It was a day of upsets at the Bengaluru Open 2020 with Indian tennis players marching into the next round with impressive victories over their fancied opponents. Also Read - ITF WTT Cup Tennis: Top Seed Sidharth Rawat Exits in First Round
The biggest upset of the day came in the form of national champion Niki Pooncha prevailing over former world No. 26 Lucas Rosol in three sets of men’s singles second round. Pooncha won 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 in a contest that lasted one hour and 45 minutes to enter the next phase. Also Read - Bengaluru Open: Prajnesh Gunneswaran, Sumit Nagal Lose In Quarter-Finals, India’s Singles Challenge Ends
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2019 men’s singles runners-up Saketh Myneni knocked out sixth-seed Russian Evgeny Donskoy winning in straight sets. Myneni, who is ranked 192, won 6-3, 6-3 in the opening round of USD 1,62,480 hard court ATP Challenger tournament.
Pooncha expressed his happiness at having beaten a seeded player, hoping to keep the momentum going. “I am thrilled to have reached this stage of a Challenger event which was my dream since the last year,” he said. “And having beaten a seeded player I am even more happy.After I broke him, I was determined to just hold my serve and I am happy that I did. I don’t even know whom am I playing in the next round but I hope to keep the rhythm going.”
Qualifier Abhinav Shanmuguam also got the better of German Daniel Masure with a 7-5, 6-3 win.
Prajnesh Gunneswaran won the last edition when he beat Myneni in the final.