Manish , Anniruddha , Chandril  , Goveas  in second round at  KPIT MSLTA  Challenger

Manish , Anniruddha , Chandril  , Goveas  in second round at  KPIT MSLTA  Challenger


Pune , November 11 :  India’s Manish Sureshkumar , Anniruddha Chandrashekar , Chandril Sood   and Aryan Goveas were amongst 4 out of 9 Indians who made it  to the second round  in the singles on the opening day  at the    KPIT MSLTA  Challenger a Challenger 80 series event which whill get under way at the MSLTA School of tennis courts at the Mhalunge Balewadi Sports Complex

In  matches with Indian players in action Manish  Sureshkumar outwitted wildcard Anvit  Bendre 6-2,6-0 , while another upcoming player Annirudha. Chandrasekar  came back from loss of the first set to get the better of Kazakhstan’s  Timur Khabibulin   4-6,6-4,6-3 in a 1 hour 36 minute match which saw 23 Aces from both players . In a one sided encounter Chandril Sood  rallied past wildcard entrant  Dhruv Mulye  of  USA 6-1,6-3 in just over an hour.


In the best match of the day Maharashtra  boy and  Wildcard  Aryan Goveas  ranked 867 justified the faith of the organisors  scoring a 6-4,7-6(4)   win against 480th ranked German Tobias Simon in 1 hour 19 minute match, Goveas scored his first win in three attempts as a wildcard in the event,


“ I’m thrilled and really played well , this win will do me a lot of good “, said Goveas who earned 3 ATP points today for the win , Goveas served 11 aces to the German’s15 in a fast paced match played on the center court . Goveas managed to stave off 2 breakpoints in the 7th game of the second set .


In another interesting match Yusuke. Takahashi of Japan ranked 453 was given a run for the money by  former National Champion  Siddarth Vishwakarma ranked 1700  in the world before  winning 6-0,3-6,6-3 in 1 hour 38 minute match
Ukrainian Danylo. Kalenichenko  came through a close first set to win  7-6(3),6-3 against reigining National Champion  Niki. Kaliyanda Poonacha  , in another first round match  Roman Blokhin of Russia ended the challenge of  Lakshit  Sood (IND)  6-4,6-2


 Pune Boy  and wildcard Tejas Chaukulkar ensured one of the two spots in the main draw , as he trounced top seeded Yash Chaurasia 6-3,6-4 , in the second qualifying match   Dalwinder Singh  registered an easy win over practice partner   Suraj. Prabodh  wiining 6-4,6-3 , with two Indian qualifiers making it and Kaza Vinayak Sharma making it to the main draw as the alternate player Total number of Indians in the main draw reached 22 , the highest ever in the History of Challenger events .

Following are the results of $54,160 KPIT – MSLTA CHALLENGER – PUNE, INDIA

Main Draw ( First Round)


Roman Blokhin (RUS) bt  [WC] Lakshit. Sood (IND)  6-4,6-2

Calvin Hemery (FRA)  bt . BogdanBobrov (RUS)  6-1,6-4
Manish  Sureshkumar (IND) bt  [WC] Anvit  Bendre (IND) 6-2,6-0
Danylo. Kalenichenko (UKR) bt Niki. Kaliyanda Poonacha (IND)  7-6(3),6-3
[WC] Aryan. Goveas (IND) bt Tobias Simon (GER)  6-4.7-6(4)
Annirudha. Chandrasekar (IND) bt Timur Khabibulin (KAZ) 4-6,6-4,6-3
  Toshide. Matsui (JPN) bt Ben. Patael (ISR)  4-6,6-3,6-4

Yusuke. Takahashi (JPN) bt Siddarth. Vishwakarma (IND) 6-0,3-6,6-3
Chandril. Sood (IND)  [WC]  bt Dhruv. Mulye (USA)  6-1,6-3

Qualifying –

 [WC] Tejas. Chaukulkar (IND) bt  [1] Yash  Chaurasia (IND) 6-3,6-4
  Dalwinder Singh (IND) bt  Suraj. Prabodh (IND) 6-4,6-3 


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