Tennis: Purcell , Palan ,Nardi, Zekic enter semis at PMR Open ATP Challenger 100 Men’s International Tennis Championships

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Pune, March 3, 2023: Australia’s Max Purcell , Italian Luca Nardi, Serbian Miljan Zecik, Czech Republic’s Qualifier Dominik Palan entered the Men’s singles semifinals at thePMR Open ATP Challenger 100 Men’s International Tennis Championships powered by Aryan Pumps and organized by the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA) at the Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Tennis Stadium.

Indian Pair of N Vijay Sundar Prashanth and Aniruddh Chandrashekar kept the country hopes alive reaching their second finals in a row in the doubles event

24 Australian Purcell kept his dream run on the Indian swing of the ATP challengers going as he stormed into his third straight semi-final in as many weeks with a 6-0,6-2 annihilation of the No. 5 seed Francesco Maestrellli of Italy in 56 minutes.

He will now meet Miljan Zekic of Serbia who outclassed France’s Harold Mayot 6-2, 6-4 to make the last four

In one of the biggest upsets of the day Qualifier Dominik Palan kept up his splendid run in the event as outlasted the second seeded Taiwanese player Hsin Tseng with an impressive 7-6(7-4),1-6,6-3 win in 2 hours and 18 minutes. Palan who made it to his first ever semifinals at this level will now take on the No. 4 seed Luca Nardi of Italy, who romped through into the semi-finals with a 6-3,6-0’straight-set win over Rio Noguchi of Japan in 1 hour and 11 minutes

Indian duo of Anirudh Chandrasekar and Vijay Sundar Prashanth kept the Indian interest alive reaching their second final in a row . The Indian pair who finished runners up in Bengaluru last week will look to go for the title as they take on Japanese pair of Toshide Matsui and Kaito Uesugi in the finals

In the semis Anirudh Chandrasekar and Vijay Sundar Prashanth led 4-0 as Pune boy Arjun Kadhe and his Austrian Partner Maximilian Neuchrist retired with the Austrian citing fever

In the other semifinals fifth seeded Japanese pair of Toshide Matsui and Kaito Uesugi registered a 6-2, 7-5 win over the Indian pair of Mukund Sasikumar and Vishnu Vardhan .

The singles semifinals will be played at 1pm followed by doubles finals at 5pm

Following are the Results: Main Draw: Quarterfinal Round: Singles:
[Q] Dominik Palan(CZE,412) bt Chun-Hsin Tseng(TPE,131)(2) 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-3(2hrs, 18mins)
Max Purcell (AUS, 155) [3] bt Francesco Maestrelli (ITA, 178) [5] 6-0, 6-2(56mins)
Luca Nardi (ITA, 158) [4] bt Rio Noguchi(JPN, 210)(8) 6-3, 6-0(1 hr, 11mins)
Miljan Zekic (SRB, 241) bt Harold Mayot (FRA,265) 6-2, 6-4

Semifinal Round: Doubles:
Anirudh Chandrasekar/N Vijay Sundar Prashanth(IND) bt Arjun Kadhe(IND)/Maximilian Neuchrist(AUT)(2)4-0(RET)

Toshihide Matsui/Kaito Uesugi(JPN)(5) bt Mukund Sasikumar (IND)/Vishnu Vardhan (IND) 6-2, 7-5(1hr, 7mins)