Ramkumar Ramanathan beaten in first round

In the Challenger in China, top seeds Sriram Balaji and Vishnu Vardhan were beaten by the Chinese Sun Fajing and Zeng Shi Hong 10-8 in the super tie-break of the doubles pre-quarterfinals.

Ramkumar Ramanathan lost in the first round of the € 64,000 Challenger tennis tournament.   -  PTI

Third seed Ramkumar Ramanathan was beaten 6-4, 6-2 by Laurynas Grigelis of Lithuania in the first round of the € 64,000 Challenger tennis tournament in Spain on Tuesday.

In the Challenger in China, top seeds Sriram Balaji and Vishnu Vardhan were beaten by the Chinese Sun Fajing and Zeng Shi Hong 10-8 in the super tie-break of the doubles pre-quarterfinals.

In the ITF women’s event in Thailand, national champions Riya Bhatia and Prerna Bhambri set up a second round clash against each other.

In a battle of wits that lasted nearly three hours, Riya survived three match points in the third set tie-break to beat Tamachan Momkoonthod of Thailand.

Prerna, on the other hand, sailed past Nudnida Luangnam 6-3, 6-1.

The results:

€ 64,000 Challenger men, Seville, Spain

Singles (first round): Laurynas Grigelis (Ltu) bt Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-4, 6-2.

$50,000 Challenger men, Zhangjiagang, China

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Sun Fajing & Zeng Shi Hong (Chn) bt Sriram Balaji & Vishnu Vardhan 6-4, 3-6, [10-8].

Qualifying singles (third and final round): Dayne Kelly (Aus) bt Sidharth Rawat 6-2, 6-2.

$15,000 ITF men, Nonthaburi, Thailand

Singles (first round): Karunuday Singh bt Kelsey Stevenson (Can) 6-3, 6-3; Kittirat Kerdlaphee (Tha) bt Shahbaaz Khan 6-3, 6-1.

$15,000 ITF women, Monastir, Tunisia

Singles (first round): Giorgia Pinto (Ita) bt Bhuvana Kalva 6-4, 4-6, 6-1; Sathwika Sama bt Viktoria Glotova (Rus) 6-2, 6-2.

$15,000 ITF women, Nonthaburi, Thailand

Singles (first round): Natasha Palha bt Sravya Shivani 6-3, 6-1; Riya Bhatia bt Tamachan Momkoonthod (Tha) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(7); Prerna Bhambri bt Nudnida Luangnam (Tha) 6-3, 6-1; Sowjanya Bavisetti bt I-Hsuan Cho (Tpe) 6-4, 6-4; Sai Samhitha bt Yatawee Chimchum (Tha) 5-7, 6-4, 6-0.