Tennis: Balaji overcomes Elangovan

Chennai, June 3 (IANS) Top seed Sriram Balaji survived a scare before overcoming young Neeraj Elangovan 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, in a first round match of the BR Adityan-GNC ITF Men’s Futures tennis tournament here Monday.

In another first round match, eighth seeded Karunuday Singh had to bring into play his experience to fend off talented left-hander P Saradhi Adavelly 6-3, 6-4.

The results:

Men’s singles (1st round): 1-N Sriram Balaji bt Neeraj Elangovan 6-1, 3-6, 6-1; Jatin Dahiya bt Rakshit Rishi 6-2, 6-3; 4-Toshihide Matsui (JPN) bt Fahad Mohammed 6-4, 6-1; 8-Karunuday Singh bt Kumara P Saradhi Adavelly 6-3, 6-4.

Doubles: 1-N Sriram Balaji / Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan bt Jatin Dahiya / Shahbaaz Khan 6-3, 6-2; Sagar Ahuja / Jui-Chen Hung (TPE) bt Neeraj Elangovan / Ajai Selvaraj 6-3, 3-6 [10-5]; 3-Vijayant Malik / Amrit Narasimhan (USA) bt Chandril Sood / Lakshit Sood 6-4, 6-3; Zach Itzstein (AUS) / Vignesh Veerabadran bt Arpit Sharma / Aaditya Tewari 6-4, 6-3; Fariz Mohammed / Vignesh Peranamallur bt Garvit Batra / Suraj R Prabodh 6-3, 6-3; Anvit Bendre /Tushar Mandlekar bt 4-Vinayak Sharma Kaza / Abhijeet Tiwari 6-4, 5-7 [10-8]; Kunal Anand / Sagar Manjanna bt Fahad Mohammed / Rakshit Rishi 6-1, 5-7 [10-7]; 2-Keith-Patrick Crowley (RSA) / Arun-Prakash Rajagopalan bt Rithvik Anand / Bharatram Balajee 6-4, 6-1.

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