India’s Sasikumar Mukund and Saket Myneni entered the men’s singles second round of the Bengaluru Open AT Challenger with contrasting wins over their respective rivals on Monday. Also Read - Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju Inaugurates Rowing Centre in Srinagar
Mukund beat Slovenian Blaz Kavcic 2-6 6-3 6-4 to move into the second round, while Myneni, runner-up at the last edition of the Bengaluru Open, scored a clinical 6-3 6-3 win over his Russian rival Aslan Karatsev at USD 162,500 Challenger event at the Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association (KSLTA). “I don’t know what was going on in my mind. I was trying too many things,” said Mukund. Also Read - FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Tournament Director Roma Khanna Resign
In the second set, both the players began breaking each other and repeated the pattern two games later to be tied at 3-3. Also Read - US Navy Conducts 'Freedom of Navigation' Ops Near Lakshadweep Without Prior Indian Consent
The 23-year-old Indian then achieved the crucial break in the seventh game to surge ahead as Blaz failed to control his game and lost the set.
In the decider, Mukund started off with a break in the very first game and held the advantage until the sixth game, which he lost but still remained on track.
The Indian managed to break once again in the ninth game and then served out for the match.
“I don’t think I deserved to win with the kind of game I played. He (Blaz) was playing really well and I think he too was in a similar spot like me in the second and third set,” he said.
Myneni, who is still under the 200 ranking, needed just one break in the sixth game to grab the opening set 6-3. The second set saw both the players holding their serves until the sixth game as Myneni won the rest of the games with breaks in the seventh and ninth games to emerge victorious.