Sanam Singh Scripts Upset on Opening Day of AirAsia Open

Updated: 20 October 2015 21:04 IST

Sanam Singh defeated eighth seed Germain Gigounon of Belgium in straight sets. Somdev Devvarman and Saketh Myneni also won their first round matches.

Sanam Singh Scripts Upset on Opening Day of AirAsia Open
Sanam Singh (left) and Saketh Myneni are two of the top Indians to compete at the AirAsia Open in Bengaluru. © AP

Bengaluru:

Sanam Singh scripted the biggest upset on the opening day of the Air Asia Open here, by trouncing eighth seed Germain Gigounon of Belgium in straight sets. (Read more tennis stories here)

Somdev Devvarman and Saketh Myneni, won their respective matches to storm into the second round of the event at the KSLTA courts here.

Singh, ranked 279, won the first set, but shunted out his opponent in 20 minutes in the second set, winning it 6-0.

Singh smashed five aces on his way to break Gigounon thrice in the deciding set, before pocketing the match.

Somdev, in the first set, faced some anxious moments, but overcame them by winning 6-4, before clinching the match against Austrian Maximillian Neuchrist, winning the second set 6-3.

Having not enjoyed the best of years on the circuit, Somdev said, "It has been a tough year. I have been working hard and have been staying fit. I have had a lot of close contests and have lost more than I have won this year."

When asked whether he felt there was a problem with his game, Somdev said, "I have won two Challenger events this year. In the past I have won one. The level of tennis is there. I have struggled to get past the first round in most of the events. I take time to settle down and when I am in the quarters or semis, I begin playing well. Now that I have gone past the first round here, I hope things fall in place and I get going."

Vietnam Challenger title-holder Myneni outwitted Serbia's Nikola Milojevic 6-3, 7-6. Tournament second seed James Ward of Great Britain easily demolished the lucky loser Lakshit Sood of India with 6-1, 6-1 score. Sumit Nagal, the 2015 Junior Wimbledon doubles title winner, given a wildcard, raced past compatriot qualifier Sidarth Rawat 6-4, 6-3.

In doubles competition, the third seed pair of Dane Propoggia (Aus) and Ti Chen (Tpe) along with Spanish fourth seeds Adrian Menendez-Maceiras and Gerard Granollers moved into the quarter-finals with comfortable victories.

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