Bhambri in Challenger pre-quarterfinals

Yuki Bhambri beat Tatsuma Ito of Japan 7-6(2), 6-2 in the first round of the $50,000 Challenger tennis tournament in China on Tuesday.

In the pre-quarterfinals, the 24-year-old Yuki Bhambri will play fourth seed Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia.   -  File photo: R. Ragu

Yuki Bhambri beat Tatsuma Ito of Japan 7-6(2), 6-2 in the first round of the $50,000 Challenger tennis tournament in China on Tuesday.

In the pre-quarterfinals, the 24-year-old Yuki will play fourth seed Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia.

Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan joined hands with Christopher Rungkat of Indonesia to beat the Chinese wild cards Di Wu and Zhizhen Zhang in two tie-break sets.

Davis Cupper Ramkumar Ramanathan lost in the third and final qualifying round of a similar Challenger in Mexico, in three tough sets to Alex De Minaur of Australia.

In the ITF men’s Futures in Bahrain, Shahbaaz Khan capitalised on his lucky loser entry to make the pre-quarterfinals by outplaying a local wild card entrant for the loss of one game.

In the $15,000 ITF women’s event in Greece, seventh seed Karman Kaur Thandi was beaten 6-4, 7-5 by qualifier Michaela Boev of Belgium.

The results

$50,000 Challenger men, Quanzhou, China

Singles (first round): Yuki Bhambri bt Tatsuma Ito (Jpn) 7-6(2), 6-2.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Christopher Rungkat (Ina) & Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan bt Di Wu & Zhizhen Zhang (Chn) 7-6(5), 7-6(5).

$50,000 Challenger men, Guadalajara, Mexico

Qualifying singles (third and final round): Alex De Minaur (Aus) bt Ramkumar Ramanathan 7-6(2), 5-7, 6-4.

$15,000 ITF men, Heraklion, Greece

Singles (first round): Alex Molcan (Svk) bt Sathi Reddy Chirala 6-1, 6-0.

$15,000 ITF men, Manama, Bahrain

Singles (first round): Shahbaaz Khan bt Abdul Rahman Janahi (Brn) 6-0, 6-1.

$15,000 ITF women, Heraklion, Greece

Singles (first round): Michaela Boev (Bel) bt Karman Kaur Thandi 6-4, 7-5.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Olga Ianchuk (Ukr) & Despina Papamichail (Gre) bt Laura Pous Tio (Esp) & Tanisha Rohira 6-2, 6-2.

$15,000 ITF women, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Emilie Francati (Den) & Nina Kruijer (Ned) bt Natasha Palha & Rishika Sunkara 7-5, 6-4; Qianxin Kong (Chn) and Ramya Natarajan bt Jawairiah Noordin & Theiviya Selvarajoo (Mas) 4-6, 6-4, 10-8.

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