Doumbia is singles winner , Sharan- Raja capture doubles title at $ 50000 KPIT- MSLTA ATP Tennis Challenger
Pune, October 29: Sadio Doumbia of France battled out Prajnesh Gunneswaran of India in three set ,while Indian Pair of Purav Raja and Divij Sharan saved two match points to lift the doubles title at the $50000 KPIT MSLTA ATP Challenger being organized by MSLTA and played at the Mhalunge Balewadi tennis Complex.
In a well contested singles finals lasting 2 hours and 8 minutes 359th ranked and 26 year old Doumbia won his first Challenger title scoring a 4-6,6-4,6-3 win over 346 ranked and 26 year old Indian Prajnesh Gunneswaran.
Gunneswaran broke Doumbia in the ninth game of the first set and held on to win 6-4, in the second set Doumbia broke the tall and lanky Prajnesh in the very second game and clinched the set to levl scores. Prajnesh made unforced errors to be broken twice and losing the set 6-2 and handing Doumbia his first career title win . Doumbia is the ninth player in the 300’s to win a Challenger title this year.
” i’m thrilled and have no words, and hope this will sort my future roadmap ” said Doumbia . ” Making it to the finals has given me confidence in myself ” said Prajnesh
The winner of the KPIT Challenger won $7,200 (Rs.4,71,00) and 80 ATP points to the winner while the runners up took $4,053 ( Rs. 2,65,000) and 55 ATP points.
Purav Raja and Divij Sharan exhibited the chemistry they share winning the fifth ATP Challenger title of the year aoart from the 2 ATP Tour event wins coming back down from 2 match points o score a 3-6,6-3,11-9 win over Luca Margaroli of Switzerland ad Hugo Nys of France in 1 hour and 08 minutes.
Raja and Sharan were dwon 7-9 before levelling scores and taking 4 points on trot to win their first ever challenge title in India. The win gave the $3100 (Rs2,07,093) & 80 points while the Runnersup got $1800(1,20,000) and 48 ATP points.
The winners were presented with unique trophies crafted by Pune Doll Man Mr Jayant Sathe which included Maratha Mavalas .
The prizes were given away at the hands of Kishor Patil Chairman of the Organisng committee and MD of KPIT , Mr Sunder Iyer Tournament Director and Hon Sec of MSLTA and Mr Sharad Kannamwar former President MSLTA and Prabodh Chiplunkar
Organisng secretary Kaustubh Shah welcomed the guests while Jayant Kadhe proposed the vote of thanks.
Singles: final round:
Sadio Doumbia(FRA) bt Prajnesh Gunneswaran(IND)(8) 46 64 63
Purav RAJA (IND)/ Divij SHARAN (IND)  bt Luca Magaroli(SUI) / Hugo NYS(FRA) 36 63 11-9