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Arjun Kadhe, Balaji enter semi-final of the Bangkok Challenger 2019

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While Kadhe and Balaji will now face Indonesia’s Christopher Rungkat Cheng – peng of Taiwan in the semis

India’s Arjun Kadhe and N Sriram Balaji impressed at the Bangkok Challenger after qualifying for the men’s doubles semi-finals on Thursday. The duo registered a comfortable 4-6, 7-5, [10-3] win over Toshihide Matsui of Japan and Harri Heliovaara of Finland.

The Indian pair received competition in the first set of the contest, losing 4-6. But they made a fair comeback in the second set of the quarter-final in what was a fiercely contested duel. In the end, it was Kadhe and Balaji who emerged victorious by 7-5.

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The victory means that Kadhe and Balaji will now face top seeds Hsieh Cheng-peng of Taiwan and Christopher Rungkat of Indonesia in the competition’s semi-finals.

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The latter pair defeated Francis Alcantara of Philippines and Bernardo Saraiva of Portugal 6-3, 7-6 in their quarter-final match.

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The Indian duo had an easy the first round, in which they outplayed Sanchai and Ratiwatana 6-1, 6-3.

India’s singles campaign in the tournament met with a disappointing end after top-seeded Prajnesh Gunneswaran, Saketh Myneni, and Sasi Kumar Mukund lost in the first round.

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It was USA’s unseeded JC Aragone who stunned India No.1 Prajnesh Gunneswaran in straight sets in the first round.

The Indian, who recently made news after breaking into the ATP top-100, went down in sets of 3-6, 1-6.

Fellow compatriot, Sasi Kumar Mukund, also lost in straight sets of 1-6, 1-6 at the hands of South Korea’s Kwon Soon-woo in the first round as well.

Final Results

$54,160 Challenger, Bangkok, Thailand Doubles (quarterfinals)

Sriram Balaji-Arjun Kadhe (India) 2-1 Harri Heliovaara (Fin) & Toshihide Matsui (Jpn) | 4-6, 7-5, [10-3].

$15,000 ITF men, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Doubles (quarterfinals)

Oleg Khotkov – Olexiy Kolisnyk (Ukr) 2-0 Rishab Agarwal – Aryan Goveas 6-4, 6-3.

$15,000 ITF women, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Singles (pre-quarterfinals)

Anna Morgina 2-1 Zeel Desai | 6-2, 1-6, 6-3

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