Bengaluru Open 2024: Indian Pair Of Saketh Myneni-Ramkumar Ramanathan Clinches Doubles Title

Bengaluru Open 2024: Indian Pair Of Saketh Myneni-Ramkumar Ramanathan Clinches Doubles Title

Myneni and Ramkumar defeated the French combination of Constantin Kouzmine and Maxime Janvier 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 18 minutes to clinch the doubles title.

IANSUpdated: Sunday, February 18, 2024, 08:24 AM IST
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Ramkumar Ramanathan and Saketh Myneni | Credits: Twitter

India's Saketh Myneni and Ramkumar Ramanathan comfortably clinched the doubles title while Sumit Nagal's campaign came to an end in the semi-finals of the Bengaluru Open at the KSLTA Tennis Stadium here on Saturday.

Myneni and Ramkumar defeated the French combination of Constantin Kouzmine and Maxime Janvier 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 18 minutes to clinch the doubles title, as per a press release from the Bengaluru Open.

Earlier, Nagal tried his best against the Italian Stephano Napolitano before going down 7-6(2), 6-4 in the singles semi-final.

The 26-year-old started strong as he opened up a 4-1 lead in the opening set before Napolitano began his fightback. The Italian saved a couple of break points with his big serves in the sixth game and then immediately broke the Indians' serve to put the pressure back on the home favourite.

Nagal couldn't getter of Napolitano in the 2nd set

It was the Italian who prevailed in the tiebreak as Nagal lost a set for the first time in nine matches this season.

The second set was an equally intense affair with Nagal drawing first blood when he broke Napolitano’s serve in the fifth game. The Italian, however, restored parity in the very next game to make it 3-3.

With the momentum in Napolitano’s favour, Nagal's serve was again under pressure in the eighth game, but he managed to save a couple of break points to stay in the match.

However, Napolitano managed to find a way past Nagal’s serves two games later to put an end to India’s hopes in the singles category. The Italian will now face South Korea’s Seongchan Hong, who got the better of Spain’s Oriol Roca Batalla 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in the other semi-final.

Earlier, 2017 Bengaluru Open champion Nagal, who broke into the top-100 ATP ranking last week, was honoured before the semi-final clash by KSLTA Sr Vice President Priyank M Kharge in the presence of KSLTA Secretary Maheshwar Rao, IAS, and Tournament Director Sunil Yajaman.

He was also given a cheque of Rs 5 lakh in recognition of his outstanding performance.

Bengaluru Open is being organised by the Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association (KSLTA) and the final of the event will be concluded on February 19.

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