Vishnu finishes runners up in Busan Challenger

The London Olympian said he was happy with the way he played in Busan

By Author  |  Sports Bureau  |  Published: 14th May 2019  5:52 pm
Busan Challenger
CREDITABLE SHOW: J Vishnu Vardhan and Toshide Matsui (right) who won the men's doubles title in Korea

Hyderabad: Doubles specialist J Vishnu Vardhan is on a comeback trail. The city lad, who took a break for a few months from big-time tennis, had a good run in the Busan Open ATP Challenger in Korea where he and Toshide Matsui of Japan finished runners-up.

The Indo-Japanese duo lost to the top seeded team of Christopher Rungkat and Cheng Hsieh 6-7(8), 1-6 after having two set points in the first set. But they could not convert them before losing their way.

“This is first final that I am playing this year after few first round and quarter final appearances in China,’’ said a relieved Vishnu Vardhan.

The London Olympian said he was happy with the way he played in Busan. “I got into a good rhythm. I was moving well and stroking the ball nicely,’’ he said from Busan.

The ONGC employee said he is partnering Matsui this year. “We had won Astana Open ATP Challenger in 2017. It is a sort of reunion. We have a good understanding. He plays good tennis.’’

Vishnu Vardhan and N Balaji had a very good season last year and they even qualified for the Wimbledon tournament. However, Vishnu split with Balaji this year. “I’m desperately looking for a sponsor. It is a very expensive affair in world circuit and that was the reason I had to split with Balaji,’’ said Vishnu.

Vishnu will play in the second leg of Busan tournament. “After that tournament I will travel to Germany where I will do a stint as coach in an academy there. I need to raise some funds for taking part in future tournaments in Europe,’’ the Telangana tennis player said.

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