Indian-Tennis: Daily News for the 6 weeks ending on May 16, 2005
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May 16 Notes
Sorry forlks, for the long silences from me in the last few weeks ..
Only a temporary thing .. Just a busy time at work .. Got a couple of emails
about whether I am discontinuing the notes .. Hey, NO!! .. nothing like that
.. I will get it going soon .. Just not getting enough focussed time lately
to put in the comprehensive notes in .. But I have been chipping in th forum
with news, as and when possible .. Do read the forum for now, but I will
be back full-swing very soon ..
Harsh plays French Open Q1 tromorrow against Zbynek Mlynarik (AUT,263) ..
Not a terrible draw for him but it is never easy there .. The women's draw
is not out yet - waiting to see whom Shikha is playing.
Sania came back on court yesterday after the long injury-layoff .. Won one
match 61 61 against a low-ranked ALT player, but the could not play her best
(understandable after the time off) in the Q2 match, also yesterday .. 36
36 loss to Vakulenko (UKR,214) in the Q2 .. Sania should be hopefully back
in form by next week at the French Open in the main draw.
LP-Zimo made semi last week at Hamburg, and LP has moved to his highest rank
in 5 years (!!) at #7 .. MB-Todd went down in the QF there .. Karan made
a big semi at the UZB futures last week .. He went down in the R1 of this
week's challenger, but Sunil Kumar won the R1 today .. Prakash withdrew last
week from Fergana, just to take care of a minor knee thing .. He will be
there at the Busan challenger next week .. Vinod Sridhar had a decent run
at the Thai futures, as the top seed made a semi there ..
May 9-10 Note-1
Quick updates -- Great upset news from Uzbekistan .. Wildcard Karan Rastogi upset the 3rd seed Jamie
Delgado (GBR,207) 76(9) 61 and qualifier Rohan Bopanna upset the 7th seed
Ivanov-Smolenski (UKR,316) to reach the PQF at the $15K UZB F4 along with
Sunil Kumar who beat a qualifier .. Harsh Mankad went down after another
good match yesterday in the Q3 at San Remo, 46 75 36 to #268 Dell'Acqua ..
HM and Mustafa lost a three-setter in doubles too .. Except for Megha Vakhari
losing to Parul Goswami and Archana Venkatraman losing, no big upsets at
Ahmedabad .. See our forum thread on the
Ahmedabad women's $10K
where I have posted the R1 scores (will start the archive page soon) .. Neha
Uberoi made the main draw at the $50K Charlottesville challenger, but is
once again not too lucky with the draw - facing the 3rd seed Stephanie Dubois
there, tomorrow .. Some late news -- Rupesh Roy had won a grade-5 ITF juniors
in the US two weeks back, and had reached QF of another grade-5 last week
.. Indian u16 girls just now had the worst outing by any Indian junior team
in my memory at the Asia-Oceania junior Fed Cup qualies in Bangkok .. They
lost to 0-3 to top seeds China today, and shockingly lost 1-2 to even Malaysia
1-2 yesterday in a pool of just three teams and will now fight for one of
the last few spots in the standings, not even advacning to the QF (not to
mention even taking a set on China today and losing the doubles by a double-bagel
etc) .. Yeek .. Scary ..
May 8 Notes
Leander and Mahesh are in the doubles draw at the Hamburg Masters starting
on Monday .. Fifth seeded MB-Woodbridge and 6th seeded LP-Zmonjic have first
round byes and are in the bottom and top halfs of the draw, respectively
.. MB could run into the 2nd seeds Knowles-Nestor in the QF and LP could
run into the 3rd seeds Bryans once again .. At the Rome Masters, Llodra-Santoro
who beat MB-TW in the SF won the title over the Bryans who had beaten LP-Zimo
in the QFs ..
Shikha Uberoi was at the Rome WTA qualies this weekend .. 136th ranked Shikha
could not do much on the clay there in the Q1 in a 46 16 loss to Stephanie
Cohen-Aloro (FRA,100), who is a 22 year old who was ranked as high as #61
earlier .. Tough player to run into, in the qualies .. Neha Uberoi was one
out from the main draw list for the $50K Charlottsville (Virginia) challenger
and might have made the main draw without qualies .. I suspect that Tara
Iyer, who is based on Virginia would be in the qualies that started today,
but I have not got the draws yet.
Contiunuing his multi-surface run was Harsh Mankad, as he once again
went from hard to grass to clay in successive events for the second time
this year (and he has now gone 17-2 in that period; so he is really in good
form) .. He won the Q2 match at the $25K+H San Remo challenger in Italy today,
62 46 63 over Kevin Sorensen (IRL,392) .. Not a bad win, as Sorensen has
shown good clay crdentials earlier, having won a tough Swiss satellites on
clay late last year, etc .. Tomorrow the third seeded Mankad (IND,244) runs
into the 7th seed Massimo Dell'Acqua (ITA,268), a 25 year old who was ranked
as high as #148 a couple of years back and knows clay tennis well - he was
a qualifier last year at the Rome Masters and took Marcelo Rios to the end
of a three-setter too .. It would really be an impressive win for HM, if
he can get past Massimo in the final qualies tomorroe (Monday) .. Harsh
comes back in the evening in the company of Mustafa Ghouse for the doubles
first round .. They are seeded 4th and play Irakli Labadze (GEO) and Yuri
Schukin (RUS) ..
All the top Indian women except Sania, Shikha and Rushmi, will be busy this
week at the Ahmedabad $10K women's ITF event starting tomorrow .. By the
way, I am glad to see some nice international events coming to Ahmedabad
.. That city, which used to conduct ATP challengers, in the mid to late 90s
had seemed to totally disappear from the tennis calendar .. I had wirtten
a couple of times about what happened to the once-active AGETA (Ahmedabad
Govt Employees Tennis Association) .. This event is at Usmanpura, and I Ibelieve
is organized by the Ahmedabad City Tennis Foundation .. I will start a page,
as soon as official draws come our way, but you can see the entry list and
some qualifying news in our forum thread on the Ahmedabad women's $10K ..
Today's new rankings show Mankad at #248, as he lost 6 points from his point
total of 160 from a future slast year .. He has about 18 points falling off
in the next two weeks which will drop him down below #265 but he is pretty
safe with hardly anything falling off for quite a while .. So, it is a good
time to pick up some points if he can qualify into San Remo .. Rohan Bopanna
has come roaring back from below 600 to #466 now, with the big $15K Kuwait
title last week .. He now has gone past his injury protected rank of #475
.. That did not take much time for Rohan to do -- good job, man! .. Prakash
Amritraj stays at #292 - his big week is next week (May 16) when he tries
to defend 35 of his 123 points at the Fergana challanger in Uzbekistan ..
I just found that Prakash withdrew (this friday) from the $15K UZB F4 futures
starting at Andijan tomorrow .. No idea why, and it is a bit puzzling because
he is anyway playing at Fergana the week after .. Sunil Kumar is in
the main draw list, and Rohan would be playing qualies this weekend (no news
yet) to make the draw .. I think Karan Rastogi also may have gone to UZB
for that futures . The rest of the men are in Thailand .. Vinod Sridhar,
Vishal Uppal, Jaco Mathew, Ravishankar, Kamala Kannan are at the Thai F2
futures ($10K) in Phuket ..
May 7 Notes
Harsh Mankad is the third seed at the $25K+H San Remo challenger in Italy,
which is in a different club in the same town where Bob Brett's academy is
.. Harsh won the first round today, 64 63 over Ismar Gorcic of Bosnia-Herzogovia
.. Up next for him is Kevin Sorensen (IRL,392) in the second round of the
three-round qualies, tomorrow .. Mustafa Ghouse, who will be playing doubles
with Harsh at San Remo, went down 57 36 to Jean-Claude Scherrer (SUI,372)
Sania is continuing her training, also at the Bob Brett Academy at San Remo
.. I spoke Harsh who said it was fun to have Imran Mirza and Sania also out
there .. A bunch of Indians in Italy this week (Shikha is at the Rome WTA qulies too) .. LP, MB, HM, MG, SM, SU ...
May 6 Notes
At the Rome Masters SF today, the 5th seeds Bhupathi and Woodbridge could
not get past the tough 8th seeds Santoro and Llodra, in a 46 46 loss in the
.. Yesterday, the 6th seeds Leander and Zimonjic played a humdinger
match where they were up a break and serving for the match before the 3rd
seeds Bryans turned it on and won 4 games in a row for a 62 46 75 win ..
A pretty good match by LP-Zimo who would probably be able to withstand
May 5 Notes
Leander and Mahesh advanced today to the QF at the Rome Masters ATP ..
The 6th seeds Paes and Zimonjic beat Italian wildcards Daniele Bracciali
and Georgio Galimberti, 64 57 61 .. They play the 3rd seeds Bryan twins tomorrow
in the QFs .. The 5th seeds Mahesh and Woodbridge didn't have to do anything,
as they got a walkover from Joachim Johansson (SWE) and Marat Safin (RUS)
.. They play Jiri Novak (CZE) and Tommie Robredo (ESP) tomorrow in the QF
.. Both our pairs had first round byes ..
Neha Uberoi who had done well to qualify into the $75K Raleigh challenger
went down to the top seed Marissa Irvin (USA,71), 16 36 today .. In the qualies
earlier, [Q1] Neha Uberoi (USA.,292) d. Tiffany Eklov (USA,720), 61
76(8) .. [Q2] d. Daniela Kix (AUT,362), 16 64 75 .. [Q3] d. Evelyn Fauth
(AUT,258), 63 63 .. That qualifying final round upset win was a pretty impressive
one over a very good player .. Good experience for her to play a top-75 player
today, even though it was a loss..
