India’s Yuki Bhambri and Ramkumar Ramanathan began their marketing campaign on the Tata Open Maharashtra with contrasting victories within the singles qualifying opening spherical right here on Saturday.
Whereas Bhambri dominated Diego Hidalgo 6-2, 6-2 in a lopsided match, Chennai-based Ramanathan, who entered the draw as a wildcard, registered a sensational come-from-behind 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 win towards Otto Virtanen.
South Asia’s solely ATP 250 occasion is being carried out by the Maharashtra State Garden Tennis Affiliation (MSLTA) in affiliation with the state authorities.
In the meantime, different three Indians in motion – Prajnesh Gunneswaran, Sidharth Rawat and Aditya Balsekar – suffered defeats of their respective matches.
Whereas Gunneswaran went down preventing 7-6 (6), 3-6, 7-5 towards the previous phrase No. 45 Maximilian Marterer, Rawat made Zdenek Kolar work exhausting earlier than shedding the match by 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-1.
Balsekar was defeated by Flavio Cobolli 6-3, 6-0.
In different first-round matches, final yr’s semifinalist Elias Ymer made progress after his opponent Miljan Zekic retired. Mattia Bellucci beat Vladyslav Orlov 6-4, 6-4 and Nikola Milojevic additionally thrashed Nicholas David Ionel 6-3, 6-2.
The second and last spherical of the qualifiers might be performed on Sunday as Bhambri, Ramanathan and others will look to win and safe the primary draw spots for themselves.
Bhambri and Ramanathan will tackle Ymer and Bellucci, respectively, within the last spherical.
Earlier within the day, 15-year-old rising India star Manas Dhamne was handed a predominant draw wildcard within the singles. The Pune-born tennis prodigy Dhamne might be seen competing in the primary draw alongside world tennis stars together with world quantity 17 Marin Cilic.
The principle draw will happen from January 2 to 7.
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Publish date: 2022-12-31 20:55:56
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