Indian Tennis

Yuki Bhambri wins Taipei Challenger by defeating Ramkumar, set to break back into top 100

Bhambri continued to maintain his impressive record against compatriot Ramkumar.

Yuki Bhambri won his first singles Challenger title of the 2018 season, and seventh overall, when he outplayed compatriot Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-3 6-4 in the final of the Taipei event on Sunday, a victory which will push him back into the top-100 bracket.

Fourth seed Yuki, who skipped last week’s Davis Cup tie in China due to a minor abdomen injury, needed one hour and 29 minutes to down Ramkumar in the all-Indian clash.

Yuki has now beaten Ramkumar four times in five meetings.

Yuki earned 125 ranking points and a prize purse of USD 21,600 while Ramkumar got 75 points and USD 12,720 for his effort.

The 25-year-old from Delhi had broken into the top-100 late in 2015 but a tennis elbow injury hampered his progress. He had touched a career-high rank of 88 that year and is expected to better his personal-best singles rank when the new ATP chart will be released on Monday.

Ramkumar is also expected to better his career-best rank of 132.

In the doubles event, comeback-man Saketh Myneni and Prajnesh Gunneswaran had to be content with a runners-up finish after losing the final 4-6 7-5 6-10 to Mathew Ebden and Andrew Whittington.

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