Not a great week for indians in the futures circvuit .. First of all, Rohan
Bopanna had to postpone his flight to Uzbekistan as he won the big title
at Kuwait .. The earliest he could get to Tashkent was about 2.30 pm on Tuesday
.. Took a car ride to Namangan where the UZB F3 futures match was scheduled
for Tuesday 7 pm .. The car had some trouble and a 3 hour ride turned out to
be 8 hours and he had to withdraw .. Bofors is in UZB and will play the futures
next week, as well as the challenger the week after (he will need to
qualify in for that, but Prakash and Rohan are in the main draw) .. 4th seed
Sunil Kumar could not do much at the UZB F4 either, going down in an upset to
Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS), 75 46 36 .. Sunil and Alexei Kedriouk (UZB), seeded
first, got upset in the doubles semis too .. The Indian contingent at the
$10K ITF at Thailand also did not have a great time this week .. [R1]
Ravishankar Pathanjali d. (4) Domenic Marafiote (AUS,551) 36 62 60 .. Kamala Kannan
d. Max Raditschnigg (AUT) 63 36 76(1) .. Two good wins, one a very good upset by Ravishankar, but both went down
in the second round .. [R2] (wc) Weerapat Doakmaiklee (THA) d. Ravishankar
Pathanjali (IND) 67(4) 61 10 Ret (apparently, Ravishankar had serious cramps
and had to retire) ... [R2] (5) David Martin (USA) d. Kamala Kannan, 62 63
.. As for first round losses, [R1] Phillip King (USA) d. (1) Vinod Sridhar,
64 36 60, [R1] (Q) David To (AUS) d. (3) Vishal Uppal, 62 62, [R1] (LL)
Josh Goffi (BRA) d. Jaco Mathew, 76(2) 63 ..The 4th seeds Kamala Kannan and
Vinod Sridhar have reached the doubles semifinals there.
Both the #1 Indian singles players, Harsh Mankad and Sania Mirza, are currently
undergoing training at the Bob Brett Academy in San Remo, Italy .. Pretty
strenuous work out there, according to a Deccan Chronicle report
today .. Sania is reportedly considering playing the $170K Tier-III event
in Strasbourg, Austria (Mar 16) .. The same week Harsh Mankad will be at
the French Open qualies (where he has made entry now) .. So both will be
there till the end of next week at san remo, after which Bob Brett himself
will not be there, from what I understand .. HM was able to match the trip
with a challenger at San Remo too, which is next week .. The only problem
is that the cut for that one is very very high at around 190 or so .. He
will have to sign-in and try qualies .. Hopefully he will at least be seeded
with his #243 rank .. It is on red clay, and so Harsh is doing it mostly
to just get a little practice on that surface .. No big expectations of doing
well there, but who knows! ...
The sixth seeded Indian u16 boys went down in the final pool tie to the 4th
seeds Philippines, 1-2 yesterday but made it to the QF today at the Junior
Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Qualifiers in Manila .. Unfortunately they went down
in the QF to the 2nd seeds Japan today .. Once again both Agnel Gladwin Peter
and Kinshuk Sharma lost their singles matches .. That means the boys will
not advance to the world final-16 as one of the 4 teams from Asia-Oceania
.. ITF' seedings held up pretty well there, with 7 of 8 seeds making
the QF and the top 4 seeds (AUS, JPN, TPE, PHI) making it to the SFs.
As for the Davis Cup surface matter, I was surprised to find out today
(thanks "gvhvhg" for the forum post) that the last time India played a claycourt
tie in India was against Australia (big grass experts; so we had no choice)
in 1979 and that the tie was held at exactly the same court that I suggested
below -- at the Madras Gymkhana !! .. India took Australia with Case and Fitzgerald
to the brink and almost pulled it off in the 5th match, but Shashi Menon
could not hold on after taking a 2-set lead there .. Hey, Leander, pull out
your old claycourt game .. Those of you who are surprised, remember that
Leander is 5-1 in the last 6 claycourt matches he has played in Davis Cup
(all abroad) with wins over top-25 and top-60 players like Novak, Boetch,
Leconte etc at Frejus (FRA) and Pribram (CZE) in 93 and 97 .. In fact against
those guys who know clay well, Leander even went 11-2 in sets .. Actually
before he lost the last three sets of the 5th match at CZE to Korda due to
serious cramps which left him in tears, Leander had actually gone an
incredible 16-2 in sets on clay against those kinds of top-75 players ..
Those of you who say that LP
is just a grasscourt player have not looked closely at what he can do on
clay *when he put his mind into doing it* .... People
forget that Leander actually has/had some pretty good ground strokes and
abilities to play on clay and that all his so-called service weaknesses are
not such a big deal on clay .. He did not enjoy the style of play and never
wanted to do much of it, but he could really win on clay if he practised
enough and decided to play sensible tennis to win on those courts (which
he has only done in six matches in his life on clay, probably -- those last
6 Davis Cup clay matches) .. He may still have the ability to do it, but
that is something that he needs to decide himself, as only he knows where
he stands .. If not, at least we could hope for a miracle from Rohan or Harsh
who can both play on that Indian clay and the Swedes would at least be very
uncomfirtable giving us at least some advantage .. On grass, there is really
not much advantage at all for us .. I say it is the perfect time to bring
the Swedes to a hot and humid dusty place and go after them :-) ...
By the way, I have got some emails suggesting other hard/slippery claycourt locations .. Krishnan
Tennis Center has claycourts which are similar to the Madras Gymkhana,
apparently .. Also, even suggestions of places like Davengere in Karnataka
which has good claycourts that Indian players know how to handle .. Davengere, being a big college
town, I b elieve would even get really excited about tennis (had some huge crowds for some
futures there a couple of years back, if I am not mistaken) .. I am sure
there are many other places which could work .. Just pick a good hot, humid
place that is all ...
Anyway, I guess I am wasting my time trying to think outside the box on this matter
.. From all I know, we will still go to the same old grass courts and
we would probably not have much of an answer to these swedes who would be
least bit bothered on that surface .. Hope at least somebody or other is reading my sugggestion and at least thinking about it.
May 4 Notes
We are having a nice long discussion on what surface would be best for
the Davis Cup, with both the Jahanssons being very comfortable on grass and
their doubles team with Bjorkman also good on that (not to mention LP-MB
always finding the uneven grass courts not to their liking in doubles) ..
Clay is the Swedes' worst surface, strangely, but that is also our worst
surface .. On the other hand, perhaps only the European style clay
is a problem for us and not the Indian hard clay courts though .. Anyway, I had
this wacky thought this morning - and I worte in the forum on that .. Copying myself
really why NOT try it on the funny clay (hard base of cowdung or something,
slippery/sandy, and rather fast) like they had at the Madras Gymkhana courts?
.. After all we know that at least Harsh and Rohan can handle that surface
very well. Harsh beat a top-225 European and a top-350 European there - the
second, The Slovakian Kapcovic, has excellent clay abilities and a huge serve
etc, and HM beat him 62 61. So Harsh can clearly play his game on that court.
His biggest title came there. [I know, I know - the Swedes are at a
totally different level, but Iam talking about what surface Indians have
had success on lately, at the futures/challenger level].
Remember that Rohan did well too at Chennai -- he upset the #280 German guy Sebastien
Fitz in a 64 61 match there too, before losing to Capkovic in a 60 36 46
match where his lack of conditioning (then) after the layoff was the main
reason for the loss. Rohan also reached the Colombo clay futures final after that;
and if I am not mistaken, those courts where Chennai guys like Jaco and Vinod
have done well in the past, are similar to the Indian hard-fast-slippery-clay ..
On that surface, I
will count on the doubles win against the Swedes! .. LP-MB have always been
unbeatable on good/true claylike surfaces, unlike on uneven grass where they
have had many so-so matches.
The more I think about it, the more it makes sense to me that we should take
a chance with Harsh and Rohan on the sandy-hard Indian clay like the Madras
Gymkhana courts. All we need is ONE upset win somehow and some luck in terms
of dehydration or injury or something on the 3rd day.
I also feel that on
a fast clay court, Leander may not be too bad either. He must know about
those Madras courts from his days in Chennai if he needs to make a judgement
on this. He has certainly played on the Indian clay. In fact, some of LP's
best wins have come on clay (Frejus, Pribram, etc) - he can play on clay,
really well, once he decides he is going to do whatever it takes to adjust
his game and play. It would be pretty easy for him to do that on Indian hard
clay (see my suggestion for a challenger the week before - perfect for LP
to get some singles match practice if he wants). If LP finds himself in form,
then he is the kingpin and we have three players to pick from, for singles.
The only thing is that Prakash will be taken out of the equation in that
case, because he has no experience on that surface. In any event, I suspect
that his style of game really would be no problem for the Swedes to handle,
even on grass courts where the Swedes do fine. If Rohan is really cooking
like he is beginning to, then he needs to be considered anyway.
In my view, the funny Indian clay is something only our players have experience
on and the Swedes may not have much clue on. Being top-15 players, they would probably learn it well
in 2-3 days but still I feel that we should look for some (any) sort of home advantage
however minimal it may be .. On hardcourt, we have no advanatge, and grass
seems to be a very risky option too, especially when you consider that PA's
and RB's game might get easily neutralized and the doubles point becomes
iffy. In addition, we MUST pick a place which is relatively hot and humid even in september, because that gives us an added benefit -- this might take out places up North in India ..
We also know that not too many Europeans have recenlty done well on that
type of surface in India (remember Somdev's title at the sandy-hard Kolkata
saturday club courts too).
I am not sure if Madras Gymkhana has large enough stands or if they can put up temporary stands fast enough. Actually I don't know if any big club in India has one of those Indian hard-sandy-clay
court with big enough stands for Davis Cup. Anybody knows?
