Taiwan/China/Korea Challengers- April/May 2017

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

Postby vatsal323 » Wed May 03, 2017 5:31 am

Link to the stream? Can't seem to find it

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

Postby sameerph » Wed May 03, 2017 5:39 am

Stream is not working. It was a typo in the last post where I said it now working, instead of not working. :D

Anyway, Yuki stormed back to take the second set 6-1 and it is 1-1 in the final set.

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

Postby sameerph » Wed May 03, 2017 5:48 am

But, he is now down a break 1-3 in the third set.

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

Postby PKBasu » Wed May 03, 2017 6:16 am

Yuki lost 26 61 36.

Not all that shabby against the world #105.

[R2] Yuki Bhambri (IND,283) l (2) Konstnin Kravchuk (RUS,105) 26 61 36

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

Postby sameerph » Wed May 03, 2017 6:23 am

Yes, after being apparently outplayed in the first set, he seemed to play well in the next 2 sets and only 1 break early in the third set proved to be his undoing.

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

Postby PKBasu » Wed May 03, 2017 6:29 am

Hopefully he gets a better draw next week, after spending the rest of this week practicing hard against Challenger-level players. I wonder how he gets good practice against the right level of player when he is attempting to return after one of his injury lay-offs.

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

Postby arjun2761 » Wed May 03, 2017 6:39 am

Despite the loss, pleasantly surprised with the fight put up by Yuki against a near top 100 player. In view of his knee inflammation, he probably did not play for some of the weeks he was off, so hopefully he has knocked off some of the rust...

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

Postby PKBasu » Wed May 03, 2017 8:01 am

On second thoughts, Kravchuk is the type of player (a lifelong Challenger journeyman, albeit one of the best of that breed) that Yuki should have beaten. Last year (at age 31+), Kravchuk finally had his breakout year, winning a few matches on the ATP tour and reaching a career-high ranking of 78 in November (almost completely through Challenger points, including a title at Tashkent, where he beat Istomin for the second time in the year). This year, he has played a lot on the ATP tour, but lost in the first round every time. He has a hard upper limit to his abilities/ranking, and Yuki is capable of better. So this is a match that Yuki should have won, despite his opponent's relatively high ranking. A bit of rustiness didn't help.

But it was a very close third set. Yuki had two break point chances at 15-40 in the seventh game of the final set, but couldn't convert, and Kravchuk held serve after three Deuces. In the fourth game (in which he was broken), Yuki was up 40-15 before his opponent won the next 4 points. So a narrow loss, perhaps partly attributable to some tentativeness on his return from an injury lay-off.

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

Postby PKBasu » Wed May 03, 2017 9:30 am

Yuki/Brydan won 10-3 in the STB of their doubles match: 46 64 (10-3).
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Re: Taiwan/China/Korea Challengers- April/May 2017

Postby Omkara » Wed May 03, 2017 9:52 am

[R1] (PR) Yuki Bhambri (IND)/ Brydan Klein (GBR) bt (WC) Yunseong Chung (KOR)/ Soon Woo Kwon (KOR) 46 64 (10-3)

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

Postby PKBasu » Wed May 03, 2017 1:01 pm

Good that Yuki will get some more match time: doubles may be useful in a week like this in which his singles quest has ended early.

But wait...! Next week, he's playing in Karshi, Uzbekistan -- so he needs to get out of Korea pretty soon.

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

Postby VReddy » Wed May 03, 2017 3:07 pm

A loss in the next round of doubles would be timely and just the right amount of match practice then! :p :D

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

Postby sameerph » Wed May 03, 2017 4:28 pm

PKBasu wrote:On second thoughts, Kravchuk is the type of player (a lifelong Challenger journeyman, albeit one of the best of that breed) that Yuki should have beaten.


I think had he been playing in the same form that he was in early part of China Challenge swing or like at Chennai open, Yuki would have won. I think he was not quite at his best this week. He usually takes a week or two to get back to peak form after a break and therefore tries to play a futures before getting into challengers. He did not do that this week. Hopefully, he will get into his peak form in a week or two.

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

Postby jaydeep » Wed May 03, 2017 5:08 pm

Good to see Yuki is getting some match practice this week ... Next, they r facing top-seed Ratiwatanas.

At $50K+H Gimcheon Challenger 2017, Korea

[QF] (PR) Yuki Bhambri (IND)/ Brydan Klein (GBR) vs (1) Sanchai Ratiwatana (THA)/ Sonchat Ratiwatana (THA)

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

Postby Varma » Wed May 03, 2017 5:13 pm

I watched the 3rd set of Yuki's first round match and found him to be pretty fluid with his ground strokes. The Korean kid was not bad either. Yuki was too tentative with his finishing which resulted in a plethora of UFEs; way higher than normal. His opponent could not handle the pressure as they got closer to the finish line and ended up succumbing to it. Even though the Korean contributed quite a bit to Yuki's win, Yuki seemed to have gotten better and played a notch higher in his 2nd round loss. I agree with Sameer's observation that he directly came on to the Challenger circuit this time around rather than taking the usual safer route of Futures for more match practice. If he can ward off injuries, it's just a matter of a few weeks or so before he can get to where he is left off (at least in terms of his game, with ranking to follow soon after). As always, that is a big "IF" that we are all scared of. The Russian Roulette continues for us all with the hope that the next clunk won't emit a bullet!

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