Chennai, May 27 (IANS) Prajnesh Gunneswaran got the better of Jui-Chen Hung of Taipei 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(2) in a men’s singles first round match of the MPTA ITF Men’s Futures Tennis Championship here Monday.
Prajnesh, serving strongly and hitting powerful forehands, won the first set 6-4 and was leading 5-3 in the second when Hung fought back to save four match points and take the set 7-5.
In an interesting third set, both players held serve to take the set into a tie-breaker. Prajnesh once again got into his own and ran away with a 5-1 lead and won it 7-2 to win the set and the match in three hours, 15 minutes.
In other first round matches, top seed Sriram Balaji and No.2 Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan registered comfortable wins.
Earlier in the day, Mohammed Fariz, Tushar Mandlekar, Anvit Bendre, Garvit Batra, Lakshit Sood, Suraj Beniwal, Sagar Ahuja and Vigneshwaran Ramesh qualified for the main draw.
Singles: 1-N.Sriram Balaji bt Saurabh Patil 6-1, 6-2; Prajnesh Gunneswaran bt Jui-Chen Hung (TPE) 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(2); 2-Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan bt Shahbaaz Khan 6-2, 6-3.
Doubles: 3-Toshihide Matsui / Bumpei Sato (JPN) bt Sasi Kumar Mukund / UM Gugan Verma 6-1, 6-2; Neeraj Elangovan / Ajai Selvaraj bt Chandril Sood / Lakshit Sood 4-6, 7-6(6), 10-8; 4-Vinayak Sharma Kaza / Abhijeet Tiwari bt Kumara P Saradhi Adavelly / Garry Tokas 4-6, 6-4, 10-7; Kunal Anand / Ronak Manuja bt Suraj R Prabodh / Arpit Sharma 6-2, 6-2.