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LP/MB/NV/Indian-Tennis: Notes for the week ending on June 17, 2002
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June 17 Notes

At Delhi, the satellite masters started with no upsets today .. Sheetal had an even easier win against Archana Venkatraman, whom she had never beaten before last week .. Make that 16 straight wins for her .. See the Delhi satellite page.

I have not seen the draw for the Canada F2 futures this week at Montreal, but Sunil Kumar missed out on the min draw cut, and ended up as the top seed in the qualies .. He has reached the final round of qualies after a Q1 bye and two wins - over two Candians, Bruno Agostinelli Jr., 62 63, and then Conor Casey, 64 75 .. He plays Marshall Brown (USA)  in the final qualifying round.

Late news from last week -- Rishi Sridhar and Kamala Kannan won won round each at the China satellites leg-2 .. Rishi beat Jong-Sam Chung (KOR) 62 62 and fell to the 5th seed Sadik Kadir (AUS) in a cole match, 64 46 57 .. Kamala beat lucky loser Jing-Yi Li (CHN) 64 64 and fell to Peng Sun (CHN), 26 64 36 .. In doubles, Sridhar-Kannan, who were semifinalists the previous week, lost in the R1 to Ran Xu and Shao-Xuan Zeng of China, 36 46 .. In the 3rd leg at Tianjin this week, Rishi is seeded 8th based on circuit points, and plays the Chinese wildcard, Shao-Xuan Zeng .. Kannan plays Yi-Ning Wang (CHN) .. Doubles R1 is against the Canadian-Perto Rican pair, Erik Dmytruk and Gabriel Montilla ..

Sai Jayalakshmy was in the entry list for a $10K satellite in Portugal this week .. No news yet.

June 16 Note-2

Mahesh and Mirnyi went down in their second match of the day, the final at the $775K Stella Artois ATP at Queens Club, London, to Black-Ullyett, 57 36 .. MB has generally had tough luck in finals (a 2-5 record) with partners other than Paes .. I guess the extra edge needed in finals against well-set top teams is something that comes only from long-term partnerships .. LP-MB had that, as their stellar 75% winning percentage in some 30 finals would show -- oh well, why I am I talking about that old partnership again? .. It's all forgotten story for everybody but a few diehards like us in the fanclub.

Leander is playing the Nottingham ATP starting on Monday .. He has yet another new partner, Stephen Huss (AUS,64) .. Michael Llodra is there but is playing with his old partner, Fabrice Santoro (they are seeded #4) .. LP's good partner from FO, Tom Cibulec, is also there at Nottingham, but he too is playing with his old partner, Leo Friedl .. LP-Huss play the wildcard team of Greydon Oliver and Andy Roddick of USA .. Greydon, who played for Univ of Illinois last year, is one of the fastest servers on the doubles cricuit and it seems like he has already basically turned into a doubles specialit .. Roddick is Roddick, so this first round matchup may not be an easy one for LP-Huss.  The match is not on the monday schedule at Nottingham.

MB is taking the next week off, before Wimbledon .. We had heard earlier that Mirnyi wouldn't be available for Nottingham next week, probably because he would be getting ready for the Big-W main draw the week after .. I think MB was considering playing at the Nottingham ATP with Knowles next week earlier .. Anyway, Knowles is playing with Mike Bryan there.

June 16 Note-1

6th seeds Mahesh and Mirnyi reached the final at Stella Artois ATP, with a 64 76(4) upset of the top seeds M.Knowles/ D.Nestor .. That is an impressive win - actually this is the first upset win for Mahesh in Mirnyi's company .. Mahesh and Gambill had won a couple of upsets (over Bryan-Bryan and Bjorkman-Woodbridge) on the way to the Hamburg title .. The final at Queens Club is in the evening at about 5.30 pm, after the singles final, against #4 seeds Wayne Black and Kevin Ullyett of RSA ..

June 15 Note-2

Mahesh's semifinal at the Stella Artois got postponed after late evening rains in London .. Hopefully MB-MM will win two tomorrow ..

