Virginia Alumni Shine on ATP Challenger Tour
Feb. 6, 2014
CHENNAI, India – For the first time in history, three Virginia alumni reached the singles quarterfinals of an ATP Challenger Tour event in the same week. Somdev Devvarman (Class of 2008) and Sanam Singh (Class of 2011) reached the quarterfinals of the tournament in Chennai, India, while Jarmere Jenkins (Class of 2013) advanced at the tournament in Adelaide, Australia.
Devvarman, the top seed at the Chennai tournament, has advanced to the semifinals with wins over Ramkumar Ramanathan, Michael Venus and Jordi Samper-Montana. He will play fellow Indian Yuki Bhambri, the No. 7 seed, in the semifinals.
Singh upset the No. 6 seed, David Guez of France, in the first round and N. Sriram Balaji in the second round. He was edged by second-seeded Evgeny Donskoy in the quarterfinals.
Jenkins is having his second consecutive strong showing at a Challenger Tour event in Australia, reaching the quarterfinals at West Lakes a week after a semifinal performance in Burnie. He downed No. 7 seed Boy Westerhof in the first round and Dayne Kelly in the second round. He plays second-seeded James Duckworth in the quarterfinals. Jenkins also has advanced to the doubles semifinals at West Lakes, teaming with Marcus Daniell of New Zealand.
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