Challenger tennis: Ramkumar Ramanathan shines in first round

Ramkumar Ramanathan beat Ernesto Escobedo of the US 7-6(6), 6-3 in the first round of the €44,820 Challenger tennis tournament in Antalya, Turkey.

Ramkumar Ramanathan

Ramkumar Ramanathan beat Ernesto Escobedo of the US 7-6(6), 6-3 in the first round.   -  R. RAGU

Ramkumar Ramanathan beat Ernesto Escobedo of the US 7-6(6), 6-3 in the first round of the €44,820 Challenger tennis tournament in Antalya, Turkey.

It was the first victory in three meetings for the 26-year-old Ramkumar, ranked 190 in the world, against the 24-year-old American.

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The results:

€44,820 Challenger, Antalya, Turkey

Singles (first round): Ramkumar Ramanathan bt Ernesto Escobedo (US) 7-6(6), 6-3.