What has gotten into Sheetal .. She just seems to be completely taking all the others out of whatever game plans they had .. She has won her 3rd straight title .. To my best memory, this is the first time that an Indian has won all the first three legs of a satellite in India .. She beat Shruti, who seemed to be in terrific form allw eek, for a 64 60 score .. Amazing how Sheetal does this .. She has only lost one doubles final (in the first leg) and has gone 26-1 in the matches so far in this circuit with 5 titles and one doubles runner-up finish .. I think we should all just stop calling her "crafty" and "intelligent" and all those things which only seem to imply some other limitations, and just call her a "winner"! .. See the Delhi satellite page .. The masters leg is also at Delhi .. Sheetal now has picked up some Rs 115K, and will get her chance to pick up WTA points also .. WTA points are given solely based on the masters leg performance ..

All kinds of detailed news from Canada .. Tough loss but some tremendous stuff from Ajay Ramaswamy at Mississauga today .. Here is the prompt detailed report from Jai who was on hand to watch the match .. Also out there was Ken Paes (no relation to Leander) who had some great words on Ajay, which also follows .. Thanks, guys for the reports! .. Sorry that it took me 6 hours to put this up - I was away most of today.

"Ajay Ramaswami loses a close battle to Canadian"

Special on-site fan report by Jai Shankar
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Saturday, June 15, 2002

Ajay Ramaswami today lost a close semi-final match to Andrew Nisker of Canada in the 10K ITF Men’s Futures – Mississauga Open at the Ontario Racquet club in Mississauga, Ontario just west of Toronto.  The score in favor of Nisker was 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (10-8).  The match was played indoors on hard courts due to wet weather.

Ajay played a smart, powerful baseline game, but could not capitalize on several opportunities that could have made the difference between winning and losing.  In the end, kudos to Andrew Nisker for hanging tough and winning in two tie-breaks.  Nisker is no push over having beaten Canadian Davis Cupper Simon Larose in an earlier round.

Ajay started the match shakily by serving and being broken immediately.  However, he took control back immediately by breaking Nisker right back.  He then reeled off 5 games in a row to take the first set 6-1.  Nisker was hardly getting any of his first serves in, and Ajay took advantage of this by getting stronger and controlling the rallies from the baseline with this powerful forehand, and deep well-placed backhands.  Ajay showed tremendous mobility on the court.  Ajay won games 2 to 5 of the first set at 15, and then served the set out at love.

Nisker started out the second set serving and held at 15 with a stunning forehand down the line on a full sprint in response to a powerful cross-court forehand from Ajay.  He was serving much better at this stage and his first serve percentage was way up.   Ajay then served strongly to reach 40-15 on serve, but was then taken to deuce by an increasingly aggressive Nisker.  Nisker at this stage adopted a chip and charge approach to attack the net and avoid long drawn out baseline rallies.  Ajay did manage to hold serve to make it 1-1.  He then broke Nisker at love to go up 2-1.  Nisker was starting to show frustration at this stage.  However, in the very next game, with Ajay serving, Nisker broke back at 15 to make it 2-2.  Each player then held serve, but at 3-3, Nisker served a double fault to be broken, and thus Ajay led 4-3.  Ajay then held serve to go up 5-3 – one game from being in the finals.  Nisker, however, held serve at love with 4 aggressive serve and volley points.   It was still 5-4 in favor of Ajay, and he was ready to serve for the match.  However, he proceeded to lose the game meekly at love with 3 unforced errors.  It was now tied at 5 games all in the second set.

Nisker and Ajay then held their respective serves, and thus ended up in a tie-breaker for the second set.  In the tie-break, Ajay was “mini-broken” at 1-2 when he missed a high forehand volley with Nisker out of position.  Ajay was having trouble with his serve at this stage, and his backhand was noticeably less aggressive than in the first set.  He was always a couple of points behind, and lost the tie-break 7-5.

The third set began with Ajay serving. There were no easy points however, and the rallies were long, hard-hitting baseline exchanges.   Ajay did hold serve to go up 1-0.  Nisker then served, and Ajay immediately broke him to lead 2-0.  Ajay appeared to be pumped, and held serve to go up 3-0.  And in the next game, Ajay took the first 2 points to go up 0-30 on Nisker’s serve.

