Ramkumar Ramanathan kept the Indian hopes alive, advancing to the last eight, on a day Yuki Bhambri and Sanam Singh made second round exit in the USD 50,000 Kolkata Open ATP Challenger Tour at the Bengal Tennis Association courts here on Wednesday.
Continuing to make giant strides, Indian youngster Ramkumar Ramanathan on Tuesday stunned country's number one men's singles player and fourth seed Somdev Devvarman in the USD 50,000 Kolkata Open at the Bengal Tennis Association courts here today.
Courtesy his final appearance at the Delhi Open, Yuki Bhambri jumped 117 places to get to 297 while his conqueror Somdev Devvarman lost two spots to be at 155 in the latest ATP singles ranking, issued on Monday.
India's top tennis players Somdev Devvarman and Yuki Bhambri set up the Delhi Open title clash against each other after scoring contrasting victories in their respective semifinals of the USD 100,000 ATP Challenger, here on Saturday.
Indian ace Somdev Devvarman and Yuki Bhambri will look forward to carry forward their red hot form of the ongoing Delhi Open, even as Australian James Duckworth is likely to get the top billing in the upcoming ATP Challenger Tour at the Bengal Tennis Association courts from February 23-28.
Wild card Sanam Singh led the Indian charge by knocking out top seed James Duckworth even as Yuki Bhambri and Somdev Devvarman were clinical enough to enter the singles quarterfinals of the Delhi Open, here on Thursday.
The likes of Somdev Devvarman and Yuki Bhambri might be doing well in the circuit but that's not enough and Indian tennis needs some top class singles players to take the interest to a higher level, Britain's former No 1 Tim Henman said on Sunday.
Indian youngster Yuki Bhambri could not have asked for a tougher draw as he has been pitted against world number six and two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray in his first round of the Australian Open.
Riding on his maiden Challenger title win, Saketh Myneni today leapfrogged 168 places to be ranked 283 in the ATP singles chart while Ramkumar Ramanathan achieved a career-best spot of 226 following his semifinal appearance at the just-concluded Indore Open.