Chennai Open Challenger: Impressive win for Sasikumar

Chennai: India’s Sasikumar Mukund came up with an impressive performance to outclass his German rival Sebastian Fanselow 6-3, 6-1 in the second round of the Chennai Open ATP Challenger 80 tennis tournament here Tuesday.

However, Sumit Nagal, who is aiming to get his career back on track after a moderate 2018, suffered a 3-6, 4-6 loss to Korea’s eighth seed Duckhee Lee.

In another match, Khelo India Games Under-21 winner, Manish Sureshkumar, a wild card entrant found the going tough against Brydan Klein of Britain and went down in straight sets. In the doubles, Italian pair of Gianluca Mager and Andrea Pellegrino shocked the third-seeded Indian duo of Arjun Khade and Saketh Myneni in straight sets.

Results

Men’s singles: Main draw:

1st round: Luke Saville (Aus) beat Moez Echargui (Tunisia) 7-6 (9-7), 6-1; Brydan Klein (GBR) beat Manish Sureshkumar 6-2, 6-3; Alexander Zhurbin (Russia) beat Ricardo Ojeda Lara (Spain) 6-2, 6-4; Collin Altamirano (USA) beat Kaito Uesugi (Japan) 1-6, 6-3, 7-6(8); Ian Gakhov (Russia) beat Dayne Kelly (Aus) 7-6, 6-3.

Second round: Mohamed Safwat (Egypt-X3) beat Andrea Pellegrino (Italy) 6-3, 7-5; Sasikumar Mukund (X16) beat Sebastian Fanselow (Ger) 6-3, 6-1; Duckhee Lee (Kor-X8) beat Sumit Nagal 6-3, 6-4; Andrew Harris (Aus) beat Tsung-Hua Yang (Taipei) 6-2, 6-1; Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (Spain-X5) beat Renta Tokuda (Japan) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3; Nicola Kuhn (Spain-X10) beat Antoine Escoffier (Fra) 4-6, 7-6(5) 4-0 (retired).

Men’s doubles:

1st Round: Sidharth Rawat and Manish Sureshkumar beat Anirudh Chandrasekar and Abhinav Sanjeev Shanmugam 6-7(5), 6-2, 10-5; Gianluca Mager and Andrea Pellegrino (Italy) beat Arjun Kadhe and Saketh Myneni (X3) 7-6(4), 6-3; Matt Reid and Luke Saville (Aus-X1) beat Blake Ellis and Bradley Mousley (Aus) 7-6(4), 6-4. N Vijay Sundar Prashanth (Ind) and Rubin Statham (NZ) beat Byran Klein (GBR) and Toshihide Matsui (Japan) 6-4, 6-4; Nam Hoang Ly (Vietnam) and Sumit Nagal beat Ivan Nedelko and Alexander Zhurbin (Russia) 6-1, 6-2.

NT Bureau