Local players Jayesh Pungaliya and Siddanth Banthia made full use of their wildcards to enter the second qualifying round at the MSLTA ATP Challenger here today. 17-year-old Banthia, who missed on the junior season to make his senior debut, outplayed Siddharth Vishwakarma 7-6, 6 -1 while Pungliya, who has been performing consistently at the ITF events got the better of Dhakshineswar Suresh 4-6, 6- 4, 6-3. Fifth seeded Siddharth Rawat stopped a fighting Dhruv Sunish 6-4, 7-6 (1) while seventh seeded N Vijay Sundar Prashanth rallied past Anvit Bendre 6-4, 6-2. Chandril and Lakshit Sood, Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan were the other Indians to enter the second round.
In the only upset of the day, Timur Khabibulin of Kazakhstan upset sixth seeded Naoki Nakagawa of Japan 2-6, 7-6, 6-4. Results: First Qualifying Round: Hugo Grenier (4)(FRA) bt Alexey Kedryuk (KAZ) 6-1, 6-1; Sidharth Rawat (5)(IND) bt [ WC] Dhruv Sunish (IND) 6-4, 7-6; N Vijay Sundar Prashanth(7) (IND) bt Anvit Bendre (IND) 6-4, 6-2; Timur Khabibulin (KAZ) bt Naoki Nakagawa (6)(JPN) 2-6, 7-6, 6-4; Alexei Popyrin (8) (AUS) bt Vinayak Sharma Kaza (IND) 6-3, 7-5; Chandril Sood (IND) bt Milan Radojkovic (SRB) 6-1, 7-5; Ranjeet Virali- Murugesan (IND) bt [WC] Armaan Bhatia (IND) 6-0, 6-3; Borna Gojo (CRO) bt Ivan Sabanov (CRO) 6-3, 6-3; [WC] Siddanth Banthia (IND) bt Siddharth Vishwakarma (IND) 7-6, 6-1 [WC] Jayesh Pungliya (IND) bt [WC] Dhakshineswar Suresh (IND) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3; Lakshit Sood (IND) bt [WC] Prasana Bagade (IND) 6-1, 6-1; Matej Sabanov (CRO) bt Suraj R Prabodh (IND) 7-5, 2-6, 6-4; Shalva Dzhanashia (RUS)- Abhinav Sanjeev Shanmugam (IND) 6-2, 6-4.
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