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Prarthana prevails

BANGALORE: Prarthana Pratap of Karnataka, the second seed, dug deep into her reserves to stave off a determined challenge from statemate Sahan Shetty in the opening round of the women's singles main draw at the Enerzal Open senior National ranking tennis tournament at the Tennis Excellence courts, here on Monday. Prarthana won 7-5, 6-7 (1), 6-4 after a long drawn battle.

Sharon Paul of TN ousted third seed, AP's Zainab Ali Sajjad, 6-3, 6-2 in quick time in another match.

However in the men's singles, top seeded Vijay Sunder Prashanth of Tamil Nadu opened his campaign without dropping a game against Srivastava Abhilash of Uttar Pradesh.

The results: Men's singles (First round): Vijay Sundar Prashanth (TN) bt Srivastava Abhilash (UP) 6-0, 6-0; Sagar Manjanna (Kar) bt Vishwanath Savadi (Kar) 6-4, 6-3; Elwin Antony (TN) bt Murtaza Lohani (TN) 6-4, 6-2; Chandril Sood (UP) bt Bharath Parthasarthy (TN) 6-1, 6-2; Vijay Kannan (TN) bt Adit Jain (Dli) 6-2, 6-3; Vinod Sridhar (TN) bt Amod Wakalkar (Mah) 6-0, 6-3; Aaditya Tewari (MP ) bt Vishnu Jinan (Kar) 6-3, 6-4; Neeraj Elangovan (TN) bt Veera Vasanth (Kar) 6-3, 6-2; Kunal Anand (Dli) bt Sagar Ahuja (Mah) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1; Shahbaaz Khan (Mah) bt Kamal Suresh Kumar (Kar) 6-3, 6-4; Bestha Vishnu Arvind (AP) bt Rohit Sarwate (Mah) 6-4, 6-2; Mithun Murali (TN) bt Bharat Bharadwaj (Har) 6-4, 6-4.

Women's singles (First round): Sowjanya Bavisetti (AP) bt Surya Tejaswini (AP) 6-0, 6-0; Sharon Paul (TN) bt Zainab Ali Sajjad (AP) 6-3, 6-2; Sowmya Pulumati (AP) bt M.Arthi (TN) 6-1, 6-3; Seeulee.Upadhyaya (Ors) bt Shalaka Manjunath (Kar) 7-5, 6-3; Krutika S Raj (Kar) bt Vidya Bharath (Kar) 6-7(1), 4-1 (conceded); Archana Venkatraman ( Kar) bt Parman Johar (Guj) 6-0, 6-1 . — Special Correspondent

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