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Fancied players bite the dust at Bengaluru Open.

Fancied players bite the dust at Bengaluru Open

Bangalore, 22 November, 2017   

Bengaluru, Nov 22: On a day when the fancied players bit the dust, Ante Pavic caused the biggest ripple
as he showed fourth seed Elias Ymer the door in a pre-quarterfinal match of the US $ 100,000 Bengaluru
Open at the KSLTA Stadium here on Wednesday. The unheralded Croatian who was a 6-3, 6-7(2), 7-6(5)
winner, will clash with Jay Clarke of Great Britain who upset fifth seed Ramkumar Ramnathan of India in
a grueling three-setter 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-4 in the quarterfinal.
In another upset, lucky loser Antoinne Escoffier of France sent home eighth seed Aleksandr Nedovyesov
of Khazakistan 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. However the top seed Slovanian Blaz Kavcic of Croatia and third seed Yuki
Bhambri of India, although stretched by their respective opponents, made it to the last eight stage.
While Kavcic was stretched by Spaniard Mario Villela Martinez before prevailing 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, Bhambri
quelled the challenge of Pedro Martinez (ESP) 6-2, 7-6 (0).
Prajnesh Gunneswaran who had felled sixth seed Evan King in the opening round, continued his fine run
eliminating Australian Marc Polmans 6-2, 6-7 (1), 6-1 in a fast paced game. Also advancing to the
quarterfinals was wildcard Sumit Nagal who was a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 winner over Brydan Klein of Great Britain
and Tsung-Hua Yang of Teipei who overcame qualifier Borna Gojo 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. Gojo had earlier ousted
second seed Adrian Menendez-Maceiras in the opening round.
Kavcic who has been struggling with a knee pain, raced to a 4-0 lead, thanks to breaks in the first and
third games. However, the Spainard fought back to win three games in a row and showed the promise
of a comeback which he did in the second set which he clinched 6-3. A disputed line call was playing up
on Kavcic’s mind which did make him lose his concentration. In the deciding set, Martinex lost his serve
in the opening game but broke back. A similar story followed in the fifth and sixth game. Kavcic send
down an ace to hold serve in the seventh game and achieved a break in the next to go 5-3 up. Martinez
saved three match points, thanks to two double faults but before he could lose control, the top seed
sealed the match.
“I am not used to playing in high altitudes. The long games are putting pressure on my knee,” said Kavcic
who by the virtue of his second round win has almost sealed a spot in the Australian Open in January.
Prajnesh began on the right note breaking his opponent twice and racing to a 4-0 lead. The 28-year- old
served with fervour and achieved great results as he clinched the first set 6-2. In the second set,
Polmans made a remarkable recovery from being 2-4 down and took the set to a tie-breaker and won.
However, in the decider, Prajnesh didn’t give a semblance of a chance to his opponent as he sent down
winners past his tiring rival.
Results (Pre-quarters)
Singles (prefix indicated seeding)
1-Blaz Kavcic (SLO) bt Mario Villela Martinez (ESP) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; 3-Yuki Bhambri (IND) bt Pedro Martinez
(ESP) 6-2, 7-6 (0); 5-Ramkumar Ramnathan (IND) lost to Jay Clarke (GBR) 7-6(3), 2-6, 4-6; 8-Aleksandr
Nedovyesov (KAZ) lost LL-Antoinne Escoffier (FRA) 3-6, 6-2, 3-6; Ante Pavic (CRO) bt 4-Elias Ymer (SWE)

6-3, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5); Marc Polmans (AUS) lost to Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) 6-2, 6-7 (1), 6-1; Tsung-Hua
Yang (TPE) bt Q-Borna Gojo 2-6, 6-4, 6-2; Sumit Nagal (IND) bt Brydan Klein (GBR) 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.
Doubles (quarterfinals)
1-Mikhail Elgin (RUS) / Divij Sharan (IND) bt Sumit Nagal (IND) / Elias Ymer (SWE) 6-3, 6-3; Ivan Sabanov
(CRO) / Matej Sabanov (CRO) bt 2-Brydan Klein (GBR) / Marc Polmans (AUS) 6-1, 2-6, 10-8; 3-N Sriram
Balaji (IND) / Vishnu Vardhan (IND) bt Prajnesh Guneswaran (IND) / Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-3, 6-3;
Tomislav Brkic (BIH) / Ante Pavic (CRO) bt Timur Khabibulin (KAZ) / Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) 6-1, 4-6,
10-7
Quarterfinal line-up Singles
1-Blaz Kavcic (SLO) Vs. Sumit Nagal (IND); 3-Yuki Bhambri (IND) Vs. Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND); Jay
Clarke (GBR) Vs. Ante Pavic (CRO); LL-Antoine Escoffier Vs. Tsung-Hua Yang (TPE)
Semifinal line-up Doubles
1-Mikhail Elgin (RUS) / Divij Sharan (IND) Vs. 3-N Sriram Balaji (IND) / Vishnu Vardhan (IND)
Ivan Sabanov (CRO) / Matej Sabanov (CRO) Vs. Tomislav Brkic (BIH) / Ante Pavic (CRO)


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