Pune, 25 March 2021: Indians Arjun Kadhe and Manish Sureshkunar provided a silver lining on an otherwise gloomy day as they came back from the loss of the first set to recover and reach the men’s singles quarterfinals at the $15000 KPIT –MSLTA ITF WTT Cup Men’s tennis championships being organized by MSLTA in association with Deccan Gymkhana and played at their tennis courts
In the second round singles played today sixth-seeded Manish Sureshkumar came back from the loss of the first set to scrape past a fighting junior Zsombor Velcz of Hungary 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 In a 3 hour 9 minutes battle
Local boy and the national winner and seventh-seeded Arjun Kadhe came back from the loss of the first set and lost numerous breakpoint opportunities to down Czech Republic’s Dominik Palan 1-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(5) in a battle lasting nearly 3 hours.
The 21 Manish SureshKumar was down 0-3 in the third set against the 18-year-old ITF Junior Spot player before coming back strongly to win the set 6-4 and enter the quarter-finals he will meet qualifier Henry Patten of Great Britain
Local Player and Seventh-seeded Arjun Kadhe survived anxious moments in the match and missed numerous opportunities to close the match wasting 3 breakpoints leading 4-3 in the third set, Kadhe was up 5-1 in the tie break but let Palan come back to 5-4 and then close the match in the tiebreaker to enter the last eight.
In the quarter-finals, Kadhe will meet fourth Oliver Crawford of the USA who battled past a fighting Indian Junior Dev Javia winning 4-6,6-1,6-2 in a 1 hour 58-minute match. Javia matches the fourth seed in all quarters of the game by the American’s tenacity and experience helped non-sail through to the last eight
In the other matches featuring Indian players winner of two previous legs at Lucknow and Indore Zane Khan of USA quelled a late challenge of qualifier N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth 6-3, 7-5
Third-seeded Aidan Mchugh of Great Britain stopped the good run of qualifier Ishaque Eqbal winning 6-1, 6-3. While fifth-seeded Jonathan Mridha of Sweden came back from.3-5 in the third set to stave off a challenge from qualifier Paras Dahiya registering a 6-1, 5-7, 7-5 win.
Qualifier Henry Patten of. Great Britain stopped giant killer Dalibor Svrcina of the Czech Republic 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 while second-seeded Irishman Simon Carr carved out a 6-2, 7-6(7 ) win over Filip Bergevi of Sweden.Follow Punekar News: