Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan opened his campaign with a 6-2, 6-2 win over former National champion Vijay Kannan in the men’s first round of the Fenesta National tennis championship at the DLTA Complex here on Monday.
The talented left-hander from Chennai was teased to some extent by the crafty and rhythmic strokes of Vijay, who looked to sport the same physical presence he had 11 years ago when he beat Rohan Bopanna in the final here. In fact, Vijay had won a double crown in the National championship then.
This time though, Vijay lacked the physical energy to back up his tennis acumen and had to settle for some rousing winners, before making a meek surrender.
Jeevan served well as the match progressed and stroked nicely, getting into rhythm for the matches ahead.
In fact, it was like a training drill for him most of the time, as he willingly ran from corner to corner.
In other matches in the men’s section, Tejas Chaukalkar knocked out seventh-seeded Abhijeet Tiwari, while Mohit Mayur fought his way past eighth seed Chandril Sood in a tricky second set.
In the women’s section, former champion Sonal Phadke not only made the draw as a lucky loser, but also got past wild card Anushka Bhargawa who retired midway through the third set.
Sonal may fancy her chances in the next round against fifth seed Eetee Maheta.
The results (first round):
Men: Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan bt Vijay Kannan 6-2, 6-2; Tejas Chaukalkar bt Abhijeet Tiwari 6-3, 6-3; Mohit Mayur bt Chandril Sood 6-2, 7-5; V.M. Ranjeet bt Rajat Maheswari 6-0, retd.
Women: Megha Sehrawat bt Disha Saigal 6-3, 6-2; Vaniya Dangwal bt Niku Amin 6-2, 6-2; Natasha Palha bt Amrita Mukerjee 6-1, 6-3; Damini Sharma bt Manya Nagpal 7-5, 4-6, 6-2; Sonal Phadke bt Anushka Bhargawa 1-6, 6-4, 3-2 retd); Eetee Maheta bt Natalia Khaneijo 6-1, 6-0; Sri Vaishnavi Peddi Reddy bt Nehel Sahni 6-1, 6-3; Shweta Rana bt Shreya Pasricha 6-4, 6-4; Tarrannum Handa bt Abhilasha Ahuja 6-2, 6-0.
U-18 boys: Rishab Aggarwal bt Dhruv Goyal 6-4, 6-2; Deepak Vishwakarma bt Ishaan Saigal 6-1, 6-2; Aditya Gokhale bt B.S. Rahul 6-1, 6-2; Gokul Suresh bt T.S. Jude Raymond 3-6, 6-1, 6-4; Yash Deshpande bt Dheeranshu Bhatti 6-3, 6-1; Akhil Reddy bt Nazim Dawla 6-0, 6-2; Vishu Prasad bt Manav Kumar Chakma 6-4, 6-4; Sai Nikhil bt Rishab Dev 7-6(5), 2-6, 7-6(8); Suraj Prabodh bt Dalwinder Singh 5-7, 6-1, 6-3; Fatehdeep Singh bt Tushar Mandlekar 6-0, 6-1; Neeraj Elangovan bt Rahul Robinson 6-2 6-0; Anvit Bendre bt Mohit Jain 6-2, 6-0; Rakshit Rishi bt Ronit Bisht 4-6, 7-6(6), 1-0 retd; Rahul Singh bt Shrey Gupta 6-0, 6-1; Sai Saran Reddy bt Rohan Punj 6-2, 6-3.
A.K. Partha Saradhi 6-0, 6-1; Rithvik Anand bt Gagan Sharma 6-1, 6-7(6), 6-2; Neeraj Choudhary bt Hardeep Singh Sandhu 6-3, 6-2; Sachin Kumar bt Alex Solanki 4-6, 6-4, 6-3; Dhruv Pal bt Niki Poonacha 6-4, 6-3; Nischay Rawal bt Shashank Nautiyal 6-4, 6-2; Keneizotuo Whourie bt Garry Tokas 6-1, 5-7, 6-3; Minki Talom bt Raswant Ravi 7-5, 7-5; Karan Salwan bt Tejas Kapoor 6-1, 6-0; Vilasier Khate bt Shailendar Boniface 6-0, 6-1; Lavish Nehra bt Vijyansh Sachdeva 7-5, 6-1; Indra Patwardhan bt Aditya Deswal 7-5, 7-5; Ranjeet Singh bt Jajbir Singh Saran 6-3, 6-3; Abhinanshu Borthakur bt Parth Aggarwal 2-6, 6-1, 6-0; B.R. Nikshep bt Sujiv Chopra 6-1, 6-0; Vasudev Vijayaraman bt I.B. Akshay 6-2, 7-6(3); Shaikh Abdullah bt Chinmay Handa 7-5, 6-0.
U-18 girls: Thanushree Palani bt Avika Sagwal 6-2 retd; Isha Budwal bt Anjali Thakur 6-4, 6-4; B. Moulika Ram bt Abi Diana 7-5, 6-2; Sueera Kamil bt Nikita Bishnoi 5-7, 7-5, 6-4; Bindiya Khanwani bt Sakshi Singh 6-0, 6-0; Ramya Natarajan bt Parinita Arya 6-2, 6-1; Kanishka Chawla bt Jahnavi Gupta 6-2, 6-4; Eeshita Pande bt Aasta Babasaheb 6-4, 6-1; Zeel Desai bt A. Shameema 6-3, 6-0; Pranjala Yadlapalli bt R. Sai Avantika 6-0, 6-1; Himani Mor bt Apekshita Alkesh 6-2, 6-1.