Pranjala, Rutuja have robust start in Thailand

Pranjala Yadlapalli beat Thaliand’s Nathapat Piwbangruk 6-0, 6-0 while Rutuja Bhosale got the better of Thailad’s Natcharee Teerachodjranon with the same scoreline in the $15,000 ITF women’s tournament in Hua Hin.

Pranjala Yadlapalli got off to a flying start by thumping Nathapat Piwbangruk of Thailand 6-0, 6-0.   -  Special Arrengment

Two of the country’s former Asian junior champions Pranjala Yadlapalli and Rutuja Bhosale had robust start in the $15,000 ITF women’s tournament in Hua Hin, as they blanked their opponents in the first round on Monday.

However, Zeel Desai who has graduated out of the junior ranks at the US Open, had a tough start as she was beaten 7-5, 6-3 by Emma Hurst of Britain.

In doubles, the top seeded Sowjanya Bavisetti and Rishika Sunkara were beaten in straight sets by the Thai pair of Watsachol Sawasdee and Chanikarn Silakul, in the pre-quarterfinals.

In the $75,000 men’s Challenger in Turkey Divij Sharan, who had assisted the Indian Davis Cup in its preparation in New York, was beaten in the first qualifying round of singles. Divij has been seeded third in doubles in partnership with compatriot Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan.

Elsewhere, top seed Chandra Bhushan beat Uttam Bogati of Nepal 6-4, 6-0 in the first round of the ITF grade-5 seniors tennis tournament in Pokhara, Nepal, on Monday.

Results:

$15,000 ITF women, Hua Hin, Thailand

Singles (first round): Pranjala Yadlapalli bt Nathapat Piwbangruk (Tha) 6-0, 6-0; Emma Hurst (GBR) bt Zeel Desai 7-5, 6-3; Sai Samhitha bt Zhuoma Ni Ma (Chn) 6-3, 6-3; Mi Zhuoma You (Chn) bt Rishika Sunkara 6-0, 6-0; Rutuja Bhosale bt Natcharee Teerachodjranon (Tha) 6-0, 6-0. Qualifying singles (second and final round): Elaine Genovese (Mlt) bt Kaaviya Balasubramanian 6-0, 6-1. First round: Jia Qi Ren (Chn) bt Arushi Bhasin 6-1, 6-2; Kaaviya Balasubramanian bt Angella Raman 6-1, 6-1; Haine Ogata (Jpn) bt Nithya Raj 6-1, 6-1; Thitirat Kanaphuet (Tha) bt Sai Dedeepya 6-0, 6-1; Watsachol Sawasdee (Tha) bt Isha Budwal 6-2, 6-3. Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Watsachol Sawasdee & Chanikarn Silakul (Tha) bt Sowjanya Bavisetti & Rishika Sunkara 6-3, 7-5; Shou Na Mu & Xiaoxi Zhao (Chn) bt Kelly Poggensee-Wei (US) & Isha Budwal 6-0, 6-2.

$75,000 Challenger men, Istanbul, Turkey

Qualifying singles (first round): Mustafa Erdogan (Tur) bt Divij Sharan 7-6(6), 6-2.

$25,000 ITF men, Sevilla, Spain

Qualifying singles (first round): Nathan Lavanchy (Sui) bt Aaditya Dahiya 6-2, 6-1.

$15,000 ITF men, Cairo, Egypt

Qualifying singles (first round): Tadeas Paroulek (Cze) bt Chinmaya Dev Chauhan -2, 6-4; Mohamed Aboulkassem (Egy) bt Kshitij Kamal 6-2, 6-2.

$15,000 ITF women, Cairo, Egypt

Qualifying singles (first and final round): Snehal Mane bt Krishnali Bhonsle 6-0, 6-0.