Ranjeet, Rohan in quarterfinals

Ranjeet, Rohan in quarterfinals

Gowda bows to Japans Tatyuko

Top seed Ranjeet Virali Murugesan en route to his win over Sumit Shinde in the Manipal Open ITF tennis tournament in Manipal on Wednesday.

On a day when most of the other players had to slug it out to book their last-eight berths, the two youngsters hardly broke sweat, blazing past their opponents in quick time at the Marena Sports Complex.

Looking solid right from the onset, Murugesan dismissed Sumit Shinde 6-3, 6-3 while Gajjar was hardly challenged in his 6-2, 6-3 defeat of P Vignesh.

Local lad and wildcard Vinod Gowda produced an impressive display before running out of steam and going down to third-seeded Japanese Niki Tatyuko 7-6 (7-4), 6-1. Gowda led 5-4 in the first set but a couple of unforced errors and lack of experience cost the Indian dear as Tatyuko hit back to take the set to a tie-break. The Japanese, then, served well to clinch the tie-break before stepping on the accelerator to run away with the second set and the match.

In the longest match of day, Russia’s Vitali Reshetnikov outlasted a plucky Tejesvi Rao 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5. After taking the opening set, the Russian was upstaged by a spirited Tejesvi in the second. However, just when things appeared to be going out of control, the Russian regained his composure to post a gritty victory.

In another pre-quarterfinal tie, Ankit Sachdeva knocked out Abhijeet Tiwari to advance into the last eight phase.

Results (pre-quarterfinals):  Ranjeet Virali Murugesan bt Sumit Shinde  6-3, 6-3; Ankit Sachdeva bt Abhijeet Tiwari 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5; Vijayant Malik bt Sudanwa Sitaram 6-2, 0-6, 6-2; Kaza Vinayak Sharma bt Saubrah Patil 6-1,6-0; Vitali Reshetnikov bt Tejesvi Rao 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5; Vikram Reddy bt Koki Matsunaga 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2); Rohit Gajjar bt P Vignesh 6-2, 6-3; Niki Tatyuko bt Vinod Gowda 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.