Goveas and Manish crash out

Dominating: Brayden Schnur revealed his skill and power to fire aces and effect good return of serves against Aryan Goveas.

Dominating: Brayden Schnur revealed his skill and power to fire aces and effect good return of serves against Aryan Goveas.  


Both find their opponents tough nuts to crack

India’s two wild card recipients — Aryan Goveas and Manish Sureshkumar — found out that superior and ranked opponents are hard nuts to crack on the opening day of the $50,000 KPIT-MSLTA Challenger tennis tournament here on Monday.

Just 20, the tall and strapping Goveas was ready for a combat against Canadian Brayden Schnur.

Even as unfolding events at the Centre Court threw up a grim chance of his survival, Goveas pounded three aces in the penultimate game of the second set, but eventually capitulated 3-6, 4-6 to a player ranked 564 places above him.

After Goveas’s exit, Sweden’s No. 1 hotshot Elias Ymer, who served well and deployed his repertoire of strokes, especially in the second set, put it across Manish Sureshkumar 6-4, 6-1.

It was hot and humid and things looked promising when Goveas broke the Canadian’s opening game, but in matter of time he dropped his first service game to neutralise the advantage.

As the set progressed, it became evident that Schnur was a high-quality player, revealing his skill and power to fire aces, effect good return of serves, and generally keen to take the dominant position.

Schnur — who lost in straight sets to Prajnesh Gunneswaran in the semifinals of the Bangalore Open — benefited from a double fault by Goveas in the eighth game and held serve without much fuss to win the first set.

Aggressive vein

The Indian did not waste time to win the opening game of the second set, sending down two aces, but Schnur proceeded in an aggressive vein and was in full control of the match.

“I played some loose shots in the second game after breaking him in the opening game of the first set. After the Bangalore Open, I played better here, but I gave points on unforced errors,” said Goveas.

First round results (Indians unless specified):

Brayden Schnur (Can) bt Aryan Goveas 6-3, 6-4; Elias Ymer (Swe) bt Manish Sureshkumar 6-4, 6-1; Danier Masur (Ger) bt Jelle Sels (Ned) 6-4, 6-4; Nicola Kuhn (Esp) bt Andrej Martin (Svk) 6-2, 6-3; Jay Clarke (G.Br.) bt Cem Ilkel (Tur) 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-2; Max Purcell (Aus) bt James Ward (G.Br.) 6-4, 6-4.

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