It appeared at this stage that Ajay had the match firmly under his control.  He was controlling points by moving Nisker all over the court and then putting shots away with his opponent out of position.  However, Nisker willed himself back into the game and held serve.  It was 3-1 in favor of Ajay, and he was still ahead by a break.  He then served and held to go up 4-1.  Nisker was not about to give up – he was talking to himself, hopping around, pumping his arms – and held his own serve at love, finishing with a powerful ace.  In this game, Nisker got all his first serves in, and it was evident that he was getting back his service rhythm. It was the start of a furious comeback by Nisker.   It was 4-2 now with Ajay serving, but he could not hold serve.  Nisker got the service break back with aggressive play at the net to make it 4-3 in Ajay's favor.  Nisker then held serve to make it 4-4.  At this stage it could have been anybody’s match.  Ajay held serve to go up 5-4, after facing some anxious moments being down 15-30.  In the next game, with Nisker serving, Ajay gained his first match point at 30-40.  However, again Nisker played aggressively to save it, and then held serve to even the match at 5-5.  The games thus went with serve, and took the match to the third set tie breaker.

The third set tie breaker was closely fought.  Both players traded mini-breaks and score stayed close until 5-5.  At this stage, Nisker gained first match point at 6-5 with Ajay serving, but Ajay demonstrated excellent guts by serving and volleying and thus saving match point.  It was 6-6, and Ajay won the next point to go up 7-6 and thus gain Match Point #2 with Nisker serving.  Again, Nisker saved to make it 7-7.  On the very next point, Ajay gained a mini-break on Nisker to go up 8-7, and thus have Match point #3.  He was to serve, and this would prove to be the best opportunity that he had.  Ajay lost this point.  He then double-faulted (ouch!) to go down 8-9.  This gave Nisker his own Match Point #2, which he served out and thus win the match.

It was disappointing to see Ajay lose a close match, but he had his chances.  And full credit to Andrew Nisker for a gutsy performance in coming back from a bad first set loss and winning two close tie-breakers.

Here is what Ken Paes had to say:
I just came from watching one of the best singles matches I have ever seen live, between A. Nisker and Ajay Ramaswamy in ississauga, Canada.  Ajay won the first set 6-1 in a shocker because A. Nisker was the only top ranked Canadian left in the draw. A. Nisker  was frustrated because Ajay nailed him at the net with 100mph forehands & backhands. Ajay was so fast and could outrun anything A. Nisker could give him. Anyways 2 hours later Ajay lost 61, 67, 67. I just want you to reconize Ajay for the talented player that he is. His talent, attitude and fighting instinct will make him one of India's great players.
Oh yeah, I agree about how good Ajay is .. We have followed his college exploits closely here .. Especially about his fighting qualities and attitude, not to mention the speed and power in the shots .. Just that I was beginning to think that he had sort of let things slide, having not played much for over a year and not producing results like we knew he could .. Terrific to see Ajay back out there and doing well .. Watch out!

In other news, Karan Rastogi, who picked up his first three ITF wins in 9 months this week (except the u16 junior Davis Cup wins in KL recently), went down in the doubles final and singles semifinal at the Morocco ITF grade-5 juniors .. Good to see him getting some wins under the belt .. The 15 year old is way too talented and it will be a slow climb back for him from the injury layoff .. The Indian contingent moves from Rabat to Mahammedia ofr the next ITF juniors in Morocco starting on Monday ..

June 15 Note-1

LP once again got ousted by #2 ranked Knowles-Nestor in the QF, but MB advanced to the SF yesterday .. [QF] #6 M.Llodra/ L.Paes l. #2 M.Knowles/ D.Nestor, 57 36 .. [QF] #6 M.Bhupathi/ M.Mirnyi d. (wc) M.Fish/ J.Morrison, 76(5) 36 63 .. LP-MB had lost in the semis last year at Stella Artois, to the Bryan twins, but LP won't lose too many points, and has basically nothing to defend from now on till Cincinnati .. MB-Mirnyi run into Knowles-Nestor now ..  Here is the "order of play" posted at the official website (which has libe score updates as well --

Saturday, June 15, 2002
L. Hewitt vs. S. Schalken
R. Sluiter vs. T. Henman
M. Bhupathi & M. Paes vs. M. Knowles & D. Nestor
D. Johnson & J. Palmer & W. Black & K. Ullyett

I guess the guys up at Queens are living in a world where Pakistan hasn't been split away from India, postmen and dogs love each other, Argentina and England play friendly soccer, etc :-) .. Of course, I am not implying that LP and MB hate each other like those other parties! .. Or, perhaps they thought Mirnyi was Paes' first name ("M.Paes"!) .. I can never seem to let a chance to take a dig at the British go waste :-)

Great news from Mississauga .. Ajay Ramaswamy pulled off the best upset win of his career, beating #2 seed Thomas Blake (USA,390), 75 62 to reach the semis at the $10K Canada F1 futures .. Wuth Harsh doing well there last year and Ajay this year, we will call Mississauga the "happy hunting courts" for us eh ? :-) .. He now plays talented Candian, Andrew Nisker, who upset the 7th seed in the SF .. Ajay and Sunil Kumar went down in the doubles QF to the 4th seeds Josh Goffi and Michael Tebbutt ..

