Saketh Myneni moves into second round of Astana Challenger

The Indian defeated local wild card Grigoriy Lomakin of Kazakhstan 6-3, 7-6.

Saketh Myneni converted one of five break-points he created.   -  R. Ragu

Qualifier Saketh Myneni continued to assert his versatile game as he beat local wild card Grigoriy Lomakin of Kazakhstan 6-3, 7-6(4) in the first round of the USD 125,000 Challenger in Astana on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old Saketh converted one of five breakpoints he forced and saved the only breakpoint he faced.

In the Hall of Fame Open ATP event on grass in Newport, top seed Ramkumar Ramanathan was beaten 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 in the second and final qualifying round by Matthew Ebden of Australia. He had to settle for six ATP points. Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan in partnership with Hugo Nys of France was beaten 10-3 in the super tie-break of the pre-quarterfinals by Wesley Koolhof of the Netherlands and Artem Sitak of New Zealand.

Yuki Bhambri warmed up for the tougher challenges ahead with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Tatsuma Ito of Japan in the USD 75,000 Challenger in Canada. Sriram Balaji, however, went down in straight sets to qualifier Mariano Kestelbom of Argentina in the Challenger in Poland. In the USD 25,000 ITF women’s event in China, Karman Kaur Thandi had no answers to the fourth seed Wang Yafan, and managed to eke out four games from 23-year-old Chinese in the first round.

In the ITF women’s event in Egypt, Snehal Mane qualified into the main draw to join former Asian junior champion Rutuja Bhosale, while Dhruthi Venugopal alone progressed into the second round, among a bunch of Indian girls in Thailand, most of whom tried unsuccessfully to progress from the qualifying event.

The results

USD 600,345 Hall of Fame Open, Newport, U.S.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Wesley Koolhof (Ned) & Artem Sitak (Nzl) bt Hugo Nys (Fra) & Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan 7-5, 4-6, 10-3.

Qualifying singles (second and final round): Matthew Ebden (Aus) bt Ramkumar Ramanathan 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.

USD 125,000 Challenger men, Astana, Kazakhstan

Singles (first round): Saketh Myneni bt Grioriy Lomakin (Kaz) 6-3, 7-6(4).

USD 75,000 Challenger men, Gatineau, Canada

Singles (first round): Yuki Bhambri bt Tatsuma Ito (Jpn) 6-3, 6-2.

EUR 64,000 Challenger men, Poznan, Poland

Singles (first round): Mariano Kestelbom (Arg) bt Sriram Balaji 6-4, 6-4.

USD 60,000 ITF women, Bursa, Turkey

Singles (first round): Ana Vrljic (Cro) bt Kyra Shroff 6-2, 6-2.

USD 25,000 ITF women, Tianjin, China

Singles (first round): Wang Yafan (Chn) bt Karman Kaur Thandi 6-1, 6-3.

USD 15,000 ITF women, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Qualifying singles (third and final round): Snehal Mane bt Agustina Chlpac (Arg) 4-6, 6-3 (retired).

USD 15,000 ITF women, Hua Hin, Thailand

Singles (first round): Dhruthi Venugopal bt Andrea Ka (Cam) 6-0, 6-2.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Akari Inoue & Michika Ozeki (Jpn) bt Risa Ushijima (Jpn) & Dhruthi Venugopal 6-4, 6-4; Patcharin Cheapchandej (Tha) & Sung-Hee Han (Kor) bt Natasha Palha & Rishika Sunkara 6-3, 6-1.

Qualifying singles (third and final round): Aleksa Cveticanin (Aus) bt Ramya Natarajan; Renee Mcbryde (Aus) bt Rishika Sunkara 6-3, 6-4.

Second round: Ange Oby Kajuru (Jpn) bt Nataha Palha 6-3, 3-6, 6-1; Lisa-Marie Riioux (Jpn) bt Nidhi Chilumula 6-4, 6-2; Ramya Natarajan bt Leticia Giudici (Bra) 6-0, 6-2; Renee Mcbryde bt Sai Samhitha 6-4, 6-2; Rishika Sunkara bt Minami Akiyama (Jpn) 4-6, 7-5, 6-3;

First round: Sakura Hondo (Jpn) bt Shilpi Swarupa Das 6-1, 6-0; Lisa-Marie Rioux bt Saumya Vig 6-0, 6-0; Hua-Chen Lee (Tpe) bt Kaaviya Balasubramanian 6-0, 6-1; Yang Lee (Tpe) bt Niditra Rajmohan 6-3, 6-0; Leticia Giudici bt Krishnali Bhonsle 6-1, 6-1.

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