Sureshkumar Overcomes Top Seed At ITF Kalaburagi Open

Manish Sureshkumar (photo: Deepthi Indukuri/KSLTA)

KALABURAGI, November 29, 2023 (Press Release)

Manish Sureshkumar scripted the first upset victory of the Ultratech Cement ITF Kalaburagi Open when he ousted the top seed Vladyslav Orlov in the first round of the ITF World Tennis Tour M25 event at the Chandrashekhar Patil Stadium here on Wednesday. The 24-year-old played some amazing shots and took the first set 6-3 and was leading 2-0 before his Ukrainian rival threw in the towel citing a shoulder injury, which seemed more out of frustration than in pain.

“It’s a great start beating the top seed. I knew his game as we have played before. I grew in confidence during the first few games. My aim was to keep the ball in the court and I managed to do it,” said Sureshkumar.

Qualifier Rishi Reddy become the second player from Karnataka to enter the last 16 stage where he battled fatigue and won against lucky loser Parth Aggarwal 6-4, 7-5.

Meanwhile, the seeded players sailed into the second round without breaking much sweat. Fourth seeded, Siddharth Rawat, the highest ranked Indian left in the fray overcame Japanese Taisei Ichikawa 6-3, 6-4 while fifth seed Ramkumar Ramanathan, who is just back from lifting the ITF 25K title in Mumbai, his second in as many months, blanked qualifier Ajay Malik 6-0, 6-0 in just 40 minutes. Sixth seed Rishab Agarwal faced some resistance from wild card entrant Jagmeet Singh before overcoming 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

The top seeded pair Purav Raja and Ramkumar Ramanathan were knocked out of the doubles competition by the duo of Sai Karteek Reddy Ganta and Kabir Hans who won in straight sets 7-5, 6-3 to enter the quarterfinals.


Men’s Singles (Round of 32)

7-David Pichler (AUT) bt Arjun Mahadevan 6-0, 6-3; 5-Ramkumar Ramanathan bt Q-Ajay Malik 6-0, 6-0; Rishi Reddy bt Parth Aggarwal 6-4, 7-5; Manish Sureshkumar bt 1-Vladyslav Orlov (UKR) 6-3, 2-0 (retd); Q-Bharath Nishok Kumaran bt Nitin Kumar Sinha 6-4, 6-4; Seita Watanabe (JPN) bt Dhruv Hirpara 6-2, 2-0 (retd); Harrison Adams (USA) bt Dev Javia 7-5, 6-1; 6-Rishab Agarwal bt Jagmeet Singh 6-4, 3-6, 6-4; 4-Sidharth Rawat bt Taisei Ichikawa (JPN) 6-3, 6-4.

Doubles (Round Of 16)

Sai Karteek Reddy Ganta/Kabir Hans bt 1-Purav Raja/Ramkumar Ramanathan 7-5, 6-3; Ryuki Matsuda (JPN)/Ryotaro Taguchi (JPN) bt 4-Siddhant Banthia (IND)/Manish Sureshkumar 6-4, 6-2.