Chennai Open: Yuki Bhambri reached quarter-finals with straight-set win over Sidharth Rawat

Yuki Bhambri was the only Indian to reach the last eight of the Chennai Open ATP Challenger tennis tournament, with an easy 6-2, 6-3 win on Wednesday over compatriot Sidharth Rawat.

PTI February 14, 2018 22:43:42 IST
Chennai Open: Yuki Bhambri reached quarter-finals with straight-set win over Sidharth Rawat

Chennai: Yuki Bhambri was the only Indian to reach the last eight of the Chennai Open ATP Challenger tennis tournament, with an easy 6-2, 6-3 win on Wednesday over compatriot Sidharth Rawat.

Joining the Indian number two seed in the quarterfinals were top-seed Jordan Thompson of Australia and the No.3 and 4 seeds Duckhee Lee (Korea) and Mohammed Safwat (Egypt).

The two other Indian players in the fray — Arjun Khade and Abhinav Sanjeev Shanmugam, both qualifiers, fell by the wayside, losing in straight sets to Safwat and Lee respectively.

Chennai Open Yuki Bhambri reached quarterfinals with straightset win over Sidharth Rawat

India's Yuki Bhambri. AP

In the Bhambri-Rawat match, the former was in control and never dropped serve while breaking his rival's delivery twice in each set.

Bhambri played fluently from the baseline, hitting strongly off both flanks and kept Rawat on the run right through.

In the quarterfinals, he will meet Japan's Yasutaka Uchiyama, who beat Cem Ilkel of Turkey 6-4, 7-5.

The top-seed Thompson played a classical all-round game to oust qualifier Wishaya Trongcharoencharikul of Thailand in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.

He served and volleyed at times to keep the Thai player off balance.

He meet Serbia's Danilo Petrovic for a place in the semi-finals.

The Serbian advanced when seventh-seeded Enrique Lopez Perez of Spain conceded after having lost the first set.

In the doubles, top-seeded Ratiwatana twins Sanchai and Sonchat needed only 35 minutes to send the wild card Indian pair of Anvit Bendre and Kunal Anand packing for a loss of only two games. They will now meet Ilkel and Petrovic of Serbia in the semifinals tomorrow.

Results -

Men's singles (2nd round) (Indians unless otherwise stated): Jordan Thompson (Aus-X1) bt Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul (Thailand) 6-3, 6-2; Danilo Petrovic (SRB) bt Enrique Lopez Perez (ESP-X7) 6-4 (retired); Mohamed Safwat (EGY) Bt. [Q] Arjun Kadhe (IND) 6-4, 6-2; Pedro Martinez (ESP) bt Lucas Catarina (MON) 7-6(2), 6-0.
Antoine Escoffier (Fra) bt Gerard Granollers (ESP) 7-6(2), 6-2; Duckhee Lee (KOR-X3) bt Abhinav Sanjeev Shanmugam 6-2, 6-4; Yasutaka Uchiyama (Japan-X6) bt Cem Ilkel (Turkey) 6-4, 7-5; Yuki Bhambri (X2) bt Sidharth Rawat 6-2, 6-3.

Men's doubles (QF): Sanchai Ratiwatana/Sonchat Ratiwatana (Thailand-X1) bt Kunal Anand/Anvit Bendre 6-0, 6-2; Cem Ilkel (Turkey)/Danilo Petrovic (SRB) bt Prajnesh Gunneswaran/N Vijay Sundar Prashanth 6-4, 2-6, [10-4].
Luca Margaroli (SUI)/Saketh Myneni (X4) bt Tuna Altuna (Turkey)/Mohamed Safwat (EGY) 6-7(4), 6-3, [13-11]; N Srirm Balaji/Vishnu Vardhan (X2) bt Alessandro Bega (ITA)/Kimmer Coppejans (BEL) 7-5, 6-3.

Updated Date:

also read

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Great Britain duo Andy Murray, Joe Salisbury eliminated by Croatia's Marin Cilic, Ivan Dodig
Sports

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Great Britain duo Andy Murray, Joe Salisbury eliminated by Croatia's Marin Cilic, Ivan Dodig

The British pair led Cilic and Dodig by a set and a break but suffered a late collapse as the Croatians prevailed in a deciding tie-break to win 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 10-7

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Manika Batra scripts stunning comeback against Margaryta Pesotska; G Sathiyan bows out after strong start
Sports

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Manika Batra scripts stunning comeback against Margaryta Pesotska; G Sathiyan bows out after strong start

Manika, ranked 62, made a remarkable comeback after losing the first two games to prevail 4-11, 4-11, 11-7, 12-10, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7 in a second round match that lasted 57 minutes.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini withdraws from Games due to muscle strain
Sports

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini withdraws from Games due to muscle strain

World number eight Berrettini picked up the injury in London where he became the first Italian to reach a Wimbledon singles final, losing in four sets to Novak Djokovic.