Here is my suggestion. Let us pick a court like the Madras courts, and do
a challenger the week before (which is the week after US Open) on that. Have
Harsh, Rohan, Prakash, and heck, even Leander play there. Then the next week
we do Davis Cup on the same court and go right after the Swedes who would
be a fish out of water. What say you? .. Come on AITA, reserve a challenger spot in the ATP calendar for the previous week, NOW! .. Let us do some planning!
No question that organizing a challenger would be no problem, because the
organizers know that they could easily get all the top players from India
(and even get LP and MB to make at least an apperance for a weekend kids'
clinic or something as well). It is a perfect week for a challenger, because
tennis will be in the news big time, with the Sunfeast WTA and Davis Cup
in the week after and USOpen in the news the week before.
In any case, we MUST do a challenger the week before, whichever surface we decide to play on, whereever.
The Indian team needs to be on that court for TWO weeks, and the swedes only
for 3 days. That is a MUST.
What do you all think? .. I am throwing this out there mostly as food for
thought .. I myself thought clay was out of question at first, but thinking
more on it, I thought the funny Indian clay might not be a bad idea .. It
may be a crazy thought, but the tennis experts like Leander, Mahesh and Nandan
can decide whether its is worth considering .. I know I wrote about bringing
Davis Cup to places like Bangalore/Chennai/Hyderabad earlier .. That is not
the reason for my suggestion here .. This is mostly on the basis of surface,
recent player performances and weather .. If there are similar courts like
at the Madras Gymkhana in some warm/hot place anywhere, that would work too.
May 3 Notes
Quick updates -- India drawn to face Sweden in India in september
for the Davis Cup world group qualifier playoff .. Good to get a home tie
but not an easy opponent at all .. Two top-15 players, and two top-20 doubles
players including the world #1 doubles player .. Tough, tough, tough for
us -- and they are pretty good on grass too .. In other news, Leander and
Mahesh are in the Rome Masters doubles draw with their regular partners ..
Seeded 6th and 5th, with R1 byes .. Both will polay R2 on only Thursday
.. Sunil Kumar went down in the first round at the UZB futures (Rohan withdrew
from there) .. Ravishankar Pathanjali upset the 4th seed at the Thai futures
and Kamala Kannan also pulled an upset, but seeded Vinod and Vishal were
upset, as was Jacco Mathew .. Neha Uberoi qualified into the the $75K in
the $75K raleigh challenger in the USA,m but faces the top seed Marissa Irwin
in the first round .. Shikha lost in the first round of the Rabat WTA ..
The 6th seeded Indian u14 boys pulled off tough 2-1 win over Pakistan today
for their second round robin win, and will face the 4th seeded Philippines
tomorrow to decide the pool topper .. Harsh has taken off to San Remo to
spend a few days training at the Bob Brett academy, and I believe Sania is
also going there now.
I will give more score details soon .. I promise :-) ...
May 2 Notes
Sorry, my rather unexpected time away from updates continues for a couple
of days more .. Just a quick update on news you certainly know by now ..
First we finished the Davis Cup with a 5-0 shellacking of the hapless Uzbeks,
Harsh Manakd finishing it off with a 75 61 reverse singles win over Murad
Inoyatov .. We only dropped a set in the whole tie, in the dead-rubber 4th
match that Prakash won 67(4) 64 62 over Farrukh Dustov .. LP-MB had won 63
64 64 rather easily to clinch the tie on saturday .. Pretty good Davis Cup
show this year with a clean 10-0 record in matches and a 26-2 record in sets
.. For the september qualifiers for world group 2006, ITF would seed eight
teams out of 16 (8 losers of the first round world group this year and the
eight regional winners like us) and draw the eight unseeded teams against
them .. This will happen Tuesday in London, I believe .. Not a great chance
for good home ties this time, I think .. Let us hope for the best.
The other big news was the smashing job by Rohan Bofors Bopanna ..
YEAH baby, he's back!! .. The dude went and won the $15K futures in Kuwait
last week, upsetting two top-300 players in the final two matches .. This
is beautiful .. Knew you would be back fast, Bo!
Our u14 kids are at the Asia-Oceania regionals .. Indian boys (Agnel Gladwin
Peter, Kinshuk Sharma and Navneeta Kannan Baskaran) are seeded 6th and are
in pool-3 with 4th seeds Philippines .. We beat UAE in three easy straight
set matches today and face Pakistan tomorrow .. Philippines beat Pakistan
3-0 today .. Top two teams advance to QFs from each of the 4 pools ..
Will be hopefully back very soon with more updates ..
Apr 29 Note-2
Hey, we worry too much about some of these Davis Cup ties .. Should LP
play? .. Can Harsh handle the grass? .. Is Prakash a better choice for the
first day? .. Ad Nauseum .. Heck, captain Lee knew that there was no need
for all that heart-burn .. He knew any of our players could easily do the
job .. Knew that UZB would be deadmeat on those courts, and he just wanted
to go out and cut the meat immediately .. Well the Uzbeks were tough .. really
tough .. for, well, oh, about a set! ... Dustov broke LP back while Lee was
serving for the set at 5-3 after a break in the 8th game .. Lee had a couple
of douoble faults there to let Dustoiv back in for a brief period .. Lee
had a nice chat with his chair captain, Harsh Mankad, and got down to business
.. He was down once more in the tiebreaker at 2-4 .. You know, toying with
Dustov, I suppose .. He won the next 5 points to finish off the set and then
there was no looking back .. 76(4) 61 60 win for LP and Prakash came out
and put Istomin in his place with a 63 62 62 win too .. Let us wrap this
up with a doubles win tomorrow ..
Rohan Bopanna beat Julien Maes (FRA,710), 76(4) 63 to reach the semifinal
at the $15K in Kuwait yesterday .. He was to face the top seed Florin Mergea
( ROM,273) in a revenge match today (Mergea hgad beaten him in the QF last
week) .. Haven't got today's results yet ..
Apr 29 Note-1
Yes, I am totally busy till Sunday, but nothing can keep me away from
Davis Cup!! .. Sorry, I am coming in a bit late, but the DC is about to start
in Jaipur in about 10 minutes as I type .. Come on into the chatroom
to follow scores that we expect our fan friends will be giving from the TV
coverage in India (sorry, we have no fanclub members right there in Jaipur
for us to have tried to organize an internet commentary like we did from
delhi last time!) ..
Leander rolled the dice and sent in himself and Prakash for the first day
.. May be partyly due to Istomin having beaten Harsh two times recently ..
But I think it may have more to do with the shape of the courts .. It seems
that it is EXTREMELY uneven and patchy, because apparently the best efforts
of organizers and AITA to get the courts ready went for a naught with a lot
of unseasonal rains in the last few days (The Jaipur courts had not been
used for any big events since the 1999 challenger if I am not mistaken -
so they all were trying hard to get it all ready!) .. Anyway, these are patchy
soft courts where no tennis with any rhyme or reason (of the kind Mankad
plays) would be possible .. Just my view .. LP on the other hand is the king
on those kinds of courts .. Prakash also is possibly be OK with playing what
I call "mad tennis" on that type of courts :) .. Not that HM can't do it,
but in my view, I would rather not see a player who plays good calculated
tennis struggle on a very poor patchy court with totally uncertain bounce
.. Anyway, that's my view -- at least the justification I can come up with,
for seeing the highest ranked player in either team not playing on the first
day .. No problem, LP and PA can handle the Uzbejs today .. Go India!!!
Rohan Bopanna has reached the SF of the Kuwait futures! .. Go RB .. Nobody else is in action this week, it seems
Apr 26 Notes
Looks like this whole week will be extremely busy for me .. So please
pardon me for being quite a bit distracted and unable to put in my comprehensive
roundups here .. LP-Zimo won the doubles title Sunday over Nadal-Lopez..
LP's title #33 .. 800 ATP points in back-to-back weeks for LP-NZ, who I am
convinced will be creating some big news this year, as I have believed even
from the time late last year when I was suggesting here that LP should pick
Zimo as the partner if LP-MB were not to happen again .. Our Davis Cup team
has assembled in Jaipur .. PA, Nandan and Karan had got there by Sunday ..
Harsh flew in to Mumbai Sunday night from UK and was to fly to Jaipur early
monday morning with LP also getting there yesterday .. Harsh moved up to
a career-high #245 this week in singles!! .. Rohan Bopanna has won the R1
at the Kuwait futures but Vijay Kannan got upset .. Somdev Dev Varman's
University of Virginia finished the regular season conference ties and finished
as the champions of the Atlantic Coast conference .. SKD is on something
like a 15-1 run in singles and is ranked #30 (was as high as #17 but moved
down a little, only because some of the players he beat moved down a little,
and he has not had a chance to play as many top players in the last couple
of months) .. He is the highest ranked freshman player in all of US college
tennis, which is a fabulous achievement .. Congrats, Somdev ..
I did not write much on Shikha Uberoi's very impressive debut in Indian colors
last weekend.. She deserves a word here .. She went 5-1 in the 6 matches,
the only loss coming against the best player in Delhi, Na Li of China ..
In Sania's absence, Shikha took charge of the team and came through with
flying colors, showing clearly what she is made of .. Her heart in playing
for India, where she was born, was well in display throughout the event ..
