Ramkumar enters Challenger semifinals in Bahrain

Ramkumar Ramanathan recovered from the brink of defeat to beat Goncalo Oliveira of Portugal 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in the quarterfinals of the $52,080 Challenger tennis tournament in Bahrain on Friday.

Ramkumar was down 3-5 in the decider before he turned the tide in his favour.

In the $25,000 ITF womenโ€™s event in Italy, Karman Kaur Thandi beat Stephanie Wagner of Germany 7-6(3), 1-6, 6-4 in the semifinals. She had earlier won another three-hour duel against Erika Andreeva of Russia.

Karman will play fifth seed Susan Bandecchi of Switzerland in the final.

The results

$52,080 Challenger, Manama, Bahrain
Singles (quarterfinals): Ramkumar Ramanathan bt Goncalo Oliveira (Por) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.
Doubles (quarterfinals): Arjun Kadhe & Ramkumar Ramanathan bt Alexander Cozbinov (Mda) & Marek Gengel (Cze) 6-4, 6-2.

$25,000 ITF women, Ortisei, Italy
Singles (semifinals): Karman Kaur Thandi bt Stephanie Wagner (Ger) 7-6(3), 1-6, 6-4; Quarterfinals: Karman bt Erika Andreeva (Rus) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

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