Sanam progresses with easy victory
Second seeed Sanam, who won the titles in Davangere and Dharwad, took just 67 minutes to reach the second round where he will meet Portuguese Andre Gasper Murta.
Joining him in the second round with an equally convincing victory was the top seed Sriram Balaji. Balaji got the better of Ajai Selvaraj 6-2, 6-3 in a match that saw some long rallies.
Balaji next faces Mohit Mayur, a 7-5, 6-3 winner over experienced Vivek Shokeen.
The seeded players too sailed into the second round with ease. Third seed Theodoros Angelinos of Greece was too strong for Vignesh Pernamallur, scoring a 6-3, 6-1 win.
The Dharwad finalist young Ramkumar Ramanthan disposed off the Dutch Rutger Cramer 6-1, 6-2.
Results (first round, Indians unless specified, prefix denotes seeding): Abhijeet Tiwari bt Neeraj Elangovan 4-6, 6-2, 6-3; Ramkumar Ramanathan bt Rutger Cramer (Ned) 6-1, 6-2; 8-Jeroen Benard (Ned) bt Amrit Narasimhan (US) 6-3, 6-4; 1-Sriram Balaji bt Ajai Slevaraj 6-2, 6-3; Mohit Mayur bt Vivek Shokeen 7-5, 6-3; 3-Theodoros Anjelinos (Gre) bt Vignesh Peranamllur 6-3, 6-1; Jatin Dahiya bt Rupesh Roy 6-3, 6-0; 2-Sanam Singh bt Ronak Manuja 6-4, 6-1; Rohan Gide bt Kunal Anand 7-6 (10-8), 6-2.
Doubles: 1-Vijay Sundar Prashant/ Arun Prakash Rajagopalan bt Sagar Manjanna/ Rakshay Thakkar 6-3, 7-6 (7-3); Amirt Narasimhan (US)/ Michael Shabaz (US) bt Lakshit Sood/ Abhijeet Tiwari 5-7, 6-4, 10-2.