Congratulations to Jeev Milkha Singh for making the cut at US Open golf to the 3rd round and becoming the first Indian to ever make the cut at any majors .. That he let it rip on the 18th hole knowing that playing safe would still possibly do for the cut, was impressive .. He bogeyed it (and he said he thought he had "made his stupidest mistake" of his career), but fortune favors the brave, as he made the cut tied for the 60th spot .. We knew it only 6 hours later in a nerve-wracking finish, with one among two remaining +9 players having to fall to +10 going to thier final 2 holes to cause a 12-way tie for the 60th spot and for all those 12 to get in! .. Jeev and Vijay Singh (of Fiji) were in the same predicament, both having identical 75-75 rounds over two days .. By the way, Leander is a big golf fan; I was told by a mutual friend that LP has been closely following Jeev's exploits and was absolutely thrilled.

June 14 Notes

LP and MB have separately reached the quarterfinals at the Stella Artois ATP in London .. [R2] #6 M.Llodra/ L.Paes d. (wc) M.Lee/ A.Parmar, 63 62 .. [R2] #3 M.Bhupathi/ M.Mirnyi d. A.Kitinov/ J.Landsberg, 63 67(6) 75 .. Easier opponents for LP-Llodra yesterday, but it reverses today with them facing second seeds Knowles-Nestor while MB-Mirnyi face wildcards Jeff Morrison and Mardy Fish in the QFs.

Ajay Ramaswamy reached the quarterfinal at the $10K Mississauga futures in Canada, but defending champ Harsh Mankad could not come up with the good against Peter Handoyo like last year, going down 46 16 .. Ajay beat qualifier Martin Zumpft (GER) 64 63 abnd faces the tough second seed Thomas Blake in the QF .. I got confirmation yesterday that Sunil Kumar had lost in the first round 63 36 36 to Luke Smith, unlike what the official scores site reported .. In doubles, Ajay and Sunil beat Canadian wildcards Matthew Baccarani and Darius Craton 63 63 .. They face the 4th seeds Josh Goffi and Michael Tebbutt in the QF .. Harsh-Mustafa lost to Simon Larose (AUS) and Luke Smith (AUS), 67(1) 16 .. Not a great tournament for any of them, except Ajay .. Good to see Ajay out there, after quite a long period of having not played much.

At the women's satellites 3rd leg in Delhi, Sheetal and Shruti continued their fine form today reaching the final .. Shruti beat Radhika, continuing her dominating wins over the last few matches .. Sheetal as usual seems to have made the adjustments to get the win 57 61 61 over young Ankita ..

June 13 Notes

At the $775K Stella Artois ATP at the Queens grasscourts in London, MB-Mirnyi play Alexander Kitinov and Johann Landsberg at about 6 pm today .. The match will be followed by LP-Llodra playing wildcards Martin Lee and Arvind Parmar ..

Harsh Mankad advanced to the second round at the $10K Mississauga futures yesterday with a 63 64 win over Jeff Laski (USA), but 4th seed Mustafa Ghouse was upset in a very close match by young qualifier Jason Zimmerman (USA), 61 67(1) 76(4)  .. Harsh plays Peter Handoyo (INA) today, in a rematch of the 67 64 75 quarterfinal they played last year at the same event which Harsh won on the way to his title .. Handoyo is a top-10 ranked college player and a playing member of the Indonesian Davis Cup team - he upset the 8th seed Toshihide Matsui 60 62 yesterday .. Ajay Ramaswamy has perhapsa slightly easier match, against qualifier Martin Zumpft (GER) in the second round .. I had reported yesterday an R1 win for Sunil Kumar on monday, but it appears that the website for the scores has probably got it wrong, as the official results with Steve G show Sunil to have lost to Luke Smith, 63 36 36 .. We will confirm today.

