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Tennis: Rethin clinches TK Ramanathan Award

CHENNAI: Rethin Pranav bagged the prestigious TK Ramanathan Award at the Annual Day function of the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association here at the SDAT Nungambakkam stadium here on Friday. Rethin also got a cash prize of Rs 30000. The TNTA also honoured noted coach Hiten Joshi for serving the game for 30 years. Vijay Amritraj, president of TNTA, thanked the government for the support it has provided over the years. He pointed out that 2025 was the centenary year of TNTA and the association was looking forward to conduct various events and tournaments including a premier tennis event in the city to mark the occasion. He then distributed the awards to the talented players, prominent amongst whom were 14-year-old Savitha Bhuvaneswari, 13-year-old Deepshika Vinayagamurthy 14-year-old Maya Rajeshwari Revathi and 16-year-old Rethin Pranav. Vijay Amritraj also insisted that talks were on to try and bring the ATP Chennai Open back in the city. We will try our best to bring the premier tournament back in the city, he said. Former India Davis Cup captain Ramesh Krishnan gave away the TK Ramanathan Award.

The New Indian Express 18 May 2024 12:05 pm

Tommy Paul advances to the Italian Open semifinals, his best result on clay

Tommy Paul outlasted ninth-ranked Hubert Hurkacz 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 to earn a spot in the semifinals at the Foro Italico, following up from a straight-set victory over defending champion Daniil Medvedev

The Hindu 17 May 2024 2:28 am

Swiatek on course for Madrid-Rome double; facing Keys in the quarters

ROME: Top-ranked Iga Swiatek remained on course for an uncommon Madrid-Rome double after beating Angelique Kerber to reach the Italian Open quarterfinals on Monday. It was a ninth straight win for Swiatek, and the two-time Rome champion will next face Madison Keys after the American player eased past Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-1 in a match that was interrupted by an environmental protest. Swiatek needed eight set points to secure the opener but had no such problems at the end of the second, sealing a 7-5, 6-3 victory on the first match point when Kerbers return went wide. The match against Keys will be a repeat of last weeks Madrid Open semifinal, which Swiatek won. The Polish player is attempting to become the first woman to win the dirt double since Serena Williams in 2013. For sure, playing against Maddie is not easy, Swiatek said. The score was pretty one way in Madrid. Its kind of easy for your mind to just drift off sometimes. The most important thing is to stay focused and really disciplined. Keys match in Rome was temporarily suspended at 3-1 in the second set after two protesters jumped onto the court and threw confetti, while others from the environmentalist group glued themselves to the stands. As soon as I saw them come over the barrier, my first thought was like, Should I go tackle one of them? But I stopped myself, Keys said. And then the chair (umpire) started yelling at me to go sit down. Unfortunately, its starting to become a little bit of a common thing thats happening. The players returned to the locker room and the protestors did not resist when security intervened before police and firefighters also arrived to handle the situation. Two more Americans were through to the quarterfinals after third-seeded Coco Gauff rallied to beat Paula Badosa 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 and Danielle Collins eased past Irina-Camelia Begu 6-0, 6-3. Second-seeded Aryna Sabalenka fought back from a set down and had to fend off three match points after getting treatment for a back problem before beating Elina Svitolina 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7) in a match that finished well after midnight local time. Two-time champion Svitolina looked certain to secure the victory on her first match point as she had what should have been the simplest of volleys over the net with Sabalenka seemingly stranded right at the other side of the court. But Svitolina hit the ball into the net. Victoria Azarenka, Jelena Ostapenko and Qinwen Zheng also advanced. In the mens tournament, defending champion Daniil Medvedev survived a scare before prevailing against Serbian qualifier Hamad Medjedovic 7-6 (5), 2-6, 7-5 in their third-round match. Next Gen titleholder Medjedovic was given a standing ovation as he left the court after some courageous tennis but he will be regretting not making the most of a set point in the opening set. The second-seeded Medvedev will face Tommy Paul in the round of 16 after the American beat Dominik Koepfer 6-4, 6-3. Both of the Madrid finalists were eliminated. Last weeks winner Andrey Rublev, who was seeded fourth in Rome, was upset by French qualifier Alexandre Muller 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 for his first win over a top-10 player. Madrid runner-up Felix Auger-Aliassime was beaten by ninth-seeded Alex de Minaur 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4. Also advancing were Hubert Hurkacz, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Sebastian Baez and Nicolas Jarry.

The New Indian Express 14 May 2024 4:12 pm