Favorites advance to quarter-finals at SKME ITF Open

BENGALURU, March 17, 2022 (KSLTA Press Release)

The favorites had a bumpy ride but managed to advance to the $15,000 quarter-finals. SKME ITF Open played at KSLTA Stadium in Bangalore, India. In Thursday’s second-round matches, the top seed Sasikumar Mukund lost a set before defeating the challenger Abhinav Sanjeev Shanmugam 6-7(8), 7-5, 6-3 as the Englishman is the eighth seed Julien Cash survived a scare against the talented Indian Nitin Kumar Sinha with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. seventh seed Niki Kaliyada Poonacha also recorded a comeback victory against the exempted junior Nishant Dabas winner 0-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Three other seeds – second seed Sidharth Rawat, fifth seed Arjun Kadhe and fourth seed Manish Sureshkumar advanced to the final eight stages with wins in straight sets. As Rawat snuffed out the qualifying challenge Ishaque Eqbal 6-4, 7-5, Kadhe stormed past Dalwinder Singh 6-0, 6-3 and Sureshkumar lead in qualifying Daisuke Sumizawa of Japan with a 6-3, 7-6 (3) win.

Mukund had to really dig in and put his experience to good use against his young rival in a match that lasted 2 hours and 43 minutes. After the opponents held their respective serves for the first four games, they traded breaks in the next two games before settling the issue via a tiebreaker which Shanmugam won 10-8. The second set went with services until 11and game where Shanmugam lost his serve and eventually the second set. Mukund, after landing an early break in the third game, managed to hold her grip for the rest of the set and broke Shanmugam’s serve in the ninth game to win the set and the match.

Meanwhile, 18-year-old Dabas, the youngest player, played flawless tennis against higher-ranked opponent Poonacha as he moved faster and served better while masking his opponent in the opening set with breaks in the second, fourth and sixth games of the first set. . Poonacha, after reading the little player’s game, countered him with some great passing shots and didn’t give his opponent much of a chance as he won five games in a row starting from fourth to come back in the match. The decider was a replica of the second set as Poonacha had the odds to enter the quarter-finals.

Thursday results

Singles – Round of 16

1-Sasikumar Mukund (IND) v Abhinav Sanjeev Shanmugam (IND) 6-7 (8), 7-5, 6-3; 5-Arjun Kadhe (IND) v Dalwinder Singh (IND) 6-0, 6-3; 8-Julian Cash (GBR) v Nitin Kumar Sinha (IND) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2; Maks Kasnikowski (POL) v Q-Paras Dahiya (IND) 6-4, 6-1; Q-Digvijay Pratap Singh (IND) v Q-Adil Kalyanpur (IND) 6-3, 7-6 (2); 7-Niki Kaliyanda Poonacha (IND) v Nishant Dabas (IND) 0-6, 6-2, 6-2; 2-Sidharth Rawat (IND) v Q-Ishaque Eqbal (IND) 6-4, 7-5; 4-Manish Sureshkumar (IND) v Q-Daisuke Sumizawa (JPN) 6-3, 7-6 (3).

Doubles – Quarter-finals

4-Constantin Bittoun Kouzmine (FRA)/SD Prajwal Dev (IND) v Arnav Pathange (IND) / Suraj R Prabodh (IND) 6-1, 6-2; 2-Sasikumar Mukund (IND)/Vishnu Vardhan (IND) v Anirudh Chandrasekar (IND)/Vinayak Sharma Kaza (IND) 6-4, 3-6, 10-7; 3-Yuki Bhambri (IND)/Saketh Myneni (IND) against Maks Kasnikowski (POL)/Yann Wojcik (POL) 6-3, 6-4; 1-Julian Cash (GBR)/Arjun Kadhe (IND) v Parikshit Somani (IND)/Enzo Wallart (FRA) 6-1, 6-1.

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