Mahesh Bhupathi and Yuki Bhambri enter doubles final at Delhi Challenger
Besides Bhupathi, it has so far been an excellent tournament for Saketh Myneni, who is still in contention in both singles and doubles.
Much to the delight of the local fans, an all-Indian doubles final was set up on Friday at the $50,000 Delhi Challenger held at the R K Khanna Tennis Stadium as Mahesh Bhupathi/Yuki Bhambri will now meet Saketh Myneni/Sanam Singh.
The unseeded pair of Bhupathi and Bhambri had it easy against fellow unseeded pair of Ze Zhang and Jimmy Wang and they registered a 6-1, 6-3 victory to storm into Saturday’s summit clash. On the other side of the draw, the Asian Games silver medallists Myneni and Singh put up a dominating performance to topple the top-seeded Indo-Italian combine Divij Sharan and Flavio Cipolla, 6-3, 6-3.
The 28-year-old Myneni had double delight on Friday as he won his singles quarter-final too and is now the last Indian standing in the singles draw. The World No. 166, who is seeded fourth in this tournament, beat Zhe Li of China, 6-4, 6-1. In the semi-finals, he will face the second-seeded Belgian Kimmer Coppejans, who prevailed over India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran 6-3, 6-2 in his quarter-final match.
The other semi-final will see the unseeded Cipolla clashing with the third seed Stephane Robert. While Cipolla defeated Jimmy Wang 6-3, 6-2, Robert got the better of Kazakhstan’s Dmitry Popko, 6-2, 6-0.
Ankita Raina bows out of the women’s ITF event
In the women’s ITF $25,000 event, being held simultaneously, India’s Ankita Raina went down in the semi-finals to the sixth-seeded Uzbek player Sabina Sharipova, 3-6, 4-6. The final will now be played between Sharipova and unseeded Serbian teenager Nina Stojanovic.