Yuki Bhambri Wins, Saketh Myneni Beaten at Chennai Open
Having lost crucial six months last season due to tennis elbow injury, Yuki Bhambri made a good impression early in the season as he literally toyed with Ramkumar Ramanathan, who disappointed with his lacklustre show.
Indian tennis player Yuki Bhambri outplayed compatriot and local boy Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-1, 6-1, but Saketh Myneni went down 4-6, 3-6 to Mikhail Youzhny in the Round of 32 matches of the 22nd Chennai Open on Tuesday.
Myneni fought hard but the seventh seed Russian was too hot to handle for the 192 ranked Indian who lost in 1 hour and 256 seconds.
The Russian converted two of the eight break points received to take the match, winning 72 of 131 (55 per cent) total points played.
Bhambri played some solid tennis to crush wild card Ramanathan in just 53 minutes at the SDAT Stadium.
The 24-year-old broke Ramanathan thrice in the first set and twice in the second, not giving him any chance to get back in the contest.
He played solidly from the back of the court, but kept looking for opportunities to rush towards the net to set up easy winners.
"I just didn't take my foot off the gas. I knew that Ram is a tough guy to play, especially in Chennai, and I didn't want to give him anything to fight back with," said Bhambri.
"I am match sharp. But I need to be more consistent on the court. So the plan is to get more matches under my belt, do more preparation for the tougher games ahead," he added.
Commenting on the game, Ramanathan said: "Bhambri played a smart, aggressive game. He got all his first serves in, while I had a very bad match. It was a bad day for me."
"I started off badly, losing my first game itself. I got a whiff of a chance in the first game of the second set but Bhambri put pressure on me while I was defensive," he added.
Earlier in the day, world No. 101 Alja Bedene of Great Britain pulled off a minor upset by defeating Spain's No. 70 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-3 to keep the opening day trend of lower-ranked players ruling the roost.
Slovenia-born Bedene, who was the last player to gain direct entry into the main draw following the injury-induced withdrawal of Tommy Robredo, exhibited a compact, all- round game to get the better of the lanky Spanish veteran, once ranked World No. 23, in one hour 14 minutes.
Argentina's Renzo Olivo and Taiwan's Yen-Hsun Lu, however, broke the trend by romping to facile victories.
Olivo stormed past the tournament's youngest player Casper Ruud 7-6 (3), 6-2 in just over 1 hour and 19 minutes, while Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan thumped Radu Albot of Moldova 6-2, 6-1 in just over an hour.
(With inputs from IANS)