Qualifier Sriram Balaji crushed German wild card Robert Strombachs 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of the €46,600 Challenger tennis tournament in Augsburg, Germany, on Tuesday.
Balaji will play the second seeded German, Matthias Bachinger in the pre-quarterfinals.
However, Sasi Kumar Mukund went down fighting to another German wild card, 6-4, 1-6, 6-7(6) in the first round.
In the $25,000 ITF women’s event in Chiswick in England, second seed Ankita Raina bounced back from a tough start to beat Estelle Cascino of France 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 in the first round.
In the $15,000 ITF women’s event in Nairobi, top seed and two-time national champion Mahak Jain cruised into the second round with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Paulina Jastrzebska of Poland.