The best win actually came on the final day when she took out the Korean
#1 (who had seriously troubled the top-75 Australian #1 in the friday SF)
in easy straight sets to place India at #3 .. So, even though we got that
seeding possibly with the use of Sania's rank, we showed that we were at
least the 3rd best team there even without her .. That was all beacuse of
Shikha, as we could even be looking at relegation without Shik being there
- as Ankita was not in her usual form due to injury and Rushmi would have
found it tough to do it all by herself .. Great job, Shikha! ... We are proud
Apr 23 Note-1
I am again very busy and running late this weekend -- so, quick updates
.. LP-Zimo have reached the Barcelona final! .. Shikha did superbly in beating
Jin-Hee Kim of Korea 63 61(!) today and then winning the doubles to put India
at the #3 spot after we lost yesterday to the prohibitve favorites China
(who beat AUS 3-0 to advance to next level) .. Great job, Shikha, Rushmi,
Ankita today .. Harsh lost to the eventual winner 6th seed Robin Vik yesterday
in the singles semi but HM-Mustafa upset the top seeds Gimelstob and Coupe
to make the doubles final which they lost 46 63 36 today .. Great week there
.. Sunil Kumar and Kedriouk won the doubles title at the $15K UZB futures,
after SKS could not pull an upset in the singles SF .. Vijay Kannan lost
in the QF of singles at the Kuwaut F1 and Kannan-Bopanna lost in the doubles
semis .. More details later this weekend.
Apr 21 Note-2
STOP PRESS -- Unseeded Harsh Mankad has reached the semifinal of the $25K+H Nottingvham challenger!!
.. He went out for his second match of the day after upsetting the 3rd seed
Heuberger earlier in straight sets and absolutely blitzed/ smoked/ shellacked/
bombed/ destroyed/ demolished a hapless Swede, Filip Prpic (269) by a 61
62 score .. That gives Mankad 22 points from this event to take his point
total to 161 and his ranking inside the top-250 next week! .. Can you believe
that Harsh Mankad has picked up 98 points since January? .. That is the best
4-month period that any Indian other than Leander Paes has had in over 12
years since Ramesh Krishnan left the scene .. Absolutely amazing .. There
was some bad news, as Prakash Amritraj could not get over the hump against
the tough 2nd seed Justin Gimelstob (USA,118) in a 36 36 QF loss .. No big
shame in PA's loss, as he was playing a very experienced player who has been
a top-100 player for so many years .. Mankad plays the 6th seed Robin Vik (CZE,187) tomorrow at 11 am in the semifinal ..
Shikha and Rushmi won the Fed Cup doubles match 64 64 to complete a 3-0 win
over Kazakhstan today. No sweat, though Shikha dropped serve a couple
of times and generally did not look phyiscally as sharp in this match, according
to forum reports from fans who saw the TV coverage .. Hope SU and RC will
be ready for a fight tomorrow against the Chinese, who are unfortunately
way too tough though.
More good news (and the stream of good stuff just does not seem to end today!) -- Vijay Kannan,
who sunck back in the top-500 this week at #499, has reached the QF of singles
and SF of doubles of the $15K at Kuwait .. He beat Abdulla Magads (KUW,1468),
the #20 ranked junior and the current Asian #3 junior, by a 63 61 score ..
Later, third seeded Vijay and Rohan Bopanna won the doubles QF easily, also
63 61, over the German pair, Jeromoe Becker and Joscha Beutel .. 6th seeded
VK plays the 4th seed Jasper Smit (NED,460) tomorrow in the QF; the doubles
SF opponents will be decided only tomorrow.
Apr 21 Note-1
What a fabulous day so far .. Harsh Mankad pulled a huge straight sets
upset at the $25K+H Nottingham challenger, as he beat the 3rd seed Ivo Heuberger
(SUI,130), 63 76(4) .. Man, what kind of a year Mankad is having .. It
doesn't end there, as Prakash Amritraj is right there with him, also reaching
the QF with an easy 64 64 win over Jakub Adaktusson (SWE,320) .. Due to the
rain postponement of singles matches yesterday, Harsh and Prakash play the
singles QF this afternoon itself (as I type, actually) .. HM is playing Flip
Prpic (SWE,269) and PA is playing the 2nd seed Justin Gimelstob (USA,118)
With the 12 extra points, Mankad now has 151 ATP points which will take
him up to around #258 next monday when the French Open qualifying entry closes
.. He should make it inside the first cut itself, and he should have no problem
making the cut for the Wimbledon qualies which closes on May 23rd, even though
he has 24 points dropping off in the next 4 weeks .. Prakash has picked up
enough to go to around #290 next week .. He has 35 big ones falling in 4
weeks for the Fergana challenger last year, and so these points are all crucial
for him too .. These two guys did themselves a huge favor by getting together
in Mumbai and hitting for a few days against each other .. I have said for
a long time that Harsh is the ideal practice partner to get Prakash's game
to mature and Prakash has the kind of game that steadies up Harsh's game
too .. You see, we in the fanclub were asking for it for a long long time,
that the Indian players should hit against each other and travel together
- see what happens when they listen to us? :) .. Congrats, champs!
Shikha Uberoi and Rushmi chakravarthi easily won the singles matyches against
KAZ today at the Fed Cup and are playing the doubles match as I type ..
More good news! .. Sunil Kumar Sipaeya pulled a huge upset too! .. 5th seeded
Sunil (IND,356) upset the 2nd seed Ti Chen (TPE,272), 57 76(6) 75 in a tough
barn-burner of a match .. What a gritty comeback upset by SKS!! .. he is
also in the doubles final, as Indians just can't seem to lose this week ..
SKS and Alexei Kedriouk (KAZ) beat Belarusian qualifier pair, Alexei
Bessanov and Egor Puntus 76(1) 62 today .. They are now in the final against
the 3rd seeded Russian brothers, Artem Sitak and Dmitri Sitak .. Go Sunil
Apr 20 Notes
Mumbai-born Shikha Uberoi had a smashing debut under Indian colors
today when she beat a hapless 15 year old, Yun-ling "Cassandra" Ng of Singapore,
60 60 at the Fed Cup tie in Delhi .. Ankita, reportedly looking quite out-of-form
still, also had an easy 61 75 win earlier at the #2 spot against Wei-Ping
Lee and then Shikha-Rushmi came back to take the doubles also, 61 61
over Cassandra and Shao-Fang Ong .. Here is Kamesh Srinivasan's
of the Shikha show in The Hindu, and here is Prajwal Hegde's
in the Deccan Herald
.. As Ankita does not seem to be back to her old form after a study break
and then a foot injury, captain Enrico Piperno reportedly said that he would
sleep over it and decide if he should have Rushmi play singles tomorrow against
Kazakhstan .. No surprise results so far in the Fed Cup ..
It was a rainout this morning at the Nottingham challenger, and only some
evening doubles matches were done .. Mustafa and Harsh beat Bart beks (NED)
and Mait Kunnap (EST), 63 76(3) to reach the doubles semis where they next
face the top seeds Justin Gimelstob (USA) and Brandon Coupe (USA) .. They
have scheduled for two rounds of singles tomorrow, as HM faces the tough
3rd seed Ivo Heuberger (SUI,130) and Prakash plays Jakub Adaktusson (SWE,320)
in the morning.
Sunil Kumar has reached the singles and doubles QF at the $15K UZB F15
.. [R2] d. Sarvar Ikramov (UZB,1116), 64 62 .. He is also in the doubles
semifinals .. [QF] (1) Alexey Kedriouk (KAZ)/ S.K.Sipaeya d. Pavel Ivanov
(RUS)/ Mikhail Ledovskikh (RUS) 64 62 ... At the $15K Kuwait futures, Rohan
Bopanna could not get past the first seed Florin Mergea (ROM, 273), as he
went down 26 67(3) .. Rohan and Vijay Kannan, seeded 3rd, did win the doubles
46 63 76(3) over Patrick Chucri (LIB) and Jasper Smit (NED) to reach the
QF .. Vijay Kannan plays the singles second round tomorrow.
Apr 19 Note-2
Neha Uberoi (USA) had a wildcard into the main draw of the $75K Dothan
challenger, but got a tough draw, as she ran into the 4th seed Jamea Jackson
(USA,117) who is a very talented 18 year old who has been rising like Sania
.. Neha went down 26 36 today .. She is also in tyhe doubles draw there.
A little bit of news that just came to my attention .. Roshni Luthra,
a 15 year old who has been traveling around quite a bit for the last couple
of years already and playing some ITF junior events, finally had a bit of
nice success last week at a grade-4 event in Barbados, reaching the semifinal,
upsetting the 2nd seed Ashley Spicer (USA,266) in straight sets and then
the 4th seed Arielle Von Strolle (JAM,475) in a comeback threesetter .. She
fell to the 5th seed in a poor match in the semi, but a commendable run nonetheless
.. She moved up some 250 odd spots to #620 in the juniors .. Also playing
there was 16 yr old Akshay Bajoria, who was seeded 2nd and reached
the semi where he was upset by the 4th seed .. He had also reached a grade-5
semi in Malta two weeks back, which was right after a brief training stint
at the Bob Brett Academy in Italy .. If I am not mistaken, Rico Piperno coaches
Akshay and was at Bob Brett's academy with him as well .. Bajoria, by the way,
has only been playing ITF juniors for the last 10 months or so (about 15
odd events but mostly all abroad, and he has only played one event in India
where he lost to Vivek Shokeen in the first round) ..
These results are not really earthshattering or anything, but it is nice
to see decent success in back-to-back events abroad after a coaching stint
.. These were the first ITF junior semifinals for him .. Hope he builds on
it fast and shows he has taken a step up .. We could use as many promising
kids as we can find .. There is nothing sure in tennis, as far as predicting
the future for any prospect is concerned, and thus the best way to ensure
that there will be good players in the future would be to have as many good
juniors as possible come up, so that there is enough chance for at least
some of them with proper tools to stay focused and show that they have what
it takes to make it big later.
