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Re: Sasi Kumar Mukund thread

Postby sameerph » Wed Jun 29, 2016 12:06 pm

This week Sasi lost in first round against lowly ranked player. :-(

At $10K Macedonia F2 Futures , Skopje (Clay)

[R1] Sasi Kumar MUKUND (IND,663) l. (Q) Peter BOTHWELL (IRL,1291) 61 47 67(5)

Sasi has been trying to emulate the model adopted by RamK a few years back of playing clay futures in Europe and develop his game but seems unsuccessful so far.

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Re: Sasi Kumar Mukund thread

Postby sameerph » Wed Jul 06, 2016 4:19 pm

Sasi again loses in the first round. :-(

At $10K Macedonia F3 Futures , Skopje (Clay)

[R1] Sasi Kumar MUKUND (IND,663) l. (Q) Milan DRINIC (SRB,1328) 46 26

So, after one good win and QF in first week, Sasi fell apart in the next 2 weeks.

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Re: Sasi Kumar Mukund thread

Postby arjun2761 » Wed Jul 06, 2016 4:25 pm

Yes, he's had some success occasionally but appears to be very inconsistent. Not sure if this is because he is still developing his game and is inconsistent for that reason or if it is a mental focus issue which is harder to overcome in the longer run...

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Re: Sasi Kumar Mukund thread

Postby sameerph » Tue Jul 19, 2016 9:01 am

Sasi's wretched form continues even in Asia.

At $10K China F13 Futures, An-Ning (Clay)

[R1] (5) Sasi Kumar MUKUND (IND,709) l. Thomas FANCUTT (AUS,867) 57 36

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Re: Sasi Kumar Mukund thread

Postby Varma » Tue Jul 19, 2016 4:21 pm

What's going on with this guy? He is way better than this, but has been in dumps for too long! Who is managing him these days? Karthi's camp?

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Re: Sasi Kumar Mukund thread

Postby sameerph » Tue Jul 19, 2016 4:58 pm

I think Karthi's camp is funding him. Else, he would not be able to travel to Europe and train there. But, the results in last 1 year have been disappointing. RamK had similar sort of results about 3-4 years back before he broke out. But, Sasi has had a longer wait. So, his team will have make some change in coaching methods or something to turn it around.

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Re: Sasi Kumar Mukund thread

Postby sameerph » Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:33 am

Congratulations to 19 year old Sasi Kumar Mukund for winning his second futures title and first one outside India when he won $10K futures in Indonesia this week.

These are his results for the week -

[R1] (6) Sasi Kumar MUKUND (IND,648) d. Su Hao ZHONG (CHN,1459) 63 retd.
[R2] (6) Sasi Kumar MUKUND (IND,648) d. ANAND, Kunal (IND,911) 63 62
[QF] (6) Sasi Kumar MUKUND (IND,648) d. (2) Kento TAKEUCHI (JPN,466) 63 64
[SF] (6) Sasi Kumar MUKUND (IND,648) d. (5) Chuhan WANG (CHN,609) 76(3) 62
[F] (6) Sasi Kumar MUKUND (IND,648) d. (8) Masato SHIGA (JPN,719) 62 62

All the matches won in straight sets with only 1 tie break in the SF. This comes at the right time for him while results earlier this year in futures in Europe have been quite disappointing. He seems to have got back to some sort of form in last month or so playing in Asia. First making the SF in Vietnam, than a QF there and another QF in the last week here and now this title.

With this title his ranking will get very close to 550 and close to his career best of 545. Good results in the Indian futures series should take him top 500.

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Re: Sasi Kumar Mukund thread

Postby jaydeep » Sat Sep 03, 2016 10:01 am

Importantly he has starting to win bunch of matches ... Congrats Sasi for his 2nd futures title.

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Re: Sasi Kumar Mukund thread

Postby PKBasu » Sat Sep 03, 2016 10:51 pm

Very good week of excellent wins culminating in a Futures title outside India. Well done Sasi! I hope this gives him the confidence to start playing consistently at the level he is capable of.

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Re: Sasi Kumar Mukund thread

Postby jayakris » Sat Sep 03, 2016 11:27 pm

Sometimes all it takes is one event like this to get a guy going. I hope Sasi does that. It's been a long time since we had a Sasi at the top parts of world rankings. Maybe this Sasi can do it!

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Re: Sasi Kumar Mukund thread

Postby sameerph » Tue Oct 11, 2016 3:27 pm

Winning start for Sasi in Nigeria.

At $25K(+H) Nigeria F5 Futures, Lagos

[R1] (4) Sasi Kumar MUKUND (IND,557) d. BIKOM, Albert Bisong (NGR,1532) 61 60

Next,

[R2] (4) Sasi Kumar MUKUND (IND,557) vs. Moez ECHARGUI (TUN,1201)

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Re: Sasi Kumar Mukund thread

Postby vatsal323 » Tue Oct 11, 2016 5:20 pm

These are relatively cheap points for $25K(+H) level. Someday I might make the trip to Nigeria :P

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Re: Sasi Kumar Mukund thread

Postby sameerph » Wed Oct 12, 2016 4:51 pm

Another straight sets win for Sasi.

At $25K(+H) Nigeria F5 Futures, Lagos

[R2] (4) Sasi Kumar MUKUND (IND,557) d. Moez ECHARGUI (TUN,1201) 63 75

Next,

[QF] (4) Sasi Kumar MUKUND (IND,557) vs. (WC) Clifford ENOSOREGBE (NGR,NR)

Looks like another easy match on paper although the Nigerian upset the 8th seed in the second round.

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Re: Sasi Kumar Mukund thread

Postby sameerph » Thu Oct 13, 2016 5:03 pm

Sasi won 3 sets against the local wild card.

At $25K(+H) Nigeria F5 Futures, Lagos

[QF] (4) Sasi Kumar MUKUND (IND,557) d. (WC) Clifford ENOSOREGBE (NGR,NR) 61 36 62

Next,

[SF] (4) Sasi Kumar MUKUND (IND,557) vs. (5) Gianni MINA (FRA,586)

Now, that is a really tough match for Sasi. 24 year old Mina is a former world #1 junior. He does not seem to have done as well on pro tour as his junior record suggests but was still ranked as high as 219 till May 2015. I think he missed a few months due to injury last year and fell off the rankings. This year he has had sort of mixed results but thrashed 343rd ranked second seed 63 61 in the QF.

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Re: Sasi Kumar Mukund thread

Postby sameerph » Fri Oct 14, 2016 3:13 pm

Sasi loses in a very close 3 setter which went on close to 3 hours. :-(

At $25K(+H) Nigeria F5 Futures, Lagos

[SF] (4) Sasi Kumar MUKUND (IND,557) l. (5) Gianni MINA (FRA,586) 67(1) 75 67(4)

That was a very good fight against a player who was ranked in top 225 a year ago and a former junior #1.

Still, 10 points for him this week which will take him close to top 500 in the rankings.


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