Vishnu overcomes Vignesh

Top-seeded Vishnu Vardhan wriggled out from a tight corner as he beat P.C. Vignesh 6-2, 7-6(2) in the first round of the $10,000 ITF men’s Futures tennis tournament at the DLTA Complex here on Monday.

Vishnu served big and stroked with intensity to race away with the first set, with breaks in the second and eighth games. However, the 451st-ranked Vishnu was unable to sustain the momentum into the second set.

P.C. Vignesh, quite determined and stroking very well, was disappointed with a couple of unfavourable calls, but fought bravely. He won a break in the seventh game, and held serve after saving two breakpoints in the eighth to take a 5-3 lead.

Showing his class

It was here that the strongly-built Vishnu showed his class. Down 0-30 in the ninth game, when he was trying to stay in the set, Vishnu won four points in a row with good serves and crisp strokes.

Vignesh was unable to serve out the set in the tenth and, in fact, managed to win one point on his serve. The two played hard to force the tie-break.

Once again, Vishnu’s big game came to the fore as he raced to a 5-0 lead. Vignesh won two token points on his serve, but Vishnu came up with his first serves in the climax, to be home in an hour and 50 minutes.

The high humidity, after spells of rain in the morning, did trouble Vishnu but he retained his concentration to avoid the contest slipping into the third set.

Ashutosh prevails

In another match, former national champion Ashutosh Singh warded off a challenge from wild card Sriram Balaji in three sets.

Balaji had his chances in the first set when he led 5-3, but lost six games on the trot. However, he showed his fighting qualities by breaking back in the sixth game of the second set to be on par at 3-3. Balaji saved a breakpoint in the 11th game to lead 6-5 and broke Ashutosh in the 12th to force the decider.

In the third set, Ashutosh asserted himself with a better game, and the younger Balaji wilted under pressure.

The results:

Singles (first round): Vishnu Vardhan bt P.C. Vignesh 6-2, 7-6(2); Ashutosh Singh bt Sriram Balaji 7-5, 5-7, 6-2; Seong-Yoon Chung (Kor) bt Krishananth Balakrishnan (Aus) 7-5, 3-6, 6-0.

Qualifying event (second and final round): Chandril Sood bt Elwin Antony 3-6, 6-4, 6-0; Yannick Nelord bt Nihal Kapoor 6-7(6), 7-6(2), 7-5; Hyun-Soo Lim (Kor) bt Kaza Vinayak Sharma 6-4, 6-3; Mithun Murali bt Shantanu Rajput 6-1, 6-1; Sudanwa Sitaram bt Dong-Kyu Lee (Kor) 6-4, 6-4; Aditya Madkekar bt Akash Wagh 6-1, 6-1.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Ashutosh Singh & Vishnu Vardhan bt Peter Lucassen (Ned) & Yew-Ming Si (Mas) 6-3, 7-6(1); Vijayant Malik & Sriram Balaji bt Christopher Marquis & Abhijeet Tiwari 6-2, 6-3; Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan & Rupesh Roy bt Krishananth Balakrishnan (Aus) & Rohan Gide 6-3, 6-0; Mithun Murali & Vijay Sundar Prashanth bt Krishik Divakar & Sudanwa Sitaram 6-2, 6-4; Yong-Jun Kim & Hyun-So Lim (Kor) bt Tim Bradshaw & Max Jones (GBR) 7-6(2), 6-2; Chris Eaton & Sean Thornley (GBR) bt Mohit Mayur & Sai Kartik 6-3, 6-0; P.C. Vignesh & B. Vikram Reddy bt Seong-Yoon Chung & Seung-Jae Lee (Kor) 6-2, 6-3; Rohan Gajjar & Vivek Shokeen bt Kyle Brassington (GBR) & Yannick Nelord 7-6(4), 7-6(6).

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