Seeded players had an easy day,while Andhra Pradesh lad Arvind Reddy earned the distinction of topping all qualifiers on day one of the boys singles main draw,in the Walchand Cup All-India Ranking Tournament at Deccan Gymkhana on Monday.
Barring fifth seed Ishaque Eqbal of West Bengal and Assams fourth seed Parikshit Somani,who lost over five games in their opening round encounters to Aditya Chaloo of Maharashtra and Manish S of Tamil Nadu,respectively,the rest of the fancied players did not break a sweat.
Eqbal ended up winning his opening encounter 6-2,6-4,while Somani downed Manish S 6-3,6-2 in interesting and hard-fought matches.
The toast of the day,however,was Arvind Reddy who remained the only qualifier left in the fray. Battling a hard three-setter,Reddy came out on top against Tamil Nadus Guhan Rajan 6-2,0-6,6-3. The match,incidentally,was the only encounter which required the third and deciding set to be played.
Maharashtas challenge after the opening day rests in the hands of Vatsal Gandhi,Nandish Vora,Aditya Iyer,Siddhant Banthia,Mihir Damle,Kunal Vazirani,Dhruv Sunish and Kyle Cummings.
Main Draw,Round 1 (Boys
singles): Sanil Jagtiani bt Sarthak Bansal 6-0,6-1; Adil Kalyanpur bt Harshwardhan Kotwal 6-2,6-3; Siddharth Gowda bt Neil Lapalkar 6-2,3-6,7-5; Vatsal Gandhi bt Arjun Karmarkar 6-0,6-2; Nandish Vora bt Anshumat Srivastava 6-0,6-0; Aditya Iyer bt Nikhil Deshmukh 6-2,6-4; Avilash Mishra bt Sudhansh Vudaru 6-1,6-1; Yugal Bansal bt Ankit Rao 6-1,6-2; Parikshit Somani bt Manish S 6-3,6-2; Siddhant Banthia bt Vatsin Thaker 6-2,6-4; Mihir Damle bt Sanket Awhale 7-6(1),6-3; Akash Nandwal bt Kunj Kotak 7-6 (7),6-0; Kunal Vazirani bt Fayyaz Quadri 7-5,6-0; Bharath Kumaran bt Aayush Prabhune 6-2,6-2; Paras Dahiya bt Nishant Kumar 6-1,6-3; 8-Anirudha PC bt Adith Chandavarkar 6-0,6-0; Amarnath Arora bt Piyush Salekar 6-4,6-1; Dhruv Sunish bt Vanshal DSouza 6-2,6-2; Q-Arvind Reddy bt Guhan Rajan 6-2,0-6,6-3; Mayukh Rawat bt Gunjan Jadhav 6-4,6-2; Pranash Babu bt Vikram Dhananjay 6-0,6-4; Shaik Osama bt Sahaj Somani 6-1,6-4; Arnav Bharadwaj bt Rohan Reddy 6-1,6-1; Shrey Gupta bt Durga Sankineni 6-2,6-0; Ishaque Eqbal bt Aditya Chaloo 6-2,6-4; Utkarsh Bhardwaj bt Rohith V 6-3,6-2; Kyle Cummings bt Ayan Kevadia 7-6 (6),6-2; Krishna Ankam bt Yavin Solomon 6-2,6-4; Utsav Patel bt Sanket Tambat 6-0,6-0.