Sureshkumar lone Indian in semi-finals of $15,000 Men’s ITF Championships


Manish Sureshkumar would be the sole Indian in the final 4 of the $15,000 Men’s ITF, being performed on the Deccan Gymkhana laborious courts. The sixth seed had a nip and tuck quarterfinal contest towards Britain’s Henry Patten, closing in with a 3-6,7-6(3), 6-4 win on Friday.

Although down by 3-6 in the primary set, Sureshkumar got here again from the loss by breaking the ninth recreation in set two when he was 4-5 towards Patten. In the tiebreaker in set two with a peaceful strategy and sound strokes, Sureshkumar received with 7-6(3).

“The match was more mental as in who stayed on the court at that moment to get that one break. Today’s match was quite similar to the one in the round of 16. My opponent was serving really well and I was struggling with the returns. I could not break him until like 5-4 in the second set. Luckily, I got it at 4-4 and was able to close in on the match. I got some confidence and then the set went into a tiebreaker and there, anything can happen, but I just kept pushing every single point. I was just focusing particularly on my service games because I knew I would get a chance to break him. I would say I had a lot of chances but I broke him at 4 all in set two. He started to feel the pressure,” mentioned Sureshkumar, who trains with Suresh Kumar on the Chennai Tennis Centre.

The Chennai participant (ATP rank 666) will lock horns with fourth seeded Oliver Crawford of US, who obtained the higher of nationwide champion Arjun Kadhe, 6-3, 7-6(5).
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In one other quarterfinal match, Sweden’s Jonathan Mridha (ATP rank 584) bested second seeded Irishman Simon Carr. While Mridha had a 7-5 win in the primary set, medical pressure marred his recreation in set two.

“By the end of the first set, I felt my quad cramping and it started to pull. I stopped playing as I was nervous that if I kept going in completely I would get a full body cramp. I thought maybe it is better to have some extra rest in the second set and go full in the third set. I hung in there and played every point. I had long matches and it is getting hotter so that can possibly be a reason,” mentioned Mridha.

Currently coaching at Good to Great Academy, Mridha could have his second run-in with Zane Khan, winner of the current ITF legs in Lucknow and Indore. Eighth seeded Khan edged out third seeded Briton Aidan MChugh with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 win after making up for the loss in the primary set.


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