South China Challengers 6th March - 20th March

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Re: South China Challengers 6th March - 20th March

Postby sameerph » Thu Mar 23, 2017 3:02 am

He got broken back immediately for 1-1 but broke Kavcic again and this time held for 4-2 in second set.

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Re: South China Challengers 6th March - 20th March

Postby sameerph » Thu Mar 23, 2017 3:11 am

He broke again for 5-2 but got broken while serving for the set .

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Re: South China Challengers 6th March - 20th March

Postby sameerph » Thu Mar 23, 2017 3:14 am

He beaks Kavcic again and takes the second set 63.

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Re: South China Challengers 6th March - 20th March

Postby jaydeep » Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:06 am

In the final set, Yuki was serving at 5-3 and had a match point at 40-30 but lost next 3 points for losing the game.

[R2] (PR) Yuki Bhambri (IND,307) vs (4) Blaz Kavcic (SLO,136) 26 63 5-4

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Re: South China Challengers 6th March - 20th March

Postby jaydeep » Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:12 am

Yuki immediately broke Kavcic converting 3rd match point ... He took 0-30, then 15-40 and converted the third match point on 30-40

Hard fought win for Yuki in 2 hours and 17 minutes ... In few hours Yuki is facing top-150 German Maximilian Marterer, tough task.

[R2] (PR) Yuki Bhambri (IND,307) bt (4) Blaz Kavcic (SLO,136) 26 63 64

[QF] (PR) Yuki Bhambri (IND,307) vs (5) Maximilian Marterer (GER,143)

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Re: South China Challengers 6th March - 20th March

Postby sameerph » Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:40 am

Another very good win in a difficult match with Kavcic showing much better form than first week after reaching the final last week. Yuki seeded down and out in the first set but came back strongly to take the second and third sets.

Next up is repeat of last week's QF -

[QF] (PR) Yuki Bhambri (IND,307) vs. (5) Maximilian Merterer (GER,143)

Match to be played later today in about couple of hours time. Merterer will be at an advantage as he just had an 1 hour 5 min first match today as compared to Yuki's 2 hour 16 mins battle. Last week it was a very close match which Yuki won. Lets see how Yuki is up for it today physically.

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Re: South China Challengers 6th March - 20th March

Postby sameerph » Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:16 am

Yuki lost the fist set 3-6. I only watched the last game where the German served big to hold easily.

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Re: South China Challengers 6th March - 20th March

Postby Rajiv » Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:23 am

I doubt Yuki can win this match , fatigue is written all over in this match which he is playing,and as I write he is broken in the second set.
Fitness has always been Yuki's Achilles heel and today it is very much on display.

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Re: South China Challengers 6th March - 20th March

Postby vatsal323 » Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:23 am

Yuki is missing a few routine shots. He's also trying to serve and volley a lot. It's working too, to an extent. But the German has had the edge in the match so far with his heavy serving!

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Re: South China Challengers 6th March - 20th March

Postby sameerph » Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:28 am

Yes, he is trying serve and volley because he looks exhausted and wants to shorten the points. Playing second match in a day after a long match earlier in the day did not help but he has to be more ready physically for this type of rigorous scheduling.

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Re: South China Challengers 6th March - 20th March

Postby Prem » Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:42 am

Yuki lost 3-6, 2-6 in quick time.
Looked very tired after a tiring 3 setter couple of hours earlier.
Agree it's tiring.
But, he played 5 sets with a 2 hour break after 3 sets....in grand slams he is expected to play 5 sets in one go.
So he needs to work on his fitness.
:goodluck: for his next match.

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Re: South China Challengers 6th March - 20th March

Postby suresh » Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:51 am

All in all, a good three weeks in South China. He is playing at a decent level and should be able to enter the top 200 if he remains fit. Go Yuki!

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Re: South China Challengers 6th March - 20th March

Postby PKBasu » Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:06 am

Pity Yuki had to play a second match so soon after playing a long 3-setter against an in-form player (who made the final last week). I agree he needs to be fitter, but his opponent also had the advantage of having played a much shorter match earlier (something that an opponent in a 5-set match will not have). Yuki needed to be in top form to beat Marterer again.
But this has been a decent run, with two Challenger singles SFs and one QF, all achieved despite tough draws (the disadvantage of being unseeded despite the protected ranking). He will rise to 280 in the rankings. Sadly, that means he will have to use his PR again in the Challengers next month (although he should ask for a wildcard given his status as former champion/finalist at Kaohsiung and elsewhere in the region).

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Re: South China Challengers 6th March - 20th March

Postby jaydeep » Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:49 am

Yuki is still not 100% physically fit, considering this, overall good three weeks for him ... As these results bring him back in top-300.

Jeevan-Chirs scored a comeback win over Roelofse-Yi in the match tie-break ... In the semis, they r facing top-seed Begemann-Bury.

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[QF] (4) Christopher Rungkat (INA)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) bt Ruan Roelofse (RSA)/ Chu-Huan Yi (TPE) 46 76(3) 10-8

[SF] (4) Christopher Rungkat (INA)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) vs (1) Andre Begemann (GER)/ Aliaksandr Bury (BLR)

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Re: South China Challengers 6th March - 20th March

Postby sameerph » Thu Mar 23, 2017 1:04 pm

PKBasu wrote:But this has been a decent run, with two Challenger singles SFs and one QF, all achieved despite tough draws (the disadvantage of being unseeded despite the protected ranking).


Yes, a pretty good run. Yuki raked up 77 points and gained around 55-60 ranking spots in the ranking despite having to defend 41 points.

He was 8-2 against players ranked between 100 and 200 which shows that he is clearly playing at least at the top 125 level and he will reach there soon provided he stays fit.


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