PMRDA MahaOpen ATP Challenger 100: Indian Campaign Ends Amidst Fierce Battles

The PMRDA MahaOpen ATP Challenger 100 Men’s International Tennis Championships witnessed an intense conclusion for the Indian contingent, as wildcard Niki Poonacha fought valiantly but missed a crucial match point, and the all-Indian doubles teams faced defeat at the semi-final stage. Organized by the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA), the event showcased high-stakes matches that concluded Indian participation on Friday.

In a thrilling singles quarterfinal, wildcard Niki Poonacha displayed commendable skills but fell short against seventh-seeded Dane Sweeny of Australia. The match saw Poonacha back from 2-5 and match point down in the third set, ultimately losing 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(3) in a riveting 2-hour, 5-minute encounter.

The disappointment continued in the doubles category, where the top-seeded duo of Arjun Kadhe and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan succumbed to the third-seeded pair of Dan Added (France) and Yunseong Chung (Korea), losing 3-6, 4-6 in under an hour. The formidable pair of Ramkumar Ramanathan and Saketh Myneni, aiming for their third successive Challenger title in India, faced defeat at the hands of the Australian duo Tristan Schoolkate and Adam Walton, with a scoreline of 6-7 (6), 2-6.

In the singles quarterfinals, wildcard Sasikumar Mukund, who displayed brilliant performances in the previous rounds, was forced to pull out due to a viral fever. This walkover paved the way for third-seeded Adam Walton to advance to the semi-finals, where he will face second seed Duje Ajdukovic of Croatia.

In another quarterfinal match, Ajdukovic defeated Russian qualifier Alexey Zakharov 6-4, 6-3. Fourth seed Valentin Vacherot secured his spot in the semi-finals by defeating France’s Enzo Couacaud with a scoreline of 7-6 (2), 6-4. Vacherot is set to face the winner of the quarterfinal clash between seventh seed Dane Sweeny of Australia and Adam Walton.

As the curtains fall on India’s campaign at the PMRDA MahaOpen ATP Challenger 100, the tournament leaves behind a trail of fierce competition and memorable battles on the tennis courts.

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