Taipei, April 16
Yuki Bhambri won his first singles Challenger title of the season, and seventh overall, when he outplayed compatriot Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-3 6-4 in the final of the Taipei event, a victory which will push him back into the top-100 bracket.
Fourth seed Bhambri needed one hour and 29 minutes to overcome Ramanathan. Bhambri has now beaten Ramanathan four times in five meetings.
Bhambri earned 125 ranking points and a prize purse of $21,600, while Ramanathan got 75 points and $12,720 for his effort.
The 25-year-old Bhambri had broken into the top-100 late in 2015 but a tennis-elbow injury hampered his progress. The Delhi player had touched a career-high ranking of 88 that year. He is expected to better his best ranking when the new ATP chart will be released on Monday. Ramanathan is also expected to better his best ranking of 132.
In the doubles event, comeback-man Saketh Myneni and Prajnesh Gunneswaran had to be content with a runners-up finish after losing the final 4-6 7-5 6-10 to Mathew Ebden and Andrew Whittington.