ITF Davangere Open: Poonacha, Ramkumar lose in semis

NewsDrum Desk
28 Oct 2023
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Davangere, Oct 28 (PTI) Top seed Nick Chappell of the USA defeated India's Niki Kaliyanda Poonacha 6-3, 6-2 to set up a title clash with second seed Bogdan Bobrav, who quelled a late challenge from Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-4, 7-6 (4), in the ITF Davangere Open Men's World Tennis Tour here on Saturday.


In doubles, fourth-seeded Siddhant Banthia and Vishnu Vardhan lifted the trophy with a 6-2, 7-5 win over the third-seeded pair of Sai Karteek Reddy Ganta and Manish Sureshkumar.

Karteek and Manish had finished runners-up during the last event in Dharwad as well.

Chappell, the semifinalist last week as well, consistently applied pressure on Poonacha. The local favourite put up a spirited fight, but Nick's experience and consistency prevailed.


The opening set was a closely contested one until the sixth game where the American broke Poonacha's serve to go 4-2 up and then won the set 6-3.

The second semifinal was saw Bobrov race to a 5-1 lead before Ramkumar, last week's winner, clawed back. After an intense battle, Ramkumar narrowed down the lead to 4-5 but Bobrov served out for the set.

The second set saw Ramkumar fight with a renewed vigour. After the two traded a break each in the first four games, both the rivals held their serve with the set finally being decided via tie-breaker.

Results: Singles (semifinals) -- Nick Chappell (USA) bt Niki Kaliyanda Poonacha 6-3, 6-2; Bogdan Bobrov bt Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-4, 7-6 (4).

Doubles (final) - Siddhant Banthia/Vishnu Vardhan bt 3-Sai Karteek Reddy Ganta/Manish Sureshkumar 6-2, 7-5. PTI AM AM AH AH