Apr 19 Note-1
Leander and Zimonjic are in the draw at the Barcelona ATP this week,
but they have a bye to the PQF, and wouldn't play their first round till
thursday as their opponents are to be determined only tomorrow.
The Fed Cup matches start in Delhi tomorrow for the 8 teams in Group-I (the
lower level Group-II ties started today) .. India is seeded 3rd and is pooled
weith China, Kazakhstan and Singapore .. We start with Singapore tomorrow,
followed by Kazakhstan on Thursday and China on Friday .. The other pool
is tougher, with Australia, Chinese Taipei, Korea, etc .. The #1 from each
pool after the round robins would play the #2 of the other pool in the semis
on saturday .. Unfortunately, only ONE team among the eight can advance to
the world group playoffs this time .. India should not have too much problems
finishing within top-2 in our pool , but whether we have enough to get past
China, Australia, etc in the playoffs remain to be seen .. That would depend
on how much of support Shikha can get from Rushmi and/or Ankita at the #2
singles spot .. Sania's name is still in the team, and that helped us get
the seeding and a chance to at least make the knockouts, but according to
the Hindustan Times, it became official today that Sania cannot
play, on doctors advice, after she made a wuick trip back to Hyderabad and
saw the doctor, who seems to have put a tough stop to all talking of possibly
playin late in the week, etc .. She needs at least 12 more days to complete
the prescribed 6 weeks, and the ankles are only 70% according to the doc
.. Sania will be with the team and cheer them though ..
More great news from Nottingham today, as Prakash Amritraj also advanced
to the second round there, and that too in a pretty big upset of the 8th
seed Simon Greul who has not lost any Indians in India .. But he went down
36 36 today to Kash, who seems to be really playing well .. Harsh plays the
tough 3rd seed Ivo Heuberger (SUI,130) and Prakash plays Jakub Adaktusson
(SWE,320) tomorrow .. Harsh and Mustafa, seeded 4th in doubles, also advanced
in doubles, as they beat Sebastien Fitz and Simon Greul of Germany easily,
63 61 .. They next face Bart Beks (NED) and Mait Kunnapo (EST) .. Good to
see Indians doing so well there so far ..
Also on the tour this week are Sunil Kumar Sipaeya, Rohan Bopanna and Vijay
Kannan .. Sunil has advanced in singles and doubles at the $15K UZB F3 futures
in Namangan, UZB .. He beat qualifier Dimitri Makeyev (UZB,1461), 62 63 ..
In doubles, SKS and Alexey Kedriouk (UZB) beat Ervand Gasparyan
(RUS)/ Grigory Mazil (RUS), 61 64 .. He plays wildcard Sarvar Ikramov (UZB,1116)
next in singles .. At the Kuwait F1 $15K, Vijay Kannan (IND,511) is seeded
6th and advanced with a tough 57 64 63 match against qualifier David Klier
(GER,1461) .. Bopanna has not played his R1 yet, but he runs into the top
seed Florin Mergea (ROM,273) .. In doubles the third seeded Bopanna/Kannan
pair beat Patric Chukri (LIB) and Jasper Smit (NED), 46 63 76(4) ..
Apr 18 Notes
The new rankings show Leander and Zimonjic moving up to #7 in ATp doubles
team rankings, thanks to the big title at the Monte carlo Masters, which
gave them 500 points (100 race points) to take their team race total to 143
.. They edged just ahead of Mahesh and Woodbridge who are at the #8 spot
Harsh Mankad started off the Nottingham challenger with a totally dominating
performance, in a 62 60 win over #329 Lee Childs .. Qualifier Prakash Amritraj
plays the 8th seed Simon Greul tomorrow in the first round.
The new junior ranks show a huge jump for Sanam Singh from #81 to #30, as
he raised his point total from 295 to 480 .. Three Indians are in the top-30,
for the first time since ITF started the junior ranks, as far as I know ..
Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan is at #27 and Vivek Shokeen is at #29 .. In fact, they
are #4,5,6 in the Asian rankings, following world #2 Sun-Yong Kim of Korea,
#5 Chu-Huan Yiu of Taipei and #20 Abdulla Magdas .. Actually Sanam beat the
current #10, #7, #5 and #3 in Asia in four matches in a row at Seoul this
last week, which is quite an impressive show .. Also note that only Jeevan and Sanam
are eligible for junior status next year among the current Asian top-10 ..
As they are not defending points till the end of the year, they are all easily set
for the next 4 grand slam juniors main draws .. Hope AITA would be continuing their
usual plan of sending those who make grand slams to a European tour in connection
with the uipcoming FO and Wimbledon, hopefully with at least one grade-1events
each on clay and grass as preparation, preferably two each.
Apr 17 Notes
Another quick update .. LP and Zimonjic won the big doubles title
with a walkover today from the Bryans, at the Monte Carlo masters .. Their
first title, and it is a big one (forgot to mention that LP-NZ had easily
beaten the 4th seeds Arthurs-Hanley, 63 64 yesterday) .. Great dominating week for LP-Zimo .. Prakash Amritraj
qualified into the Nottingham challenger main draw today (but Mustafa could
not upset the 3rd seed) .. More big news .. We have yet another Asian junior champion .. It is 17 year old Sanam Krishna Singh
who won both the singles and doubles title at Seoul at the big ITF grade-1
Asian Juniors in Seoul .. 180 points for the title to Sanam, which makes
it the biggest title won by an Indian since LP won the grand slam juniors!
.. With doubles points also, he has picked up +185 in his best-6 (S&D)
points total - enough to catapult him from #81 to inside top-30 in the world
junior rankings .. Would you believe that threee Indians (Jeevan, Vivek and
Sanam) will be in the top-30 next week? .. Later with more .. Gotta run.
Apr 16 Notes
Quick updates .. Rushmi went down in the challenger final, but still
big congrats to her .. Prakash had a bye and then won the Q2 at Nottingham
.. Mustafa had a huge upset of the 5th seed Capkovic (his best win in a while)
and has also reached Q3 .. Sanam Singh totally in a zone at the Asian Juniors
- upsets Vivek to reach final and wins doubles title with Jeevan .. He will
also crack top-40 now (Wow! all three boys in top-40) .. Later with more
Apr 15 Notes
She and Sai went down in the doubles final today at the $25K challenger in
Mumbai, Rushmi made sure that she would be playing tomorrow! .. 27 year old
Rushmi Chakravarthi reached the first challenger final of her career
today, as she ended Shruti Dhawan's run in the semifinal in a 62 75 win ..
Though she has reached three challenger QFs in India and one abroad, this
was the first semifinal Rushmi has played in her relative long career ..
Big congratulations go to Rushmi for getting the job done .. She has picked
up enough points to move up the ranks back close to her careder high of #310
.. See the results in the Mumbai women's challenger page.
It is nice to see that Rushmi is in fine form right now, as we would need
help from her next week at the Fed Cup (and hopefully she is not too tired
after all the matches this week) .. According to the reports, Shikha Ubeori
and Ankita have been practising hard at Delhi .. Ankita is reportedly feeling
much better and the pain from the foot injury she had last week has reduced
a lot .. Rico Piperno is quoted to be saying that he hopes that Sania would
at least be avaiable to play if we need her late in the week - that is if
we make the semifinal stage and all that .. She was expected to be in Delhi
early this weekend .. Let us hope for all the best .. It is ghood to know
that Ankita is in good form, just in case Shikha and Rushmi need help.
The main draw cut dropped by about 4-5 spots ion the last couple of days
at the Nottingham $25K+H challenger, and so Harsh Mankad has now made direct
entry there without qualies .. The qualifying draw has just come out .. Prakash
Amritraj is seeded 3rd in the qualies with a first round bye .. He would
be playing the second round tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon .. Mustafa Ghouse
plays the Q1 in the morning against Alex Miotto (GBR,989); if he advances
he will run into the 5th seed Kamil Capkovic (SVK,306).
At the Asian Juniors, our boys continue to make news! .. 8th seed Sanam Singh
had the best win of his career as he upset the 2nd seed Martin Sayer (HKG)
ranked 29th in the world .. He did that in style, that too - in a 64 62 match
.. Also continuing his fantastically consistent run was Vivek Shokeen,
who beat the 12th seed Yuichi Sugita (JPN,149), 63 63 .. After about 15 matches
in the last 10 days, Jeevan seems to have finally run out of steam .. I guess
he must have been tored too, as he went down todaty to Sho Aida (JPN,144)
by a 46 26 .. [source: PTI newswire in The Hindu] ..
We are assured of a finalist now, as Vivek faces Sanam in the semi .. I have
not seen the official scores; so no scores on doubles, but I believe Vivek-Takeuchi
and Jeevan-Sanam both won today and will face each others in the semi on
Saturday .. The good news is that Sanam has picked up +60 in points, which
is enough to raise his rank from #81 to inside top-55 and give him a realistic
chance of making the entry for the upcoming French Open and Wimbledon juniors
.. It would be terrific to see three of our boys there ..
Apr 14 Notes
Leander and Zimonjic seem to be playing really well this week .. At
the Monte Carlo masters, they had an easy 63 63 win today over Martin Damm
and Radek Stepanek of CZE, who had upset the second seeds in the previous
round .. Unfortunately, Mahesh and Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) went down in
a tough match, 57 36 36 to the 4th seeds Wayne Arthurs and Paul Hanley, who
will now play the semis against LP-Zimo .. I believe the SF will be on Saturday.
At the Mumbai challenger, it was another fabulous day by our ladies, as Shruti
and Rushmi won the QFs and will now face each other, thus ensuring that we
will have an Indian in the final .. 6th seeded Rushmi Chakravarthi pulled a 36 60 64 upset
over the 3rd seeded Napaporn Tongsalee (THA,306) .. After being up 3-0 i
the first set Rushmi lost 6 games in a row, but then turned it around completely
to win six in a row and take the second set .. Nice comeback by Rushmi ..
