Taiwan/China/Korea Challengers- April/May 2017

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Taiwan/China/Korea Challengers- April/May 2017

Postby sameerph » Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:38 am

Lets discuss all these challengers in the East Asian region in one thread. There are also Uzbek Challengers in the same period which we can discuss in the thread which is opened by Dinesh for Uzbek futures.

Next week at $125(+H) Taiwan challenger at Taipei city, RamK is in the main draw and Prajnesh 2 out. With 2 special exempt spots still to clear, Prajnesh should make it in the main draw. Sasi and Sidharth Rawat are in the alternates list. They may play qualies. Sasi is also in alternates list of $125K challenger in Quiangdo, China next week. So, he may play there too.

The week after there is a bigger $150K+H challenger in Anning, China where Prajnesh is way out in alternates.So, he and Sasi will probably play qualies there.

After that there are 3 big challengers in Korea where Yuki has entered in the first week and Prajnesh too is in alternates.

As for doubles, Jeevan posted that he is travelling to Taiwan to play along side Christopher Rungkat. We may also see DiPu play some of these challengers as they cannot make it to Monte Carlo masters next week.

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Re: Taiwan/China/Korea Challengers- April/May 2017

Postby sameerph » Fri Apr 14, 2017 3:35 pm

As expected, with 2 special exempt spots cleared, Prajnesh joined RamK in the main draw at Taiwan. Sasi is in the 4th seed in qualies draw and has a first round bye.

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Re: Taiwan/China/Korea Challengers- April/May 2017

Postby Rajiv » Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:55 pm

At Taipei Ram draws a difficult but beatable 7th seed Korean Duck He lee
Pragnesh bit luckier as he draws a qualifier

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Re: Taiwan/China/Korea Challengers- April/May 2017

Postby jaydeep » Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:36 am

RamK having tough first round match against Duckhee Lee ... Prajnesh is facing a qualifier ... Sasi is trying his luck in the qualifying.

In the doubles, Jeevan is playing Rungkat and they r facing De Waard and McLachlan.

At $125K+H Santaizi Challenger 2017, Taipei, Taiwan

[Q1] Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,434) bye
[Q2] Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,434) vs (WC) Chien-Hsun Lo (TPE,1388)

[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,267) vs (7) Duckhee Lee (KOR,130)
[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,287) vs Qualifier

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[R1] (2) Christopher Rungkat (INA)/ Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) vs Steven De Waard (AUS)/ Ben McLachlan (NZL)

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Re: Taiwan/China/Korea Challengers- April/May 2017

Postby Rajiv » Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:51 am

And Sasi completes a fine straight sets win 6-4,7-5 over his Taiwanese oppononent and coming up is the battle scared Japanese veteran Tatshuhide Matsui who upset the 7th seed. Matsui at 37 years showing remarkable resilience and grinding himself in the tough qualifying rounds even at this age.

Would be wonderfull to see 3 Indians in the main draw of this huge challenger

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Re: Taiwan/China/Korea Challengers- April/May 2017

Postby sameerph » Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:11 am

Sasi's match is currently on ATP challenger live stream.

After all holds of serve, Sasi broke Matsui in 8th game and then held at love to take the first set 6-3. After initial tentative start, Sasi started playing better towards middle of second set.

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Re: Taiwan/China/Korea Challengers- April/May 2017

Postby sameerph » Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:42 am

In the second set, it was going with serve at 3-3 at which point Sasi broke for 4-3 and then held for 5-3. He had 3 match points on Matsui serve but missed them all. He still has a chance to serve out for the match at 5-4.

And he holds at love to take the set and the match and he qualifies for main draw.

[Q3] Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,435) d. Toshihide Matsui (JPN,1944) 63 64

So, there will be 3 Indians in main draw here.

RamK will be playing his first round match today at around 8 pm local time.

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Re: Taiwan/China/Korea Challengers- April/May 2017

Postby jaydeep » Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:31 am

Comfortable win for Sasi, but next, he is having a tough match against top-120 Canadian Vasek Pospisil ... Prajnesh is facing South African Ruan Roelofse in the first round.

[R1] (Q) Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND,435) vs (6) Vasek Pospisil (CAN,118)
[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,286) vs (Q) Ruan Roelofse (RSA,1657)

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Re: Taiwan/China/Korea Challengers- April/May 2017

Postby jaydeep » Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:26 pm

RamK produced a superb upset win over top-150 Korean Duckhee Lee ... After losing the first set easily RamK made a strong comeback in the match for winning next two.

At $125K+H Santaizi Challenger 2017, Taipei, Taiwan

[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,275) bt (7) Duckhee Lee (KOR,139) 26 62 64

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Re: Taiwan/China/Korea Challengers- April/May 2017

Postby Rajiv » Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:36 pm

Finally Ram gets on the points table after after coming tantalizing close only to fall short. in the past 3-4 weeks
A well deserved win and he seems to play well and raise his game when playing the guys in the 120-150 range.

Nothing less than qtrs for this tournament as probable opponents are Qualifier Mathew Ebden or Ti Chen.

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Re: Taiwan/China/Korea Challengers- April/May 2017

Postby Omkara » Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:58 pm

Finally a win for Ramk. Now Sasi put up a big fight and prove Guwahati was no fluke.

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Re: Taiwan/China/Korea Challengers- April/May 2017

Postby sameerph » Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:41 pm

Posipisil will be too tough. He beat Andy Murray at Indian Wells and looks a lot underranked at 118. I would be glad if Sasi loses by only question break in each set.

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Nothing less than qtrs for this tournament as probable opponents are Qualifier Mathew Ebden or Ti Chen.


Excellent comeback win by RamK after being outplayed in first set against Lee who has been in good form in recent weeks.

It will actually be the winner of Matosevic and Japanese Akira Santilan for him in R2. Tougher but not beyond RamK to get a win there considering his form in recent weeks.

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Re: Taiwan/China/Korea Challengers- April/May 2017

Postby PKBasu » Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:04 pm

Terrific win for RamK. Beating a leading Asian competitor from his own age cohort is a big morale booster for the longer term as well.

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Re: Taiwan/China/Korea Challengers- April/May 2017

Postby arjun2761 » Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:21 pm

Excellent win by RamK after some close misses in the recent past! Looks like he is now ready to make the transition to the challenger level (i.e., win matches consistently at the challenger level).

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Re: Taiwan/China/Korea Challengers- April/May 2017

Postby sameerph » Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:24 am

Sasi was down a break early in the first set but broke back and now leads 4-3 in the first set against Posipisil.


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