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#CTLStarWatch - The Week That Was`
16 May 2016, Monday
 
Another week passed by and we are getting ever so close to the second Grand Slam of the year, the French Open.  It was a rough week in the singles draw for the CTL ATP and WTA stars at the Rome Masters.  However, Martina Hingis got back to the winners’ circle and the Indian stars impressed in the Challenger and Futures circuits.
 
MARTINA HINGIS BACK IN THE WINNERS’ CIRCLE
 
Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza finally managed to turn the corner in the clay season and lift a title.  This was the pair’s first title on clay and their 14th WTA title together.  After facing Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic in the last two finals, the World No. 1 pair got a break this time as the in form French pair lost in the quarterfinals.
 
 
In the final, Hingis  and Mirza faced experienced doubles duo of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.  Hingis and Mirza got off to a stunning start winning the first set 6-1 in no time.  The second set was extremely competitive and Makarova and Vesnina won it in a narrow tie-break.  Hingis and Mirza bounced back in style to win the deciding set super tie-break 10-3 to lift the title.  This was the 5th title in 2016 for the top seeded pairing and they gained much needed confidence going into the French Open where they will be going for the “Santina Slam” having won Wimbledon, US Open and the Australian Open.
 
INDIA WATCH:
 
TITLES FOR VISHNU VARDHAN AND SRIRAM BALAJI
 
 
In the next leg of the ITF Futures in India, Vishnu Vardhan made it 2 title in 3 weeks.  After a blip last week, Vishnu Vardhan bounced back to win the singles title in Jassowal.  Sriram Balaji continued his strong form in doubles, winning yet another title, this time with Vijay Sundar Prashanth.  After retiring from his singles match last week, Vishnu Vardhan chose to play only singles this week and hence, Sriram Balaji partnered with Prashanth in Jassowal.  In recent weeks, this is Vishnu’s 5th title after winning twin titles at the Asian Tennis Tour and the ITF Futures in Chandigarh.
 
A GOOD RUN FOR RAMKUMAR RAMANATHAN IN SAMARKAND
 
Ramkumar Ramanathan prepared for the qualifiers in Roland Garros in the best way possible making a deep run in the Challenger in Samarkand.  Ramanathan reached the semifinals and fell agonizingly short in a deciding set tie-break to the experienced Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo.   However the run was great which included a stunning upset win over 2nd seed Radu Albot.  Ramanathan has risen to a career high ranking of 199 and cracked the top 200 of the ATP World Tour rankings.
 
 
 
Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Divij Sharan also had noteworthy weeks with both making the doubles semifinals in Samarkand and Seoul this week.
 
THE COMING WEEK:
 
Ramkumar Ramanathan and Saketh Myneni will take part in the Roland Garros qualifiers this week.  They both have shown promise winning qualifying rounds in slams but are yet to make the crucial breakthrough of qualifying for the main draw.  Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan along with his partner, Sanam Singh will continue their grind in the Challenger circuit, this week at Bangkok
 
Fernando Verdasco plays the ATP 250 tournament in Nice this week.  Heather Watson and Alize Cornet take part in the WTA International in Strasbourg.
 
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