Ramkumar makes Eckental Challenger semis in season’s finest show

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His web game watching much-improved, India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan stormed into the singles semifinals of the Eckental Challenger with a ruthless win over fourth seed Evgeny Donskoy, right here on Friday. The unseeded Indian trounced the Russian 6-2 6-1 in simply 57 minutes as he fired 11 aces throughout the quarterfinal of the Euro 88520 indoor occasion.

The 35 factors that Ramkumar has assured himself by reaching the last-four will push him back to top-200. He is at present ranked 206.

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It is Ramkumar’s finest efficiency of the season as reaching the Bangkok Challenger quarterfinals in January was his finest end result before at this time’s win. He resumed aggressive tennis last month after a protracted coronavirus-forced break.

While his web game fetched him a whole lot of factors, an off-colour Donskoy’s endless errors just made it straightforward for Ramkumar.

It is Ramkumar’s first win over Donskoy, ranked 120. The last time they met in 2015 Karshi Challenger, the Indian had misplaced.

Ramkumar broke Donskoy within the fifth game when his rival netted a return, opening up a mini lead. It turned 4-2 in Ramkumar’s favour when Donskoy’s backhand return crashed on to the online.

A backhand volley winner at 30-all on Donskoy’s serve gave Ramkumar one other breakpoint. The Russian just helped the Indian by serving a double fault on the breakpoint.

Ramkumar arrive out to serve of the set and commenced with a few aces. After dropping two factors on unforced errors, the Indian closed the set when Donskoy failed to return a serve.

In the second set, Ramkumar broke Donskoy within the third game, wining factors by charging the online. He saved a break likelihood within the subsequent game, which he sealed with consecutive aces for a 3-1 lead.

Donskoy’s errors didn’t cease, serving to Ramkumar end the game in a jiffy. PTI AT ATK ATK

[ Attribution HT]

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