The Hindu (Mumbai)

Manish stuns Sultanov; Karan overturns Mukund

- Sports Bureau

Manish Sureshkuma­r played gutsy and clawed back from the sight of defeat to knock out the second seed Khumoyun Sultanov of Uzbekistan 46, 75, 64 in the first round of the $25,000 ITF men’s tennis tournament at the DLTA Complex here on Tuesday.

Manish trailed 24 in the decider, but won the next four games, dropping a mere four points to close out the match.

The 877thranke­d Manish had 11 aces in the match and converted six of seven break points in beating the 329thranke­d Uzbek.

In another upset, Karan Singh beat fourth seed S. Mukund 76(4), 61.

Quite charged up to show his firepower, Karan fired nine aces and converted three of four break points.

After failing to serve out the first set in the tenth game, Karan did well to win six points on the trot in the eventual tie break from 14. He broke Mukund’s serve in the fourth and sixth games of the second set to race past him.

The results: Singles (first round): Evgeny Donskoy bt Shivank Bhatnagar 6-2, 6-0; Karan Singh bt S Mukund 7-6(4), 6-1; Manish Sureshkuma­r bt Khumoyun Sultanov (Uzb) 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Doubles (pre-quarterfin­als): Chirag Duhan & Yuichiro Inui

(Jpn) bt Oges Theyjo & Suraj Prabodh 6-4, 6-7(5), [10-2]; Kazuma Kawachi (Jpn) & Woobin Shin (Kor) bt Raghav Jaisinghan­i & Aditya Balsekar 6-2, 6-0.

Nitin Kumar Sinha & Siddharth Vishwakarm­a bt Parth Aggarwal & Yunseok Jang (Kor) 6-2, 6-3. Kabir Hans & Faisal Qamar bt Thanapet Chanta (Tha) & Rishi Reddy 7-6(9), 6-3.

Wishaya Trongcharo­enchaikul (Tha) & Bang Shuo Yin (Tpe) bt Udit Kamboj & Maan Kesharwani 6-1, 7-5.


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