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Tennis: Ramkumar Ramanathan records a win over world no eight Dominic Thiem

Tennis: Ramkumar Ramanathan records a win over world no eight Dominic Thiem

India Blooms News Service | | 28 Jun 2017, 01:19 pm
Antalya, Jun 28 (IBNS): India's highest ranked singles player in tennis, Ramkumar Ramanathan, shocked world's eighth ranked Dominic Thiem by defeating him in the pre-quarter finals of Antalya Open, reports said.

Ramanathan mauled his opponent in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.

The Indian, who's ranked 222 in the world, took just 59 minutes to defeat his Austrian opponent.

This was Ramanathan's first victory over a top-10 ranked player.

"I worked really hard for this win," he said after his win.

Thanking the fans, the 22-year-old Chennai-born player said, "I thank the crowd for coming out and cheering. I like the grass courts. Courts are fast. I took my chances and it worked out. I am having a great time here and thanks to the organisers."

Following the win, Indian Sports Minister Vijay Goel tweeted, "World No.222 India's @ramkumar1994 upsets World No.8 Dominic Thiem at #AntalyaOpen! Amazing! Good luck for the Q/F #tennis #Sports #India."

Tennis legend Mahesh Bhupathi congratulated Ramanathan by tweeting, "What an exciting win for @ramkumar1994 .. beating a top 10 player should give him a lot of self belief on what he could be capable of..," Bhupathi tweeted.

Former Indian cricket Virender Sehwag too took to Twitter to hail the winner.

"Many Congratulations Ramkumar Ramanathan, ranked World No. 222 on beating World No. 8 Dominic Thiem in straight sets in the #AntalyaOpen," he said.

Indian Tennis star Rohan Bopanna tweeted, "Tremoundous win by Ramkumar Ramanathan over a top10 player. Congrats @ramkumar1994 #AntalyaOpen #Turkey #RamanathanvsThiem.'

Ramanathan will face Cypriot Marcus Bagdatis in the quarter finals, scheduled for Thursday.


Image: twitter.com/DavisCup

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