Muddappa ovecomes plucky Italian in ITF junior

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Chandigarh, Jan 7 (UNI) Appanervanda Muddappa of India prevailed over Desiati Alfrado of Italy in a tough first-round encounter in the boys under-18 singles of the India ITF Junior (Grade 3) Tennis Tournament at the Sector 10 CLTA Stadium here today.

Down by one set at 4-6, Muddappa rallied to claim the next two sets at 7-5, 7-6 (2) after trading stroke for stroke.

Wild card entrants, Mandeep Yadav defeated Mandeep Singh Gill, both of Chandigarh and wild card entrans, in three closely -fought sets 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-5. Local qualifier Digvijay Singh Mehta entered the second round with a win over wild card Vedant Kapoor of India 6-4, 6-4.

Top seed B Bikram Reddy, second seed Joachim Sternbach (France), third seed Sitaram Sudhanwa, fourth seed Vijayant Malik of CLTA and fifth seed Richards James (Great Britain) were among the seeds who got byes into the draw of 64.

Chandigarh's Noor Paul moved into second round defeating Asha S Mohan in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 in the first-round girls sunder-18 singles match. Wild card entrant Prerna Mythri Appineni advanced into the second round beating Dipti Srivastva 7-6 (6), 6-3 in a first-round match between Indians.

Earlier, former Punjab Director General of Police Sarabjit Singh inaugurated the ITF Junior Tournament.

Results: Boys under-18 singles (Ist round): Kunal Anand (Ind) bt Prithiv Sivasubramaniyam (Ind) 6-2, 6-4, Appanervanda Muddappa (Ind) bt Desiati Alfrado (Ita) 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (2), Ben Maclachlan (Nzl) bt Saurav Singh (Ind) 6-2, 6-2, Vinay Kamineni (Ind) bt Sagar Ahuja (Ind) 6-4, 6-1, Kartik Sai (Ind) bt Shukhrat Gizatulin (Uzb) 6-0, 6-3, Aakash Wagh (Ind) bt Sumit Shinde (Ind) 6-1, 6-3, Kaza Vinayak Sharma (Ind) bt Pullok Bhattacharya (Ind) 6-2, 6-3, Giorgi Khmiadashvili (Geo) bt Yuldashev Aziz (Uzb) 6-4, 6-1, Shantanu Rajput (Ind) bt Priyank Gangadharan (Ind) 7-5, 7-5, M. Naveen Sai (Ind) bt Shikhar Kapoor (Ind) 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-0, Yam Chun Ming (HK) bt Sikharulidle Sergio (Geo) 6-4, 1-6, 7-5, S. Veera Vasanth Venkatesh (Ind) bt Sergey Brotgal (Kaz) 6-2, 6-0, Digvijay S. Mehta (Ind) bt Vedant Kapoor (Ind) 6-4, 6-4, Mandeep Yadav (Ind) bt Mandeep S. Gill (Ind) 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-5, Sapaev Botir (Uzb) bt Athare Mansingh (Ind) 6-1, 6-4, Lakshit Sood (Ind) bt Ankit Sachdeva (Ind) 6-3, 7-5.

Girls U-18-singles (Ist round): Tuaeva Daria (Uzb) bt Rimpledeep Kaur (Ind) 6-2, 6-1, Ratnika Batra (Ind) bt Shilpa Naruka (Ind) 6-0, 6-1, Sushma Gutta (Ind) bt Kesika Jayapalan (Ind) 7-5, 6-3, Prabhamrit Kaur (Ind) bt Gundeep Kaur (Ind) 6-1, 6-1, Sharmada Balu (Ind) bt Sandeep Kaur (Ind) 6-1, 6-0, Treta Bhattacharya (Ind) bt M.S. Shivani (Ind) 6-3, 6-1, Noor Paul (Ind) bt Asha S. Mohan (Ind) 6-3, 6-3, Prerna Mythri Appineni (Ind) Dipti Srivastva (Ind) 7-6 (6), 6-3, Arantxa Andrady (Ind) bt Smriti Joon (Ind) 6-2, 6-1, Shweta Rana (Ind) bt Sai Pujitha Bandi (Ind) 6-4, 6-3, Juan Ting Fei (Tpe) bt Ikttesh Chahal (Ind) 6-1, 6-0, Tanvi Gupta (Ind) bt Tverdikova Vera (Uzb) 6-4, 6-3, Sharon Sanjana Paul (Ind) bt Ravnoor Kaur (Ind) 6-0, 6-3.

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