Sriram Balaji cruises into second round

Second seed Sriram Balaji outplayed Shohruh Abdumalikov of Uzbekistan 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of the $25,000 ITF men’s Futures tennis tournament in Namangan on Tuesday.

Second seed Sriram Balaji outplayed Shohruh Abdumalikov of Uzbekistan 6-1, 6-1.   -  The Hindu

Second seed Sriram Balaji outplayed Shohruh Abdumalikov of Uzbekistan 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of the $25,000 ITF men’s Futures tennis tournament in Namangan on Tuesday.

The Indian players had a tough time in Singapore, as Sidharth Rawat and Sanam Singh were beaten in the first round of singles.

Karunuday Singh fought his way into the second round in Thailand, with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory over Mousheg Hovhannisyan of the US.

In the ITF women’s event in Bosnia and Herzegovina, national champion Riya Bhatia sailed into the second round. In Korea, four-time national champion Prerna Bhambri outclassed seventh seed Nudnida Luangnam of Thailand for the loss of three games.

The results:

$25,000 ITF men, Namangan, Uzbekistan

Singles (first round): Sriram Balaji bt Shohruh Abdumalikov (Uzb) 6-1, 6-1; Mihail Khaldeev (Rus) bt Kaza Vinayak Sharma 3-0 (retired).

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Daniyar Duldaev (Kgz) & Mohit Mayur bt Grigoriy Lomakin (Kaz) and Vladimir Polyakov (Rus) 6-4, 6-4.

$15,000 ITF men, Singapore

Singles (first round): Jacob Grils (Aus) bt Sidharth Rawat 6-2, 6-4; Nicholas Hu (US) bt Sanam Singh 6-3, 6-1.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Yuichi Ito (Jpn) and Nam Hoang Ly (Vie) bt Suraj Prabodh & Manish Sureshkumar 6-1, 6-2; Jake Delaney (Aus) and Benjamin Hannestad (Den) bt Sidharth Rawat & Dalwinder Singh 2-1 (retired).

$15,000 ITF men, Hua Hin, Thailand

Singles (first round): Karunuday Singh bt Mousheg Hovhannisyan (US) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5; Patrick Daciek (US) bt Siddharth Vishwakarma 1-6, 6-2, 6-3; Niki Poonacha bt Palaphoom Kovapitukted (Tha) 6-2, 6-1.

$25,000 ITF women, Namangan, Uzbekistan

Singles (first round): Dhruthi Venugopal bt Ksenia Palkina (Kgz) 6-1, 6-2.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Kyra Shroff and Dhruthi Venugopal bt Valentina Shleyn & Shakhsiya Tukhtamatova (Uzb) 6-2, 6-1.

$15,000 ITF women, Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Singles (first round): Riya Bhatia bt Valentina Likic (Ger) 6-3, 6-3.

$15,000 ITF women, Gimcheon, Korea

Singles (first round): Prerna Bhambri bt Nudnida Luangnam (Tha) 6-3, 6-0.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Kim Dabin and Lee So-Ra (Kor) bt Minami Akiyama (Jpn) and Prerna Bhambri 6-3, 6-1.

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