Vastavam web: India’s top men singles player Yuki Bhambri continued his fine show and defeated compatriot Sriram N Balaji in straight sets to make an emphatic start to his campaign at USD 100,000 Bengaluru Open, here today.Yuki, who had won the Pune Challenger last week, lived upto his third seed billing and defeated Balaji 6-3 6-2 in the relatively easy first round encounter.Yuki is currently ranked 122nd in the world after he had registered a win over Frenchman Gael Monfils and pushed Denis Shapovalov and Kevin Anderson to deciding sets in the Davis Cup and Citi Open respectively. He was ranked 474th at the start of the year.
But in a major setback for Indian fans, leading contender Saketh Myneni had to withdraw from the tournament owing to a nagging right shoulder injury. He has been replaced by lucky loser Antoine Escoffier.Coming into the tournament after facing an early exit at KPIT Challenger in Pune, Vishnu lost 3-6 3-6 against Spain’s Mario Vilella Martinez while Suraj was shown the door by fourth seed Elias Ymer of Sweden 4-6 6-7 in the first round of the ATP Challenger Tour event.Suraj, who played the Australian Open Juniors, was the runner-up in the recently-held National Championship.
Meanwhile, top seed Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Tomislav Brkic in a tough three- setter to enter the second round.In another first round match, Croatian Borna Gojo, who entered the main draw as a qualifier, stunned second seed Adrian Menendez-Maceiras of Spain 6-3 1-6 7-5.