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Vishnu Vardhan, Rawat post wins in ATP Challenger

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Five Indian players, including Olympian today made it to the final qualifying round of the Chennai Open ATP Challenger tournament here.

The fourth-seeded Vishnu Vardhan, ranked 512 currently, made short work of compatriot Ramakrishnan Rangaraju 6-3, 6-0.

He will meet fifth-seed Sidharth Rawat for a spot in the main draw. Rawat routed fellow Indian Shahbaaz Khan conceding only three games.

Little-known local lad Abhinav sprung a surprise, beating American first and then getting the better of eighth-seeded 7-6, 4-1 (retired).

Shanmugam will meet of for a place in the main draw.

Top seed in the qualifying Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul of Thailand, got past 6-2, 6-4.

Haadin Salim Bava, the seventh-seed, ousted national champion Dalwinder Singh 6-0, 7-6(5).

Yuki Bhambri, who will be the second-seed in the main draw, and other Indians including Sumit Nagal, Prajnesh Guneswaran, and Sasikumar Mukund, had an intense practice session.

Results - Qualifying Singles (First Round) (Indians unless specified): Suraj Prabodh bt Anurag Nenwani 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-4; Abhinav Shanmugam bt (USA) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4; (SUI) bt Jayesh Pungliya 6-2, 6-4; bt V M Sandeep 6-4, 6-0.

Second Round: Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul (THA-X1) bt 6-2, 6-4; (SRB-X2) bt Suraj Prabodh 6-3, 7-5; (SUI) bt (USA-X3) 0-1 (retired); bt Ramakrishnan Rangaraju 6-3, 6-0.

(X5) bt Shahbaaz Khan 6-1, 6-2; Arjun Kadhe (X6) bt 6-3, 6-1; Haadin (X7) bt Dalwinder Singh 6-0, 7-6(5); Abhinav Shanmugam bt Aryan Goveas (X8) 7-6(4), 4-1 (retired).

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 20:50 IST