Myneni packs off Murugesan in ITF meet

June 5th, 2012 - 8:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Mysore, June 5 (IANS) Unseeded Saket Myneni extended his sway over Ranjeet Virali Murugesan by defeating the sixth seed 6-3, 6-4 in 68 minutes and moved into the second round of the Zuari Garden City Mysore ITF Open Men’s Futures tennis tournament here Tuesday.

Myneni had defeated Murugesan in the semi-finals en route to winning the ITF Mandya Open last week. The Andhra lad played aggressive game picking winners on both flanks and came up with blistering first serve to send down six aces.

Murugesan though came up with some splendid returns but was not as consistent enough and made errors on big points.

In the first set, Saket broke Murugesan in the eighth game for a 5-3 lead and then blasted three aces in the ninth to wrap up the set 6-3.

In the second set, both traded breaks early on before Myneni made a crucial break in the fifth and held on to the advantage to close the match.

Top seed Ti Chen from Chinese Taipei had no difficulty in disposing wild card Shahbaaz Khan 6-2, 6-2 in just one hour while third seeded Vijayant Malik, runner up at the ITF Mandya Open, subdued Frenchman Sebastien Boltz 6-3, 6-2.

The results (Indians unless mentioned, prefix denotes seeding):

Singles (first round): 4-Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan bt Venkat Iyer 6-0, 6-2; Zach Itzstein (AUS) bt Sagar Manjanna 6-3, 6-3; Gavin Van Peperzeel (AUS) bt Kaza Vinayak Sharma 6-1, 6-2; Saketh Myneni bt 6-Ranjeet Virali Murugesan 6-3, 6-4; 8-Kittiphong Wachiramanowong (THA) bt Ashwin Vijayragavan 6-3, 6-3; Neeraj Elangovan bt Viju George Jr (USA) 6-4, 6-1; Vinod Gowda bt Suraj R Prabodh 6-2, 6-2; 1-Ti Chen (TPE) bt Shahbaaz Khan 6-2, 6-2; Ajai Selvaraj bt Saurabh Singh 6-1, 7-6 (3); 3-Vijayant Malik bt Sebastein Boltz (FRA) 6-3, 6-2; 5-Karan Rastogi bt Warit Sornbutnark (THA) 6-4, 6-4; Bowen Ouyang (CHN) bt Scott Puodziunas (AUS) 6-3, 7-6(3).

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