Sipaeya lone bright spot on day one of New Delhi Challenger

August 4th, 2008 - 9:55 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 4 (IANS) Sunil Kumar Sipaeya kept the Indian challenge alive on the first day of the $50,000 New Delhi Challenger as Ashutosh Singh and Yuki Bhambri faltered in the first round at the DLTA courts here Monday. Wild card entrant Sipaeya was a set down against Italian Riccardo Ghedin but recovered in time to post a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over him. He will now play Japanese Toshihide Matsui, who upset fourth seed Slovak Ivo Klec 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-4.

Meanwhile the lone Indian qualifier in the tournament Yuki Bhambri gave a fight to sixth seed British Alexander Slabinski before going down 6-7, 5-7, 6-2.

Ashutosh Singh, who won the doubles along with Harsh Mankad in the second New Delhi Challenger in May, failed to go past Japanese Tatsuma Ito, losing 5-7, 4-6.

Second seed Prakash Amritraj will face Korean Jae Sung An Tuesday.

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