Shruti Dhawan's dream run continued, as she too pulled smashing 36 61 61
comeback on Sai Jayalakshmy who herself had been playing very well this week
and had upset the top seed yesterday .. Shruti's show the last two weeks
have been an eye-opener .. First she upset two top-500 players (Vorobieva
and Vitayaviroj) on the way to a QF last week at the $10K event .. Now she has qualified in
and picked up more with another win over a top-500 caliber player (Lubiani) and an impressive win over a tough Sai
.. Including 4 points last week (2 quality points) and 13 (with 1.5 for qualies) this week, she
has picked up 17 more to add to the 11.25 she had before last week .. That
is enough to raise her rank from #777 to all the way up at around #530 ..
Wow! .. Way to go Shruti! .. With today's win, she has shown rather clearly
that she deserves that next spot behind Shikha and Rushmi in the Indian team,
especially if Ankita is in any injury trouble (she has been, lately) .. The current team officially
nominated to ITF is Sania, Shikha, Rushmi, and Ankita .. If Sania cannot play
and a replacement is needed, Shruti will definitely be my pick on the basis of current
form .. Rushmi, by the way, has picked up 12.5 points this week and 2 last
week, which is enough to take her point total to around 68 and her ranking
to inside 340 from the current #374 .. Sai and Rushmi have reached the doubles
final as well! .. See the results in the Mumbai women's challenger page.
At the big grade B1 ITF Asian Juniors at the Olympics courts in Seoul, there
was more good news today as all three boys reached the quarterfinals! ..
Scores .. [PQF] (3) Vivek Shokeen (IND,26) d. (15) Jun Chao Xu (CHN,189),
62 64 .. [PQF] (4) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND,25) d. (13) Faisal Aidil INA,152),
64 62 .. [PQF] (8) Sanam Singh (IND,81) d. (10) Kento Takeuchi (JPN,87),
61 62 .. That was a big win by Sanam Singh, who picked up some 40 extra singles
points to add to his total and raise his rank from #81 to inside #65 with
that! .. Unfortunately, the girls' woes continued - [PQF] (7) Sandhya Nagaraj
(IND,103) l. Denise Dy (PHI,573), 46 16 .. In the quarterfinals, Vivek plays
the 12th seed Yuichi Sugita (JPN,149), Jeevan faces Sho Aida (JPN,144) who
had upset the 9th seed, and Sanam runs into the second seed Martin Sayer
(HKG,29) .. Madura/ Sandhya, seeded 4th were upset by a Filippino pair in
the PQF but the boys have all reached the QF in doubles as well .. I am really
impressed by the consistency these three boys have shown in these last two
or three weeks .. Go guys, go!
Apr 13 Notes
Today was a good day for Mahesh and Leander, as both reached the quarterfinals
at the Monte Carloa masters with straight set wins .. LP and Zimonjic had
a stunningly easy 61 61 win over a very good team of Etlis and Rodriguez
.. Mahesh and Gonzalez upset the 8th seeds Aspelin-Perry by a 76(4) 63 score
.. Up next for LP-Zimo are the Czech pair Martin Damm and Radek Stepanek
who upset the 2nd seeds Knowles-Nestor today .. MB-Gonzalez play the 4th
seeds Wayne Arthurs and Paul Hanley of Australia .. Both the QF matches are
scheduled for thursday afternoon .. The winners will advance to face each
other in the semis.
The Mumbai challenger had only one Indian seed and the expectations were
low for our contingent to do all that well, but our ladies had other ideas,
as Sai and Shruti came up big today in the second round to advance to the
QF .. Sai Jayalakshmy, 28 years old but showing no signs of losing
her spirit, went ahead and took out the 217th ranked top seed Nina Bratchikova
oppf Russia in straight sets, 64 76(9), and qualifier Shruti Dhawan
followed suit by upsetting Fransesca Lubiani, 76(3) 75 as well .. Sai went
through 6 match points but stayed tough toi pull it off in the 20 point tiebreaker
.. As for Shruti, well, she has really been playing well lately .. 6th seed
Rushmi also took her appointed place in the QF, though she g ot a 3-set fight
today from Megha Vakharia, who is showing all signs of coming back to her
older form .. Shruti and Sai coming to form is probably important for us,
because we do need another good player to support Shikha and Rushmi next
week at the fed Cup if Sania does not play (and it seems to be looking that
way now, though they won't decide till next week) .. Shruti and Sai play
each other in the QF tomorrow, and so we are assured of at least a semifinalist,
which is much better than we could have expected .. See the
Mumbai women's challenger page.
Speaking of Fed Cup, Shikha Uberoi has already reached delhi and out at the DLTA courts today, according to the Hindustan Times report ..
Harsh Mankad has taken off today for UK, as he will be playing the qualies
for the $50K Nottingham hard court challenger .. Prakash Amritraj also has
gone to UK .. These two were actually hitting together for a few days in
Mumbai .. Great to see out two Davis Cup singles guys already getting their
work done .. I believe Mustafa Ghouse will also be there in UK .. HM and
Mustafa are expected to play doubles together at Nottingham ..
The Indian contingent did fine in the second round of the ITF Asian
Juniors and most have reached the final-16 round in Korea ..Scores - [R2]
(3) Vivek Shokeen (IND,26) d. Kim Sung Ho (KOR,1031), 64 64 .. [R2] (4) Jeevan
Nedunchezhiyan (IND,25) d. Sang-Oh Oh (KOR,1141), 62 61 ..[R2] (8) Sanam Singh
(IND,81) d. Jae-Yun Lee (KOR,NR), 75 64 .. [R2] (7) Sandhya Nagaraj (IND,103)
d. Soon-Mi Seo (KOR,931), 63 63 .. That was a good win by Sandhya, as Soon-Mi
was ranked near top-200 as early as over a year back .. Madura went down
though - [R2] (13) Madura Ranganathan (IND) l. Hae-Sung Kim (KOR,1142) 76(2)
57 06 .. In the PQF round, Vivek plays the 15th seed Jun Chao Xu (CHN,189),
Jeevan plays the 13th seed Faisal Aidil (INA,152), Sanam has a touogh match
against the 10th seed Kento Takeuchi (JPN,87) and Sandhya plays Denise Dy
(PHI,573) .. From now on the event get significantly tougher, and the points
are also comparably higher.
Apr 12 Note-2
Easy match for Mahesh and his temporary partner Fernando Gonzales (CHI)
at the Monte Carlo Masters .. They beat Dominik Hrbati (SVK) and Marat Safin
(RUS), 63 63 .. They play the 8th seeds Simon Aspelin (SWE) and Todd Perry
(AUS) in the second round next, on wednesday .. Also playing on wednesday
are the 5th seeded Paes-Zimonjic, who face Gaston Etlis (ARG) and Martin
Rodriguez (ARG) .. Both matches are scheduled for the evening.
Apr 12 Note-1
Another slow update from me .. I should stop becoming lazy .. Nothing
much was happening yesterday, as there was only doubles at the Mumbai challenger
.. Things have started for the week now ..
Mahesh and a new partner for just this week, fenando Gonzales of Chile are
playing the first round of doubles this evening at the Monte Carlo masters
.. They play a tough pair - Dominik Hrbaty (SVK) and Marat Safin (RUS) ..
Leander and Zimonjic are seeded 6th and have a first roun bye .. They play
the winner of today's match between Etlis and Rodriguez against wildcards
Monfils and Gasquet ..
The ITF $25K "MSLTA" Mumbai women's challenger had all 16 first round
matches completed today .. No big surprises and not a great day for the Indian
ladies .. Four Indians (6th seed Rushmi, Sai, wildcard Megha, qualifier Shruti)
advanced to the PQF round .. Three Indians had qualified in (Shruti, Geeta
and Tara) during the weekend .. Good to see 16 year old Tara doing fine agaimn,
after several months of injury problems last year (she was ranked as high
as #45 in the junior world rankings last year, but she seems to be concentrating
on only pro events now) .. Tara played a good match against the 7th
seed Vorobieva .. AQlso playing a very good match and showing that she too
has recovered from over a year of injury problems was Megha vakharia, who
upset Adriana Szili to advance .. Rushmi got some resistence from Isha Lakhani
but advanced .. Isha still does not seem to be playing at the level she was
over a year back .. Wildcard Sanaa, returning from some time off due to board
exams, does not seem to be in good singles form yet .. Ankita Bhambri, who
is currently injured, also could not do much today .. Sai goit a tough match
but advanced against Punam Reddy .. Sai runs into the top seed Bratchikova
tomorrow though .. Megha and Rushmi play each other next, and so we are assured
of one QF entry .. See the Mumbai women's challenger page for all the scores.
The Uberoi sisters played another WTA qualifiers last week .. At the big
$1.3 million Tier-1 Family Circle Cup at Charleston, SC, USA .. #135 Shikha
Uberoi, styill listed under USA (which continues to bug all of us fans :)),
went down 16 36 to the 9th see Angela Haynes (USA,100) .. Neha Uberoi (USA,298)
who had played a very good qualifying match last week as well, again played
well, but went down against the 16th seed Lindsey lee-waters (USA,116), 67(3)
26 .. Shikha should be traveling to India right away and getting ready for
Fed Cup next week ..
