Madkekar downs Sukul for men`s title

Mumbai: Third-seed Maharashtra`s Aditya Madkekar made short work of his West Bengal opponent Saurav Sukul to lift the men`s singles title in the Rs 2,60,000 prize money Khar Gymkhana All-India Men`s Open Tennis Tournament.

Madkekar defeated the eighth-seed Sukul 6-2, 6-4 to complete a grand double, having won the men`s doubles late yesterday, partnering Sukul to defeat Yannick Nelord and V Vignesh 6-3, 6-4.

Madkekar, hitting deep on both flanks, broke Sukul in the sixth and eight games to take the first set in a jiffy.

The second set began promisingly as Sukul broke Madkekar in the third game for a 2-1 lead, but the latter broke back to even scores and then got the vital break in the ninth game for a 5-4 lead after which he held for the match.

Madkekar took home the winner`s purse of Rs 33,000 while Sukul had to settle for 22,000. The doubles win fetched the duo Rs 8,000 each.

Madkekar said it was tough for a player in these conditions to play back to back big matches and also attributed an injury to Sukul`s ankle as the reason for his lackluster performance.

Final results: (Men`s singles): 3-Aditya Madkekar (Mah) bt 8-Saurav Sukul (WB) 6-2, 6-4. Men`s doubles: Aditya Madkekar/Saurav Sukul bt Yannick Nelord/V Vignesh 6-3, 6-4.


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