Ramkumar Ramanathan enters ATP Tennis semi-finals
Ramkumar Ramanathan had defeated and scored a straight set against the Canadian Vasek Pospisil to attain his first ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) semi-finals, but experienced player Leander Paes came out after dropping his doubles quarterfinal in the Hall of Fame Open grass-court tournament in Newport. The 23-year-old in Chennai took an hour 18 minutes to get around Pospisil 7-5, 6-2 in the quarterfinals on Friday.
The 161-ranked Indian will face American Tim Smyczek at the last four of the championship. Ramanathan that had stunned world No. 8 Dominic Thiem in the Antalya Open in the previous year sent five aces and transformed the 3 breakpoints which came his way.
Leander Paes, who’s enjoying his first game since creating the Davis Cup world record in February for many wins in doubles, along with his partner Jamie Cerretani endured a 3-6 6-7 (3) loss to the experienced killers Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Austin Krajicek from the quarterfinal events of doubles.
Jeevan and Austin, the two killers had defeated the leading player John-Patrick Smith and Nicholas Monroe from the first round will face fourth seeds Mexico’s Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela and Spain’s Marcelo Arevalo from the semifinals.
Divij Sharan who is in form seeded second along with his Spouse Jackson Withrow. They defeated Australia’s Matthew Ebden and Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6 (4) 6-3 to set up a semifinal clash with New Zealand’s Artem Sitak along with Israel’s Jonathan Erlich. Jonathan and Artem came down to off-seeds with India’s Purav Raja and British Ken Skupski 4-6 6-3 10-8 at a thrilling quarterfinal competition.
This is actually the first time in seven years any Indian reached the semi-finals on the ATP circuit. Somdev Devvarman was the last Indian to reach the semi-final of an ATP World Tour occasion.
Ramanathan will play Tim Smyczek of the United States of America at the semi-finals of this Hall of Fame Open, and both of these have not played with each other earlier. It’s also the first time that Tim Smyczek attained from the semi-finals of this ATP event and their victory will guarantee one of them will achieve his first ATP singles championship game on Sunday.
Ramkumar Ramanathan previous performance:
In 2014, Ramanathan came in the flashing headlines when he qualified for the main draw of The Chennai Open and Conquer the then Indian No.1 Somdev Devvarman from the first round. Later, was conquered by Marcel Granollers in the 2nd round.
In 2015, Ramanathan often played on Futures and Challenger level. He entered Chennai Open where he lost in first round to Tatsuma Ito in straight sets. Back in April, he reached his first doubles final in a challenger occasion at Mersin Cup at Turkey.
Partnering with Riccardo Ghedin, the group lost closing to Mate Pavić and Michael Venus. He entered his second ATP world tour event of the year in Malaysian Open where he lost in first round to Mikhail Kukushkin
In October 2016, Ramanathan partnered with Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan. The group achieved finals at Vietnam Open where they dropped to Sanchai Ratiwatana and Sonchat Ratiwatana from Thailand to complete as runners-up.
Ramanathan entered Chennai Open and attained till quarter. This was his initial time where had conquered till quarterfinals in an ATP world tour occasion. He defeated Daniel Gimeno Traver and Alexander Kudryavtsev in first and second rounds. He lost to Aljaž Bedene in quarterfinals
In April 2017, Ramanathan attained his earliest singles challenger closing at Tallahassee Challenger. He lost the final to Blaž Rola from Slovenia and finished the event as a runner-up.
Ramanathan entered 2017 Antalya Open where he made a significant play by beating world No. 8 along with high seed Dominic Thiem at the next round. This was his very first game against a top-10 participant. He progressed till the quarterfinals where he dropped to Marcos Baghdatis a third set tie-break. Ramanathan entered qualifying draw of US Open.
He conquered Paul-Henri Mathieu in the first round but lost to Nicolas Mahut in the 2nd round. He attained his next singles challenger final at Nielsen Professional Tennis Championships. But here also he had to be satisfied as runner-up. He dropped the final in straight sets to Akira Santillan out of Japan.
Then, Ramanathan qualified for its very first time in the primary draw of a Experts 1000 championship at Cincinnati Masters. He conquered Christopher Eubanks in the first round but lost to Jared Donaldson in the 2nd round. This effect moved him into the career-high ranking of 156.