At the $15K UZB F1 futures in Karshi, Uzbekistan, Sunil Kumar Sipaeya could
not do much, as he has gone down in both singles and doubles already this
week .. 6th seeded SKS lost to qualifier Artem Sitak (RUS), 61 16
16 .. In doubles the 3rd seeded pair of SKSD and Ti Chen (TPE) lost to Deniss
Pavlovs (LAT) and Alexander Yarmola (RUS), 67(3) 26 .. He goes to the UZB
F2 next week at Gulistan.
The Indian kids had a good start at the Grade B1 Asian Juniors in Korea,
which was held in Delhi the last few years and has rotated out to Korea now
.. It has also been upgraded to a grade B1 event (it used to be grade
B2 till last year when it was in Delhi) .. That makes it a little bit bigger
in points than even a grade-1 ITF event .. The winner and RU get more points
than in a Grade 1 .. That reflects ITF's recognition of Asian tennis as having
gone up a few levels in the last few years) .. The winner gets 180, Runner-up
120, SF 80, QF 60, PQF 30, R2 20 .. The world #2 Sun-Yong Kim (KOR) and #5
Chu-Huan Yi (TPE) are not there, and on the basis of this week's ranks, Jeevan
and Vivek are the top two players in the boys' draw (though Kuwait's Abdulla
Magdas and Hong Kong's Martin Sayer are the top two seeds from last week's
ranks). On the girls' side, the world #10 Yung-Jan Chan (TPE), #13 Wen-Hsin
Hsu (TPE), and perhaps the hottest current player, 3rd seed #34 Ayumi Morita
(just 14 years old!) are all there. Results so far: [R1] (3) Vivek
Shokeen (IND,26) d. Christopher Rungkat (INA,258) 75 63 .. [R1] (4) Jeevan
Nedunchezhiyan (IND,25) d. Dae-Jin Kim (IND,816) 63 63 .. [R1] (8) Sanam
Singh (IND,81) d. Byoung Ryoun Koh (KOR,1589), 76(3) 61 .. [R1] (7) Sandhya
Nagaraj (IND,103) d. Shiho Akita (JPN,829), 76(4) 63 .. [R1] (13) Madura
Ranganathan (IND) d. Kasumi Hattori (JPN,182), 62 64 .. [R1] Shivika Burman
(IND) l. (14) Mia Sacca (INA,203) 75 06 26 .. The second round matches are
- Vivek vs Kim Sung Ho (KOR,1031), Jeevan vs Sang-Oh Oh (KOR,1141),
Sanam vs Jae-Yun Lee (KOR,NR), Sandhya vs Soon-Mi Seo (KOR,931), Madura vs
Hae-Sung Kim (KOR,1142) ..
This week's world junior rankings show 16 year old Jeevan at #25 and 17 yr
old Vivek at #26, as the 3rd and 4th highest ranked Asian players - they are actually tied with 467.5 points each! .. 16 year
old Sanam has moved up to a career-high #81 as well .. Excellent .. The boys
really came through well the last week or two after a very slow start in
the asian circuit .. It is unfortunate that we have no girls in the top-100
and none in the Asian top 8 or 10, though.
Apr 11 Notes
Only doubles on the schedule today at the Mumbai $25K challenger .. Tara,
Shruti and Geeta qualified into the main draw .. See the Mumbai challenger page for all the scores.
Apr 10 Notes
Sorry for a late update this weekend .. Actually, it took a very looong
time for news to come out from Colombo on the semis and finals on Friday
and Saturday, that I got lazy to post here ..
There is a news item in the Times of India print edition that Sania is sitting
out for six week to heal the ankle problem .. The news is true, though the
last I heard from Imran Mirza was also that she was still in the Fed Cup
team for the Apr 18th week at Delhi .. We will just wait and see what transpires
.. If you ask me, I would say she should not even think about Fed Cup if
the doctors are ordering her to take six weeks off .. You cannot mess around
and re-injure the ankles which she probably has alrerady re-injured once
or twice .. Take rest and let that problem go away once and for all..
Rohan Bopanna was in the final at the Colombo $10K where he went down to
the 6th seed Peter Mayer-Tischer (GER), 67(2) 26, after a semifinal win over
Jaco Mathew, 67(5) 61 63 .. Pretty goiod work by Rohan and his comeback is
going fine and nicely on schedule so far .. Another good match played by
Jaco in the semi too .. The doubles title was won by Vishal Uppal and Ashutosh
Singh over a very tough team of Rohan Bopanna and Vijay Kannan, in a 63 64
final .. 22 year old Ashutosh has really come on strong lately as a doubles
player .. He has had very good success with both Karan Rastogi and Vishal
Uppal .. This was his third futures doubles final with three different partners
(Dekel Waltzer of Israel, Karan and Vishal) this year and his first futures
The big news was of course from Japan, where Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan
reached both the singles and doubles finals at the Japan Open junior ITF
grade-1 at Nagoya on carpet (hard artifical grass) courts .. Reaching a Grade-1
final is a big accomplishment .. Sania had one Grade-1 final (and title)
at Philippines in 2003, and Karan Rastogi had one grade-1 final in Kentucky
in 2003 - and those are the only other instances of finals by our kids that
I know of, in about a decade .. To reach the finals, Jeevan won the semifinal
over the 11th seed Hsin-Han Lee (TPE,73) in a 62 61 shellacking ..
Vivek Shokeen had lost the semi, 26 36 to the 4th seed Andreas Haider-Maurer
(AUT,46) who then went on to beat Jeevan in the final in a barn-burner, 76(2)
67(4) 62 .. Jeevan and Sanam Singh won the semi over Vivek and Samuel Groth
(AUS), 61 64 before losing the final, once agin after a serious fight, 36
64 26 to the 2nd seeded Taipei pair, Huai-En Chang and Hsin-Han Lee .. Though
Jeevan lost both the finals, one has to give him credit for doing it only
after a fight, and for once again proving that his high ranking is no fluke
and that he belongs right up there .. Jeevan, Vivek and Haider-Maurer will
all be ranked right around #25 next week ..
By the way Jeevan will be the second youngest player in the world junior
top-30 (or top-25) next week, the only younger player being the current world
junior #1 Donald Young of USA who is a couple of months younger. If
you are looking to find out who the next big story in Indian tennis is -
well, you have got a long name, Jeevan Mathivannan Nedunchezhiyan, to memorize
:-) ... [I think he also has that name "Mathivannan" somewhere - I believe
ITF printed it that way once when he played the u14 world juniors, if I am
Yuki Bhambri went down in the final of the ITF u14 tournament in Delhi yesterday,
but due to all the upset wins last week and this week, he will qualify to
be in the ITF u14 team to Europe this year .. That is really an amazing achievement
for a kid who is a couple of years younger than most players at the u14 level.
Later with the Mumbai $25K women's challenger news.
Apr 8 Notes
Excellent upset by Jaco Mathew at the $10K in Colombo today, as
the unseeded 20 year old reached the semifinal with a surprising 64 75 upset
of the second seed Konstantine Gruber (AUT,422), easily the biggest win of
Jaco's career .. Big congratulations go to the young guy .. These Colombo
claycourts have been Jaco's "happy-hunting ground", so to say .. That is
where he won his only junior ITF title, in the 2002 grade-4 when he had some
huge wins over those like Somdev and Divij to take the title and reach his
highest junior ranking of #82 in the world .. Jaco did not play a full junior
schedule and has been in the peripheries of the ITF pro events for about
three years .. The guy has persevered without a whole lot of support from
too many quarters .. Travelled around a lot to the Nigerias and Egypts of
the world, even to a clay satellite circuit in Serbia in 2003! .. He had
reached the SF of the Delhi futures in November 2002 as an 18 year old, and
this is his second futures semi .. The first glimpses of his quality showed
late last year when he reached two doubles finals and two doubles semis in
back to back events in Qatar .. He even troubled Harsh Mankad recently, taking
him to a tiebreaker in an Indian futures .. Looks like Jaco's career graph
is beginning to show a nice up-tick .. Hope things go well for him from here
on out ..
The big match of the day at Colombo was between the 8th seeded Rohan Bopanna and
Karan Rastogi, which RB won 64 64 .. Rohan's comeback is going very smoothly
so far and he is steadily going up to the level of play he had before the
shoulder injury and surgery .. Karan is of course not an easy one to beat,
as we know .. The tough loss today was by the 3rd seed Vijay Kannan in an
incredible barn-burner that went the distance, as he lost to the 6th seed
Peter Mayer-Tischer (GER,588), 76(8) 46 67(11) .. Oh well .. Rohan
and Jaco play one of the two semis, and so we are assured of a finalist there.
More good news -- At the Japan Open grade-1 in Nagoya, our boys had a clean
slate today, Jeevan and Vivek reaching the singles semis, and then Jeevan-Sanam
and Vivek-Groth both winningh their doubles QFs as well .. Here are the scores
.. [QF] (1) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND,43) d. (11) Kento Takeuchi
(JPN,106), 61 62 .. [QF] (2) Vivek Shokeen (IND,35) d. (WC) Junn Mitsuhashi
(JPN,849), walkover .. The semis will be Jeevan vs (11) Hsin-Han Lee (KOR,73)
and Vivek vs (4) Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT,46) .. Here are the doubles scores
so far - [R1] byes for both our teams .. [R2] (1) J.Nedunchezhiyan/ S.K.Singh
d. Shota Iino (JPN)/ Shuichi Sekiguchi (JPN), 64 75 .. [QF] d. Weerapat Daokmaiklee
(THA)/ Takanobu Fujii (JPN) 75 67(7) 61 .. [R2] (5) Samuel Groth (AUS)/ V.Shokeen
d. Arata Onozawa (JPN)/ Kento Takeuchi
(JPN), 16 61 64 .. [QF] d. (3) Andrew Coelho (AUS)/ James Lemke (AUS) 36
63 75 .. The semifinal will pit our boys against each other now - [SF]
(1) Jeevan/ Sanam vs (5) Samuel-Vivek .. The Japan Open is never an easy
junior event, and the only time I remember one of our boys reaching the semis
was last year when Divij did that .. Even Somdev, Karan and Sania have all
had trouble getting past the QF there despite being seeded highly ..
