National grass court c'ship: Dalwinder, Riya progress to the second round

Dalwinder will run into another strong hurdle in the form of Sivadeep Kosaraju in the next round, while Riya will face Jitasha Shastri.

Riya Bhatia outplayed Priyanka Rodricks 6-0,6-1 and will face Jitasha Shastri in the pre-quarterfinals.   -  Arun Kulkarni

Top seed Dalwinder Singh was stretched right till the end by Arnav Alok Goel but he prevailed 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the first round of the State of Patiala National grass court tennis championship at the Chandigarh Club on Monday.

Dalwinder will run into another strong hurdle in the form of Sivadeep Kosaraju in the next round. Kosaraju himself had to negotiate a tough qualifier Mohit Bhardwaj 7-5, 7-5 in his first round, and thus would be better prepared for the top seed in the second round.

While former national champion and fourth seed Vijay Kannan cruised into the second round with a rountine 6-2, 6-2 win over Nihit Rawal sixth seed Irfan Hussain and seventh seed Siddarth Ponnala were shown the door by Jatinn Dhaiya and Tejas Chaukulkar respectively.

In the women’s section, top seed Riya Bhatia outplayed Priyanka Rodricks 6-0,6-1 and will face Jitasha Shastri in the pre-quarterfinals.

Third seed Nidhi Chilumula also sailed into the pre-quarterfinals by beating qualifier Shruti Gupta 6-1.6-2.

The results (first round):

Men: Dalwinder Singh bt Arnav Alok Goel 4-6, 6-3, 7-5; Sivadeep Kosaraju bt Mohit Bhardwaj 7-5, 7-5; Param Pun bt Rohit Rampuria 6-1, 6-1; Abhimansu Borthakur bt Jagmeet Singh 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-2; Vijay Kannan bt Nihit Rawal 6-2, 6-2; Yugal Bansal bt Ajay Pruthvi 6-3, 6-3; Sathyaraj Ravishankar bt Nitin Gunduboina 6-3, 6-0; Jatin Dhaiya bt Irfan Hussain 6-1, 3-6, 6-3; Tejas Chaukulkar bt Siddarth Ponnala 6-0, 6-1; Ranjeet Singh bt Eklavya Singh 6-3, 5-7, 6-0; Saurav Sukul bt Armaan Bhatia 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5); Suraj Prabodh bt Archit Jain 1-6, 6-2, 6-0; Faisal Qamar bt Isshaque Eqball 6-2, 6-4; Shahbaaz Khan bt Hardeep Singh Sandhu 6-3, 2-6, 6-3; Jaydeep Chudasama bt Yuvraj Singh 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(3); VM Ranjeet bt Vilasier Khate 6-1, 6-2.

Women: Riya Bhatia bt Priyanka Rodricks 6-0, 6-1; Jitasha Shastri bt Himanshika 6-4, 6-3; Sara Yadav bt Gayatri Kumaraiah 6-3, 6-4; Samriti Punyani bt Ashpreet Bajwa 6-4, 6-4; Prakriti Banwani bt Harleen Kaur 6-3, 6-4; Amrita Mukherjee bt Vibhasree Gowda 6-1, 6-1; Nidhi Chilumula bt Shruti Gupta 6-1, 6-2.