Ilya Ivashka Progresses in Shenzhen Challenger

The ATP Challenger Shehzhen is an annual ATP hard-court tennis tournament that takes place in Shenzhen, China. The 2017 tournament was won by #2 seed Yuichi Sugita. The tournament first took place in 2014 and the 2018 ATP Shenzhen Challenger is currently underway, with the Round of 32 in progress.

Belarusian tennis player Ilya Ivashka has just beaten Italy’s Stefano Napolitano to progress to the Round of 16 of the Shenzhen Challenger. While it looked like an evenly matched contest on paper, the #7 seed Ivashka made easy work of the game, winning in 2 sets to progress to the next round.

Ilya Ivashka

The 24-year old Ivashka beat the 22-year old and less experienced Napolitano 6-3, 6-4 and will now be preparing for his Round of 16 game. Ivashka came in to this game with only 2 wins from his last 5 games while Napolitano came in to it with 3 wins from his last 5 games. However, Ivashka has been around the circuit for a longer while, and is ranked #148 on the ATP Rankings, as compared to Napolitano’s #180.

The two had no prior head to head meetings but Ivashka has now taken a 1-0 lead. There were a few other Round of 32 games being played simultaneously, where Hiroki Moriya beat #2 seed Jordan Thompson in three sets and #5 seed Yannick Maden beat Blaz Rola in straight sets.  Also, the game between Uladzimir Ignatik and another former Shenzhen champ Blaz Kavčič has just begun.

We at Read Scoops make a conscious effort to report these sporting events as soon as possible. So keep an eye out for further updates on Ivashka’s progress in this tournament. If you liked this article, you can check out similar stuff here:


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