a Roland Garros in partnership with Longines becomes an event to remember.

The city qualifiers will see top talent vying for a spot in the Masters’ event which will be played in New Delhi on 18th and 19th April 2017.

India gears up for a grander Rendez-Vous à Roland-Garros in partnership with Longines

Kolkata, March 16, 2017: The ‘Rendez-Vous à Roland-Garros in partnership with Longines’ returns to India for its third edition which will be played across three cities. The tournament gets underway with the first qualifier in Kolkata followed by the second in Pune. The final culmination of the tournament will take place in New Delhi. The City of Joy will be hosting the first leg of the qualifiers from 20th to 25th March 2017, followed by the 2nd leg in Pune from 29th March to 1st April 2017.

The tournament confirms Roland Garros’ and AITA’S collaborative effort to organize grassroots championships of international repute in India and foster the development of clay court tennis to find future stars. Kolkata’s historic Dakshin Kalikata Sansad and Pune’s PYC Gymkhana shall witness the qualifiers under the supervision of experienced French coach Bernard Pestrewho is the Deputy Technical Director of FFT and heads their “Formation and Enseignement” (Training and Education) Department. The two cities have been instrumental in producing many young talents who have represented the nation in the junior levels. The qualifiers will give an opportunity to U 18 players to have a MasterClass under the guidance of Pestre, who has been associated with the French Tennis Federation (FFT) since 1984.

A clinic will also be conducted for the media with the aim of promoting clay court tennis. ‘Rendez-Vous à Roland-Garros in partnership with Longines’ has served as a perfect platform for budding tennis talents from India as they get the opportunity to compete against the best  from USA, Japan, China, Brazil and South Korea. Further, the winners of the competition will get a chance to participate in the Junior French Open as wild-card entrants.

“Over the years, India has consistently produced good talent. The ‘Rendez-Vous à Roland-Garros in partnership with Longines’ aims to propel the upcoming talent in a way which would put the country on the world map. It also gives the youngsters a great chance of learning about clay courts, and potentially going on to excel at the French Open in future,” said President of FFT Bernard Giudicelli.

Unwavering support from AITA, Bengal Tennis Association and The Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association has successfully ensued the commencement of Rendez-vous a Roland Garros in partnership with Longines becomes an event to remember.

The city qualifiers will see top talent vying for a spot in the Masters’ event which will be played in New Delhi on 18th and 19th April 2017.

Zeel Desai lost in finals of ITF $10,000 Sharm El Sheikh

National junior champion Zeel Desai lost to Ana Bianca Mihaila from Romania, after putting a  gallant fight in the finals of $10,000 Sharm El Sheikh being played in Egypt. She lost to third seed Ana by 6-3, 5-7, 4-6 in finals. 

Zeel defeated Roumanian Elena-Teodora (ROU) by 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 in Semifinals. She also won against Clothilde (FRA) in quarterfinals by 6-1, 2-6, 6-4. Zeel defeated countryman Akshara in second round by 6-1. 6-1. In first round she defeated Britt from Belgium by 6-3, 6-3.

In doubles She played along with Emelie Luisa (GER) but lost in quarterfinals

Ana Bianca Mihaila defeated three Indians to win the finals, she defeated number 1 seed Riya Bhatia by 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in semifinals. In Quarterfinals she defeated Eetee Maheta by 7-5, 6-4.

In doubles Shewta Rana partnered with Ana and lost in finals against Belgium pair.