At the Delhi satellites, the semifinalists were decided today - Sheetal, Shruti, Radhika and Ankita .. Radhika beat Sonal today to advance .. No big surprises so far .. See the leg-3 results page.

The Mishra brothers, Shivang and Nishank, were at the qualies for the $25K Nederlands satellite circuit on clay that started this week .. Shivang was the 4th seed in the qualies .. After a bye, he beat Juan David Cano (ESP) 62 64 and lost to Juan David Cano (ESP) 06 16 .. He made the main draw as a lucky loser and went down to Matwe Middelkoop (NED) 67(2) 16 .. Nishank won the first round of qualies over Wael Chami (SYR) 60 61 and lost 26 26 to Sander Koning (NED) who has reached the main draw R2 now .. Shivang and Remco Pondman are in the doubles draw.

Prakash Amritraj had wildcard to the $15K USA F14 futures in Sunnyvale, California and won the first round over qualifier Stephen Nugent (IRL) 46 62 62 .. He faces the New zealand davis Cupper Daniel Willman next ..

Karan Rastogi has reached the semifinal at the Riad-21 grade-5 ITF juniors in Morocco, where he is seeded first .. Though it is a lower-grade event, the competition appears to be rather good there .. Karan defeated Hatto Joe (LUX) 61 62, Gregory Chambaz, 75 36 64 earlier and reached the semifinal today with a 62 61 win over Jonathan Kinsella (GBR) .. These are actually Karan's first wins since last September, after which he had an injury layoff and looked rusty in the far east circuit where he went winless .. Karan is also in the doubles semis, playing with Mohammed Al-Nabhani of Oman and seeded second .. They beat Joe Hattoe and Gregory Ratel (FRA) in the R1, 62 62 and I believe they won the QF today as well .. On the girls's side Kartiki Bhat, Tara Iyer, Krishmi Chedda and Nidhi Shah are at Morocco ..  Kartiki Bhatt defeated Merian Lahlou of Morocco 63 46 64, and won the R2 over Sandra Canrom (GBR), 62 62 before falling to Ildiko Csordas (HUN) in the QF, 26 26 .. Ildiko had beaten Tara Iyer, 16 64 63 in the R1, and had also upset the top seed in the R2 .. Krushmi beat Nidhi 64 75 in the first round, but fell in the second round .. Tara and Kartiki were in the doubles QF with a first round walkover from the Tazi sisters of Morocco .. Nidhi and Francesca Kinsella (GBR) lost to Catherine Grotz (BEL) and Sylvia Montero (FRA) 36 06 .. Krushmi and Hendrike-Lea Heitmann (GER) were the second seeds but were upset by Beatrix Csordas and Ildiko Csordas (HUN) 61 62 ..

June 12 Notes

Leander and Mahesh will be playing their second round matches on Thursday at the Queens' club Stella Artois ATP .. Their second round opponents will be decided today ..

Tuesday News from the $10K Canada F1 futures at Mississauga .. #899 Ajay Ramaswamy upset the 5th seed Diego Ayala (USA,600), 63 64 and #951 Sunil Sipaeya upset Luke Smith (AUS,636) in a comeback, 36 63 63 .. I don't think Harsh and Mustafa have played yet .. Good start by Indians there .. The doubles draw is out .. Harsh and Mustafa play Simon Larose (CAN) and Luke Smith (AUS) .. I believe those two Mumbaikars are playing together after a very long time .. I remember them playing together some four years back .. Ajay and Sunil play Matthew Baccarani and Darius Craton of Canada.

No news yet from China about how Rishi Sridhar and Kamala Kannan are doing in the satellites this week ..

June 11 Note-2

Leander and Michael Llodra advanced today to the round of 16 at the $775K Stella Artois ATP, with a come from behind win over Wayne Arthurs and Paul Hanley, who were a surprise quarterfinalist pair at the French Open last week .. .. [R1] #6 M.Llodra/ L.Paes d. W.Arthurs/ P.Hanley, 46 63 76(6) .. In the first set, ML-LP faced dueces in the 1st and 5th games, dropping serve in the 5th .. The set went with serves to 4-6 .. In the second set, they broke Arthurs-Hanley in the 4th game and served off the set at 6-3 to tie it .. The 3rd set went to a tiebreaker with neither side facing a break point .. In the tiebreaker ML-LP were up two minibreaks at 5-1, but gave back both to fall to 5-5 .. They had a match point on the other guys' serve at 6-5 .. Then they got a minibreak in the next point to go up 7-6 and served the second match point for the win .. The match took an hour and 50 minutes.

