Vastavam web: Saketh Myneni won his third match on the trot after returning to competitive circuit following a six-month injury-induced break as he advanced to the second round of President’s Cup while Yuki Bhambri also made a winning start at the Gatineau Challenger in Canada. Myneni, who won two matches in the Qualifiers, pipped local wild card Grigoriy Lomakin 6-3 7-6(4) in the opening round of the USD 125,000 hard court event in Astana, Kazakhstan. Myneni missed half the season due a shoulder issue and it is his first tournament since Australian Open.
He had pulled out of India’s Davis Cup tie against New Zealand in Pune in February.”I am happy to be back and playing pain free. It feels like you are out of circuit forever. It is not easy to get back the sharpness you want but you gradually grow in confidence and that helps picking up your game. It will happen sooner than later,” Myneni told.Meanwhile, Bhambri outplayed Japanese Tatsuma Ito 6-3 6-2 in the opening round of the USD 75,000 Challenger event in Canada. He next faces third seed Slovakian Blaz Kavcic. However, Ramkumar Ramanathan fell in the opening round of the ATP 250 event in Newport following three-set defeat against American wild card Christopher Eubanks.