Nitin, Sriram score upset wins to advance to 2nd round of qualifying

Bengaluru, Feb 13: Nitin Kumar Sinha and N Sriram Balaji recorded upset victories to march into the final round of qualifying in the Bengaluru Open 2 ATP Challenger that got underway at the KSLTA Stadium here on Sunday.

After a first set 3-6 loss, the 22-year-old Nitin was down one match point in the second set tie-breaker against his fancied rival and ninth seed Kai Wehnelt of Germany. The Indian gave whatever he had and won the tie-breaker 11-9 which gave him the momentum as he clinched the decider 6-3.

In another super show, Sriram after losing the first set 4-6, against fifth seed Brazilian Gabriel Decamps (quarterfinalist at Bengaluru Open 1), came back strongly to win the next two sets 6-1, 6-4 to advance to the next round.

Results Qualifying Round-1

1-Mukund Sasikumar (IND) bt Abhinav Shanmugam (IND) 6-2, 6-3; Manish Sureshkumar (IND) bt Rishi Reddy (IND) 6-1, 6-0; 2-Andrew Harris (AUS) bt SD Prajwal Dev (IND) 6-2 7-6 (4); WC-Digvijaypratap Singh (IND) bt 10-Thomas Fancutt (AUS) 4-6, 7-5, 6-2; 3-Rio Noguchi (JPN) bt WC- Suraj Prabodh (IND) 6-1, 7-6 (2); Nitin Kumar Sinha bt 9-Kai Wehnelt (GER) 3-6,7-7 (9), 6-3; 4-Bogdan Bobrov (RUS) bt Toshihide Matsui (JPN) 5-0 (retd); Dominik Palan (CZE) bt Alt-Alexander Erler (AUT) 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-3; N Sriram Balaji (IND) bt 5-Gabriel Decamps (BRA) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4; Markos Kalovelonis (GRE) bt Jaraslov Pospisil (CZE) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; 6-V Vladyslav Orlov (UKR) bt  WC-Dheeraj Kodancha Srinivasan 6-0, 6-1; 7-Antoine Bellier (SUI) bt WC-Karan Singh (IND) 7-5, 6-3.

Rishab is a tennis/table tennis player

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