Ramkumar, Yuki in second round of Surbiton Challenger

Ramkumar Ramanathan fired 11 aces and converted three of seven breakpoints to beat second seed Jordan Thompson of Australia 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

File Photo: Ramkumar Ramanathan took three sets to beat Jordan Thompson.   -  AP

Davis Cupper Ramkumar Ramanathan fired 11 aces and converted three of seven breakpoints to beat second seed Jordan Thompson of Australia 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in the first round of the EUR 127,000 Challenger on grass in Surbiton, U. K., on Tuesday.

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Third seeded Yuki Bhambri had earlier beaten Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia 6-4, 7-6 (4) in his first-round match.

Earlier, Sriram Balaji and Vishnu Vardhan handled the climax well to beat Nick Kyrgios and Jackson Withrow 10-6 in the super tie-break of the doubles pre-quarterfinals.

The results
  • EUR 127,000 Challenger men, Surbiton, U. K.
  • Singles (first round): Yuki Bhambri bt Thanasi Kokkinakis (Aus) 6-4, 7-6 (4); Ramkumar Ramanathan bt Jordan Thompson (Aus) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.
  • Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Sriram Balaji & Vishnu Vardhan bt Nick Kyrgios (Aus) & Jackson Withrow (U. S.) 7-6 (2), 3-6, 10-6; Nicholas Monroe (U. S.) & John-Patrick Smith (Aus) bt Matthew Ebden (Aus) & Yuki Bhambri 6-2, 4-6, 10-7.
  • USD 15,000 ITF men, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Singles (first round): Frederik Press (Ger) bt Jayesh Pungliya 6-2, 7-6 (5).
  • Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Matias Franco Descotte (Arg) & Aryan Goveas bt Tarun Anirudh Chilakalapudi & Niki Poonacha 6-2, 6-3; Aron Pierce (U. S.) & Anurag Nenwani bt Tanaka Chabata & Brandon Levendale (Zim) 6-2, 6-4.
  • USD 25,000 ITF women, Changsha, China
  • Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Alison Bai (Aus) & Fang Ying Xun (Chn) bt Kexuan Zhou (Chn) & Ashmitha Easwaramurthi 6-0, 6-2.
  • USD 25,000 ITF women, Obidos, Portugal
  • Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Luniuska Delgado (Ven) & Rosa Vicens Mas (Esp) bt Mahhak Jain & Sathwika Sama 6-4, 6-4.
  • USD 25,000 ITF Women, Singapore
  • Doubles (pre-quarterfnals): Beatrice Gumulya & Jessy Rompies (Ina) & Pei-Chi Lee (Tpe) & Riya Bhatia 6-0, 6-1.
  • USD 25,000 ITF women, Hua Hin, Thailand
  • Singles (first round): Pranjala Yadlapalli bt Pamela Montez (U. S.) 5-7, 6-2, 6-3.
  • Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Tamachan Momkoonthod (Tha) & Pranjala Yadlapalli bt Mariana Correa (Ecu) & Monica Robinson (US) 6-2, 6-2.
  • USD 25,000 ITF women, Namangan, Uzbekistan
  • Singles (first round): Sofya Golubovskaya (Rus) bt Natasha Palha 6-3, 7-5; Anastasia Gasanova bt Sai Samhitha 6-1, 6-1.
  • Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Olga Doroshina (Rus) & Valeriya Strakhova (Ukr) bt Sai Samhitha & Natasha Palha 6-1, 6-2.
  • USD 15,000 ITF women, Antalya, Turkey
  • Siingles (first round): Jennifer Luikham bt Kanami Tsuji (Jpn) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3; Verena Meliss (Ita) bt Isha Budwal 6-0, 6-1.