Seventh seed V.M. Ranjeet had an easy 6-3, 6-0 win over Niki Poonacha in the pre-quarterfinals of the TVS-ITF men’s Futures tennis tournament at the YMCA Sports and Games Centre here on Wednesday.
The first set went with serve despite unforced errors from both players. Ranjeet’s experience came to the fore in the eighth game, when he cashed in on two double faults from Poonacha to take a 5-3 lead. Ranjeet then closed out the set with two aces.
The second set saw a listless performance by Poonacha. Ranjeet broke him in the very first game when Poonacha’s backhand volley found the net. Ranjeet never looked back and blanked his rival who committed a series of unforced errors.Dream run
Another Indian, Kaza Vinayak Sharma continued his dream run in the tournament. After stunning sixth seed Andre Gasper Murta from Portugal in straight sets in the first round, he beat Sergey Shipilov of Uzbekistan 6-2, 6-2 in the second round.
In the doubles quarterfinals, Ranjeet combined with N. Sriram Balaji to thrash Jatin Dahiya and Arpit Sharma 6-0, 6-0.
Singles: Second round: Mathias Bourgue (Fra) bt Akash Wagh 6-1, 7-5; Pol Toledo Bague (Esp) bt N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth 6-4, 6-0; Enrique Lopez-Perez (Esp) bt P. Vignesh 7-5, 6-2; Lucas Renard (Swe) bt Jannis Liniger (Sui) 6-2, 6-4; Giorgio Portaluri (Ita) bt Ronit Singh Bisht 6-0, 2-0 (retd.); N. Sriram Balaji bt Chandril Sood 6-3, 6-2.
Doubles: Quarterfinals: Ramkumar Ramanathan & A. Rajagopalan bt Kaza Vinayak Sharma & P. Vignesh 7-6(3), 6-7(8), 10-6; Giorgio Portaluri (Ita) & Lucas Renard (Swe) bt Elwin Antony & Sasikumar Mukund 7-5, 4-6, 10-5; Sergio Martes Gomes (Esp) & Pol Toledo Bague (Esp) bt Vivek Shokeen & Aaditya Tiwari 6-2, 6-4.