first_imgIn the singles, national champion N Sriram Balaji and In the singles, national champion N Sriram Balaji and fellow wild card entrant N Vijay Sundar Prashanth also lost in the first round. Balaji lost 6-7 (4) 3-6 to seventh seed Chinese Yan Bai, while Prashanth suffered defeat against Taipieis Jimmy Wang. In the battles of the Indians, Prajnesh Gunneswaran won 6-4 6-4 against Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and qualifier Vishnu Vardhan expectedly thrashed Adil Kalyanpur 6-1 6-1. Adil had entered the event after winning the Rendez-Vous event. Vardhan will next take on Chinese Zhi Li, who knocked out fifth seed Yannick Mertens 4-6 6-3 6-4, and Prajnesh will clash with Yan Bai. In the womens event being played simultaneously, Indias number one singles player Ankita Raina beat compatriot Prerna Bhambri 6-1 7-6. PTI AT AH AHlast_img

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