India’s top-ranked singles player Yuki Bhambri was, on Thursday, knocked out of the Busan Open by China’s Ze Zhang while Rohan Bopanna was ousted in the second round of men’s doubles at the Italian Open in Rome, as he and Edouard Roger-Vasselin fell in straight sets.

Second seed Yuki, playing his first tournament since winning the Challenger at Santaizi in Taiwan, lost 4-6, 3-6 for the first time to the 265th ranked Zhang.

His compatriot N Sriram Balaji lost a tight second round match to second seed Attila Balazs at the Samarkand Challenger.

Balaji lost 6-7(5), 6-7(3) to his Hungarian challenger after a 126-minute battle.

Bopanna and Roger-Vasselin, seeded seventh in Rome, were involved in a tight first set against Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas and Spain’s Marcel Granollers. The unseeded pair eventually took the set after a tie-breaker before taking the second set 6-4.

Meanwhile, at the ITF USD 25K event in Wuhan, Rutuja Bhosala and her partner from Great Britain, Emily Webley-Smith, lost to the Chinese pair of Hanyu Guo and Ying Zhang in the women’s doubles semi-final. The Indo-British pair went down 7-6(6), 2-6, 8-10 to the fourth seeds.


ITF Wuhan (USD 25K)  * Rutuja Bhosale and Emily Webley-Smith (Great Britain) lost to Hanyu Guo (China) and Ying Zhang (China) [4] in the semi-final.


ATP Challenger Busan, South Korea * Yuki Bhambri [2] lost to Ze Zhang (China) 4-6, 3-6 in the second round.
ATP Challenger Samarkand, Uzbekistan * N Sriram Balaji lost to Attila Balázs [2] (Hungary) 6-7, 6-7 in the second round.

ITF Uganda F3 Futures (USD 15K)
* Jayesh Pungliya and Dhruv Sunish lost to Jordi Munoz-Abreu (Venezuela) and David Perez Sanz (Spain) [1] 4-6, 0-6 in the quarter-final.

* Kunal Anand and Giovani Samaha (Lebanon) [4] lost to Tommaso Gabrieli (Italy) and Marco Miceli (Italy) 5-7, 2-6 in the quarter-final.

* Vinayak Sharma Kaza and Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan lost to Anton Chekhov (Russia) and Matt Seeberger (USA) [3] 2-6, 6-7 (3)  in the quarter-final.

* Vasisht Cheruku and SD Prajwal Dev lost to Tyler Lu (USA) and Goran Markovic (Serbia) 3-6, 3-6  in the quarter-final.
Rome Masters (ATP 1000) *Rohan Bopanna / Edouard Roger Vasselin lost 6-7 (5), 4-6 to Pablo Cuevas / Marcel Granollers in the second round