Prarthana Thombare won the doubles title partnering Luksika Kumkhum at the ITF USD 100K Manchester Challenger, beating top seeds Naomi Broady and Asia Muhammad in the final.

The title is Prarthana’s 21st in doubles but the first in almost a year.

Among the men, Yuki Bhambri got the better of US qualifier Taylor Fritz to reach the main draw of the Queen’s Club Championships, wherein he’ll face world No 31 Milos Raonic in the first round.

Fritz had beaten Yuki in three sets last year at the Ilkley Challenger in the United Kingdom.

Manish Sureshkumar, 18, finished runner-up in his first Futures final in Sri Lanka. He fought well before losing 5-7, 2-6 to 572nd ranked Russian Alexander Zhurbin.

Syketh Myneni qualified for the main draw at the Fergana Challenger in Uzbekistan with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win over Russia’s Aslan Karatsev.

Meanwhile, Prajnesh Gunneswaran, who’d upset world No 23 Denis Shapovalov at Stuttgart last week, withdrew from the Ilkley Challenger due to a strain.


ITF Manchester (USD 100K) Prarthana Thombare and Luksika Kumkhum (Thailand) [4] beat Naomi Broady (Great Britain) and Asia Muhammad (USA) [1] in the final.


ITF F1 Futures Sri Lanka (USD 15K) Manish Sureshkumar [5] lost to Alexander Zhurbin (Russia) [2] 5-7, 2-6 in the final.
Ilkley ATP Challenger Prajnesh Gunneswaran [3] lost to Hiroki Moriya (South Korea) (via walkover) in the second round.

Qualifying round at:-

Queen’s Club Championships: Yuki Bhambri beat Taylor Fritz (USA) 6-4, 6-2 in the second round.

Fergana Challenger: Saketh beat Aslan Karatsev (Russia) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in the third round; Sasi Kumar Mukund [6] lost to Tung-Lin Wu (Taiwan) 0-6, 6-7 in the third round.

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