CHANDIGARH: Rupesh Roy overcame an indifferent start to record a 7-5, 6-2 victory against Yuki Bhambri in the first round of the Sunny Enclave ITF junior grade III tennis tournament at the CLTA Complex here on Monday.
On a day when a sharp winter shower caused a three-hour interruption and threw the programme out of gear, Rupesh recovered from being down 1-5 to overpower the talented Yuki.
A smart player who has been training in Boston for nearly a year, Rupesh initially had trouble adjusting to the windy conditions.
In contrast, Yuki played a nice game initially but got disheartened as the match wore on and failed to move as briskly as he can.
In the girls' section, Bhavani Tirumurti outplayed the big-serving Thai girl Ratchaya Chaichanachai 6-3, 6-0. She will run into Nadin Faoum of Israel who dismissed the fifth-seeded Elizaveta Titova of Russia.
Yi Zhong of China played a fluent all-round game to beat the seventh-seeded Tejaswini Datla 6-0, 7-5.
The results (first round): Boys: Rupesh Roy bt Yuki Bhambri 7-5, 6-2; Roman Petronin (Rus) bt Mark Fridaev (Isr) 7-6(1), 7-6(5).
Navinder Pal Singh bt Priyank Gangadharan 3-6, 6-3, 6-2; Chen-Yu Wu (Chn) bt Min-Wo Shin (Kor) 6-3, 6-1; Akshay Bajoria bt Seul-Ki Um (Kor) 6-7 (2), 7-5, 6-1.
Arnav Jain bt Ashwin Vijayaraghavan 7-5, 6-4; Siddharth Alapati bt Shiva Sangwan 6-0, 6-2; Long Yin Xiao (Chn) bt Agnel Gladwin Peter 4-6, 6-3, 6-3; Kinshuk Sharma bt Rubal Shandilya 7-5, 5-7, 6-3.
Tomer Hodorov (Isr) bt Neil Rajpal (Can) 6-2, 6-1; Antonio Comporto (Ita) bt Jie Li (Chn) 6-4, 6-2; Ivan Anikanov (Ukr) bt Gursher Harika 6-0, 6-0; Tejasvi Rao bt Vijayant Malik 7-6(4), 6-4.
Chuan Jiang (Chn) bt Hong-Bo Deng (Chn) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3; Dong-Lu Shao (Chn) bt Jeong-Han Seo (Kor) 6-2, 6-4; Sumit Prakash Gupta bt Kaushik Raju 6-2, 6-2.
Girls: Ksenia Palkina (Kgz) bt Eylul Benli (Tur) 7-6(7), 6-4; Chang Liu (Chn) bt Noor Paul 6-0, 6-1; Wen-Bo Wang (Chn) bt Parija Maloo 6-2, 6-4.
Yi-Miao Zhou (Chn) bt G.K. Shweta 6-0, 6-4; Bhavani Tirumurti bt Ratchaya Chaichanachai (Tha) 6-3, 6-0; Nadine Fahoum (Isr) bt Elizavea Titova (Rus) 6-2, 6-4.
Yi Zhong (Chn) bt Tejaswini Datla 6-0, 7-5; Sanaa Bhambri bt Ashmitha Easwaramurthi 6-3, 6-3; Jung-Yoon Shin (Kor) bt Vishakha Sheoran 6-3, 6-1.