Prakash in second round of New Delhi Challenger

August 5th, 2008 - 10:17 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 5 (IANS) Prakash Amritraj battled past Korean Jae Sung An to move into the second round of $50,000 New Delhi Challenger on a rain-hit day at DLTA complex here Tuesday. Second-seeded Prakash met a stiff resistance from An before winning 7-6 6-4.

Prakash, who made early exits in the previous two Challengers in May here, next faces Japanese Gouichi Motomura, who beat Dekel Valtzer of Israel 7-6(3), 6-3 in the first round.

In doubles, wild card Indian Yuki Bhambri and Jeevan Neduncherhiyan won a hard fought opening encounter against Mohammed Ghareeb of Kuwait and Japanese Gouichi Motomura, defeating them 7-6(4), 4-6, 12-10 to reach the quarterfinal.

The Indian pair meet fourth-seeded compatriots Purav Raja and Rohan Gajjar who beat Italian-Japanese combine Riccardo Ghedin and Toshihide Matsui 6-4, 6-4.

The wild card pair of Vijay Sundar Prashanth and Ranjeet Virali Murugesan were defeated by second seed David Sabic of Serbia and Dekel Valtzer 7-6(7), 6-2.

Ashutosh Singh and Sunil Kumar Sipaeya beat Korean Jae Sung An and Japanese Tatsuma Ito 6-4, 6-2. Wild card Divij Sharan and Vishnu Vardhan got the better of third-seeded Australian pair Matthew Ebden and Brydan Klean 6-3, 6-2.

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