Bengaluru Open: Kadhe qualifies for the main draw; Myneni falls to Moroni

India’s Saketh Myneni was sent packing 6-1, 6-1 by Italy’s Gian Marco Moroni in the opening round of the Bengaluru Open ATP Challenger tournament.

The 34-year-old Myneni, who was a finalist in 2018 and was handed a wildcard for the ongoing edition, was never in the match, losing in just 58 minutes. (File Photo)   -  THE HINDU

India’s Saketh Myneni was sent packing 6-1, 6-1 by Italy’s Gian Marco Moroni in the opening round of the Bengaluru Open ATP Challenger tournament on Monday.

The 34-year-old, who was a finalist in 2018 and was handed a wildcard for the ongoing edition, was never in the match, losing in just 58 minutes.

Also on the day, India's Arjun Kadhe made it through the singles qualifying to secure a spot in the main draw. The 28-year-old, who is ranked 778 in the world, defeated Alexander Erler of Austria 6-3, 6-4 in the final round.

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Elsewhere, Sasikumar Mukund fell at the last qualifying stage, losing to Croatia's Borna Gojo 3-6, 2-6.

Results (Indians unless specified)

First round: Gian Marco Moroni (Ita) bt Saketh Myneni 6-1, 6-1; Aleksandar Vukic (Aus) bt Jason Kubler (Aus) 7-5, 6-4; Hugo Grenier (Fra) bt Vit Kopriva (Cze) 6-1, 2-6, 6-4; Chun-hsin Tseng (Tpe) bt Jay Clarke (GBR) 6-3, 6-1; Kimmer Coppejans (Bel) bt Marc Polmans (Aus) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Qualifying (final round): Borna Gojo (Cro) bt Mukund Sasikumar 6-3, 6-2; Arjun Kadhe bt Alexander Erler (Aut) 6-3, 6-4.

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