Matsunaga, Sachdeva breeze into round of 16

Matsunaga, the only seeded player in action on the opening day, eased past India’s Fariz Mohammed 6-2, 6-1 in their first-round encounter.

The 25-year old seventh seed played an aggressive game to overpower his Indian rival in little over an hour. Fariz did have a few chances to break his rival in both sets but Matsunaga carried too much fire power.

Indian qualifier Ankit Sachdeva posted a 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 win over USA’s Joel Kincaid in the first round. After dropping the first on a tie-breaker, the American put up very little resistance in the second set and caved in meekly.

In another close encounter, Saurbah Patil quelled Vishwanath Savadi’s challenge with a 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) win. Despite forcing a set point in the second, Savadi failed to drive home the advantage as the consistent Patil rallied to best him in the tie-breaker.

Vikram Reddy, Tejasvi Rao and P Vignesh were the other players to make it through to the next round.

In the doubles category, India’s Rohan Gajjar paired up with Russia’s Reshetnikov to score a comfortable 6-3, 6-1 win over the Indian pair of Amrit Narasimhan and Sudanwa Sitaram.

Results (first round, Indians unless mentioned):
Singles: Ankit Sachdeva bt Joel Kincaid (US) 7-6 (7-2), 6-2; Saurabh Patil bt Vishwanath Savadi 6-4, 7-6 (8-6); Tejesvi Rao bt Shantanu Rajput 6-1, 6-2; 7-Koki Matsunaga (Jpn) bt Fariz Mohammed 6-2, 6-1; Vikram Reddy bt Tejas Chaukulkar 6-4, 7-6 (11-9); P Vignesh bt Ronak Manuja 6-2, 6-2.

Doubles: Reshetnikov (Rus)/ Rohan Gajjar bt Amrit Narasimhan/ Sudanwa Sitaram 6-3, 6-1; R Maheshwari/ Shantanu Rajput bt Vinod Gowda/ Vishwanath Savdi 6-2, 6-4; Ronak Manuja/ Ankit Sachdeva bt Wing-Lun Lam (HK)/ Pulkit Mishra 7-5, 6-4; Koki Matsunaga/ Takuto Niki (Jpn) bt Kunal Anand/ Aaditya Tewari 7-6 (8-6), 6-1; Sagar Manjanna/ Veera Venkatesh w/o Joel Kincaid  (US)/ Abhaya Prakash; Vijayant Malik/ Vivek Shokeen bt Abhijeet Tiwari/ Akash Wagh 4-6, 6-4, 10-4.

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