June 11 Note-1

The first round doubles match for Paes-Llodra was delayed a bit at the Queens Club and is just starting right now.

At the Mississauga $10K futures in Canada, unseeded defending champion Harsh Mankad is drawn to face qualifier Jeff Laski in the first round .. 4th seed Mustafa Ghouse plays a qualifier Jason Zimmermann (USA) .. Neither looks easy, actually .. Sunil Kumar Sipaeya plays Luke Smith (AUS,636) .. Ajay Ramaswamy plays the 5th seed Diego Ayala (USA)  .. There are quite a few tough payers there in the draw .. Luke Smith is actually a US collegiate champion from a 5 years back, though he is a very rare case of a college champion not getting anywhere in the ATP circuit .. Top seed Takahiro Terachi, 2nd seed Thomas Blake, 3rd seed Michael Tebbutt, etc, are all tough players, along with a few talented college guys like Peter Handoyo and Jeff Laski and a few others like Simon Larose .. Tall order for Harsh to try to repeat his title last year, but he has not choice but to pick up some points in three weeks of futures in Canada, with the 13 points for a title and a first round win in Canada last year falling off now .. Good to see Sunil out there, but he too has a tough draw.

At the Delhi satellites, the final-16 for the masters week is almost all decided .. Today, qualifier Ragini Vimal beat Arthi Venkatraman in straight sets .. Arthi's results have been going down hill for a couple of years now, I think .. See the leg-3 page for the results .. I have added the points page now .. Once again, it looks like Sandra Sashidharan will end up as the first one out from the masters, just like in the last satellite circuit  - unless she can somehow upset Radhika, which is doubtful .. She just cannot seem to get a break in the draw, consistently running into some of the top players like Ankita (twice), Archana, Sai, Radhika etc .. She won two of the three winnable matches she had in the two circuits, over Krushmi Cheddha last time and Rati Kumar yesterday (actually an upset, as Rati finished within the top-6 last time though she has not done as well this time), the 3rd being a close three set loss to Medini Sharma who was #4 in the last circuit and is currently #8 .. Anyway, having not received any wildcard help unlike a lot of less derving payers, Sandra has had to play qualies 4 times in the 6 weeks she has payed, making it in every time .. In the last circuit she was tied with two others for the 16th spot for the masters draw - Nandini Perumal made the masters and got one WTA point, for having a higher WTA ranking (which is very unfair ITF logic unlike the playoff scheme used in men's satellites where all the players in the playoff get one ATP point anyway) .. There are quite a few players in the two circuits who have not played the steady tennis that the 17 yr old Sandra has, but she might end up again with no cigar unfortunately .. I thought I would write all that, as I usually look for players who are putting in the tough work and not getting rewarded .. Actually an observation by Kamesh Sreenivasan in The Hindu today that "left-handed Sandra Sashidharan played every point with total concentration" in beating Rati, caught my attention ..

June 10 Notes

The absent-minded-professor forgot about Hesh' birthday a couple of days back .. A late happy birthday to him! .. Mahesh turned 28 on June 7th .. Not the first time that I have forgotten his birthday, as it falls during the French Open hoopla.

Leander-Llodra are not on the schedule today at the $800K Queens' Club (London) ATP .. They should be playing tomorrow.

Manisha Malhotra may be at the $50K Marseille challenger in France, but no new yet .. Also, no news yet on the draw at the $10K Mississauga futures in Canada where Mankad, Ghouse, Sipaeya and Ramaswamy were in the list .. In the qualifying first round for the $25K challenger in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Megha Vakharia lost 36 46 to Angela Haynes (USA) yesterday.

I have added the draw and Monday results for the 3rd leg of the $20K 4-week ITF Indian S2 womens satellite in Delhi .. No surprises today .. Sandra Sasidharan and Deepa Chakrabarthy won tough matches .. See the leg-3 page.

.. Previous notes are at Notes for the week ending on June 10 ..

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 player, let me know .. I would like to have a mailing list where I can post general announcements and inquiries from the coaches too .. Please email me - R.Jayakrishnan.