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  • It was the second successive win for Jeevan over Navdeep in men's circuit
  • Vishnu Vardhan was impressive in his victory

    NEW DELHI: Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan played a sharp game to outplay third seed Navdeep Singh 6-1, 6-4 in the first round of the ITF Satellite tennis circuit first leg at the DLTA Complex here on Tuesday.

    Serving well and stroking with confidence, the 17-year-old Chennai left-hander, who trains at the TTT Warrior Academy, proved too quick for an erratic Navdeep.

    It was the second successive win for Jeevan against Navdeep in the men's circuit, a clear reversal of fortunes after Jeevan had lost to him twice on the ITF junior circuit. Incidentally, it was Jeevan's first match on the men's circuit after the qualifying event at the ATP Chennai Open in January, as he has been focusing on the junior circuit. Watching the proceedings, former Davis Cup coach, Akhtar Ali, was pleased with Jeevan's attacking style of play even as he was disappointed with the lack of punch in Navdeep's game.

    Sriram advances

    There was another player who drew everyone's attention and it was the 16-year-old Sriram Balaji.

    In fact, coaches Hiten Joshi and Gajendra Singh, along with Ali, cheered the lanky lad from Tamil Nadu as he defeated lucky-loser Tzu-Yang Lin of Chinese Taipei 6-0, 7-5.

    Top-seeded Vivek Shokeen looked to have a match on hand against the big serving Nima Roshan of the U.S., but it was not to be as the American was unable to walk after the first few points owing to ill-health and retired after losing seven games in a row.

    Vishnu Vardhan heaved a sigh of relief as he won his first singles match in six weeks of international competition. He put up an impressive display to down lucky-loser Yu-Da Shieh of Chinese Taipei 6-1, 6-2.

    The results: singles (first round): Vivek Shokeen bt Nima Roshan (U.S.A.) 6-0, 1-0 (retired); Vishnu Vardhan bt Yu-Da Shieh (Tpe) 6-1, 6-2; Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan bt Navdeep Singh 6-1, 6-4; Kamala Kannan bt Kiran Nandakumar 5-7, 6-2, 6-4; Aqeel Khan bt Mustafa Ghouse 6-3, 6-4; Sriram Balaji bt Tzu Yang Lin (Tpe) 6-0, 7-5; Patrick Eichenberger (Sui) bt Jalil Khan (Pak) 7-6(5), 6-2; Stephen Amritraj (U.S.A.) bt Yannick Nelord 6-4, 6-4; Yuri Bezeruk (Aus) bt Purav Raja 6-1, 7-5; Vijay Kannan bt Nitin Kirtane 6-2, 3-6, 6-3; Punna Vishal bt Chin-Yu Huang (Tpe) 6-3, 7-5.

    Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Jaco Mathew/Vijay Sundar Prashanth bt Mithun Murali/V.M. Ranjeet 6-4, 6-2; Mustafa Ghouse/Pathanjali Ravishankar bt Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan/Vivek Shokeen 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(5).

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