Jeevan's win today, especially the scoreline, was impressive .. The doubles
scores also indicate some serious focus and fight from our boys .. They have
also picked up a lot of points from all this - Vivek is now expected to move
up to #22 in the world juniors and Jeevan to about #31 .. This is fabulous.
The good news does not end even there .. The unseeded 12 year old phenom,
Yuki Bhambri, followed up his big upset of the top seed yesterday with an
easy 62 62 upset of the 7th seed today as well, to reach the final of the
ITF Asia zone-1 tournament-2 in Delhi .. I have just
posted the scores in the forum.
By the way, the latest US collegiate rankings show Somdev Dev Varman
at #17, easily the highest ranked freshman player in the colleges .. Actually
he would be ranked even higher, had he been getting enough chances to play
top-100 players whom he beats easily .. As the University of Virginia team
has senior players who are ranked in the top-10, Somdev still only gets to
play the #3 spots on that team, ranked 3rd in the college team ranks. So,
SKD's rank may not move up much more this year, now that college season is
into conference dual matches (college-vs-college) unlike during the winter
when there were a lot of individual tournaments. Seems like SKD has
recovered from his wrist injury from earlier - he continues to pick up that
assured win every week for UVa at the #3 spot ..
The men's and boys' side of Indian tennis looks quite healthy right
now, doesn't it? .. Hey, weren't we talking about Indian tennis being on
the death-bed and all that recently?? .. Put all that talk into cold storage
for some more time, friends!
Apr 7 Notes
Today was abad day for our women at the $10K in Mumbai, as all three
of them went down in the QFs .. See our frind Neha reporting from there in
the forum thread .. Sanaa Bhambri in the doubles draw (in the final, actually) is the only one still alive .. All the results are at the Mumbai $10K page.
But very good news from the $10K men's event in Colombo, as Vijay Kannan,
Rohan Bopanna, Karan Rastogi an Jaco Mathew are in the QFs .. Jaco's win
over Vishal Uppal was impressive .. Karan plays Rohan tomorrow in the QF
and that would be a cool match! .. PK Basu has been promptly posting the scores from there ..
Also good news from the Japan Open grade-1 ITF juniors in Nagoya ..
Jeevan and Rupesh are both th in the singles final 8 of the 48-draw event
.. 60 more points for these two, which would be enough to move Jeevn near
top-35 and Vivek near top-30 .. Sanam Singh went down, unable to upset the
6th seed in the PQFs .. Here are the scores - [PQF] (12) Sanam Singh (IND,93)
l. (6) Andrew Coelho (AUS,64), 06 67(5) .. [PQF] (2) Vivek Shokeen (IND,35)
d. (15) James Lemke (FRA,135), 61 63 .. [PQF] (1) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND,43)
d. Stephen Donald (AUS,136), 46 62 63 .. In the QF tomorrow, Jeevan plays
the 11th seed Kento Takeuchi (JPN,106) and Vivek plays a talented wildcard,
Junn Mitsuhashi (JPN,849) who has upset the 9th and 8th seeds to reach this
far .. Madura and Sandhya had lost the doubles first round, but all three
boys have reached the doubles QFs .. So glad to see at least the boys recovering
from the bad results in the first two weeks and doing some good work during
this team tour sponsored by AITA ..
Forgot to mention earlier that Mustafa Ghouse had won the first round at
the British $15K this week, with a 67(4) 64 64 over Petar Popovic
(SCG) before going down to the tough 7th seed Lee Childs 26 26 in the R2
.. Mustafa is not playing doubles this week .. Though he only got one ATP
point, it was good to see him qualifying in and winning a round .. he has
not had too many singles wins lately and the wins this week should hopefully
raise his spirits a bit, about his singles game.
There is another ITF u14 Asian zone 1 tournament in Delhi this week .. This
time, again, we have only one kid in the SF of either draw - but it is heartening
to see that it is one of the two youngest players at the whole tournament
.. Yuki Bhambri had a big upset of the top seed (and last week's winner)
today to reach the SF .. Keep it going, my boy! .. See the scores are in
this forum thread (thanks meyyis!) ..
Apr 6 Notes
Three Indians made it to the quarterfinal of the $10K ITF "DHFL" women's
circuit event in Mumbai - Rushmi, Shruti and Punam .. See the
$10K page for all the scores .. Shruti and Punam have played very well so
far, and Rushmi is in top form, as always in any event in India .. Unfortunately,
Isha ran into the tough top seed and went down today, and Sai could not get
past the 2nd seed either.
At the $10K ITF futures in Colombo, some pretty nice show by Indians
so far .. Karan, Rohan, Vijay, Kamala and VM Ranjeet all advanced today ..
scores - Rohan Bopanna d. Adam Fass 64 75 .. Karan Rastogi d. Adam Sandbichler
75 61 .. Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan d. Nick Monroe 63 36 62 .. Kamala Kannan
d. Cheong-Eui Kim, 63 46 63 .. It seems Vijay Kannan beat Ashutish Singh (Thanks
go to PK Basu for calling Colombo and finding the scores for us!) .. Those
are some good wins -- especially, Rohan's and Ranjeet's .. 5th seed Vishal
Uppal had won the R1 yesterday over Oshada Wijemanne (SR), 64 64 and Jaco
Mathew had beaten Rohan De Silva (SRI), 62 64 .. Keep it going guys!
The Indian boys have had a nice start to the grade-1 ITF Japan Open
in Nagoya .. Jeevan, Vivek and Sanam have all reached the final 16 round
today .. Here are all the results .. Madura was the only unseeded Indian
who had to play the first round .. She and 13th seed Sandhya have lost in
their first matches though .. Here are all the scores so far .. [R1] Madura
Ranganathan (IND,229) l. Aimi Koga (JPN,535), 62 36 46 .. [R2] (14) Sandhya
Nagaraj (IND,103) l. (wc) Aki Yamasoto (JPN,866), 26 57 .. [R2] (1) Jeevan
Nedunchezhiyan (IND,43) d. Fumiaki Kita (JPN,226), 64 60 .. [R2] (2) Vivek
Shokeen (IND,46) d. (Q) Yuya Tomizaki (JPN,1274), 61 61 ..[R2] (12) Sanam
Singh (IND,109) d. Tomita Genki (JPN,414), 62 62 .. In the final-16 round,
Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan plays (16) Stephen Donald (AUS,136), Vivek faces (15)
James Lemke (FRA,135) and Sanam runs into (6) Andrew Coelho (AUS,64) .. Good
to see Jeevan coming back from a 2-week injury break with a nice and easy
[By the way, a correction from what I said earlier -- The doubles title
last week for Vivek-Sanam was worth 75 points; as ITF uses different point
tables for singles and doubles in the juniors; I forgot that .. The ranks
I predicted were close though .. Vivek Sokeen has now moved to a career-high
#35 and Sanam has moved back to #93 this week]
Apr 5 Notes
At the Mumbai $10K, Ankita had to retire with an ankle injury early in the
first set, and Sai went down against the 2nd seed, but Shruti Dhawan pulled
off an impressive three-set upset of a tough 4th seed, Julia Vorobieva! ..
Punam reddy's win over Archana venkatraman also was impressive .. Megha,
returning from several months off due to an injury that I believe is now
healed, had to unfortunately run into the top seed .. See the Mumbai women's $10K page ..
Noticed this result only a couple of days late .. Neha Uberoi (USA,298) had
a wildcard into the qualies at the big $585K Amelia Island WTA in USA ..
Neha played a rerally impressive match against #85 Marissa Irvin, though
she went down, 26 63 26 .. Even taking a set off a player of Marissa's caliber
is good to see .. Neha will hopefully be all recovered from her rib injury
problems and will hit a nice stride soon I am sure ..
Apr 4 Notes
Mustafa Ghouse and Scott Lipsy went down 36 36 to the 3rd seeds Mark
Hilton and Jonathan Marray of GBR, at the $15K Bath futures doubles final
in UK on saturday, but Mustafa has qualified into this week's $15K futures!
.. Scores - [Q1] Bye .. [Q2] (3) M.Ghouse d. Jonathan
Maskens (GBR) 62 62 .. [Q3] d. (9) Tom Rushby (GBR) 75 75 .. In the first
round of the main draw, he faces Petar Popovic (SCG) ..
The Mumbai $10K has started today .. Sonal, Tara and Karishma qualified in,
but Sanaa Bhambri went down in the firs round .. Check out the forum
where our onsite fanclub friend,
Neha, is giving the results and match reports .. I will start an archive page very soon.
At the $10K in Colombo Vishal Uppal and Jacco Mathew advanced to the second round .. Karan, Vijay, etc are to play on Tuesday.
harsh Mankad moved to a career-high #270 in singles rankings this week, with
the 24 points for the title at Chennai two weeks back. Congratulations,
Harsh! .. HM will next be at the $25K+H Nottingham challenger in UK on the
18th, where he is about 5 out from the main draw .. Prakash is also expected
to play the qualies there ..
.. Previous notes are at
for the weeks ending on Apr 04 ..
I am getting some inquiries from US college
coaches who are interested in Indian junior players .. I would like to be able to
contact Indian players (some of the coaches are inquiring about specific names) ..
If any of the junior players are reading this, please contact me .. Or if any of
the other readers know the contact emails/address for any junior playera, let me know ..
Please email me - R.Jayakrishnan