CHANDIGARH: Vivek Shokeen announced his return to the circuit with a hard-fought 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-3 win over the seventh-seeded Syrym Abdukhalikov of Kazakhstan in the first round of the $15,000 ITF men’s Futures tennis tournament here on Tuesday.

Vivek had been grappling with a wrist injury and this is his first match since last April when he made the quarterfinals of a similar tournament. In another lively match Rohan Gajjar showed the door to the eighth-seeded Sheeva Prabhu of USA 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5) to set up a pre-quarterfinal clash against P.C. Vignesh.

The results: Singles (first round): Benjamin Balleret (Mon) bt Aditya Madkekar 6-4, 6-2; Barry King (Irl) bt Alexei Filenkov (Rus) 7-5, 6-1; Punna Vishal bt Niall Angus (GBR) 6-1, 6-0; Yong-Kyu Lim (Kor) bt Vaja Uzakov (Uzb) 6-3, 6-2; Hsin-Han Lee (Tpe) bt Vikram Reddy 6-1, 6-2; P.C. Vignesh bt Kamala Kannan 6-2, 6-4; Rohan Gajjar bt Sheeva Prabhu (USA) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5); Peter Steinberger (Ger) bt Akash Wagh 6-2, 3-6, 6-1; Vivek Shokeen bt Syrym Abdukhalikov (Kaz) 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-3; Vijay Kannan bt Abhijeet Tiwari 6-4, 6-3; Adam Kellner (Hun) bt N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-3.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Purav Raja & Ashutosh Singh bt Mario Eckardt & Patrick Taubert (Ger) 6-1, 7-5; Mithun Murali & N. Vijay Sundar Prashanth bt Syrym Abdukhalikov (Kaz) & Vaja Uzakov (Uzb) 7-6(4), 3-6, 10-7; Alexei Filenkov (Rus) & Peter Steinberger (Ger) bt Vijayant Malik & Ronak Manuja 6-2, 0-6, 10-3.

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