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Sriram Balaji wins, Vishnu Vardhan loses in doubles in China

Punjab News Express | March 22, 2019 11:09 AM

Punjab News Express/Balbir Singh
CHANDIGARH: N Sriram Balaji and Hans Hach Verdugo of Mexico, seeded fourth, rallied to oust Chinese duo of Runhao Hua and Zhizhen Zhang by 4-6, 7-6 (4), 10-5 in the doubles quarter-final of the $ 54,160 ATP Challenger Tennis Tournament in Zhangjangang (China) today. The match lasted 84 minutes.
Balaji-Hach Verdugo recorded 72 per cent first service in and unleashed four aces and committed seven double faults. They won 38 points out of 54 on first service and 8 out of 21 points on second service. Balaji-Hach Verdugo saved three out of six break points and won a solitary break point out of four.
Hua-Zhang had three aces on the scorecard and committed two double faults. They recorded 65 per cent first service in. The Chinese pair won 31 out of 43 points on first service and 13 out of 23 on second service. They saved three out of four break points. The Chinese won three out of six break points.
Balaji-Hach Verdugo will face top seeded pair of Cheng-Peng Hsieh of Taipei and Christopher Rungkat of Indonesia in semi-final.
Cheng-Peng Hsieh of Taipei and Christopher Rungkat of Indonesia defeated Vishnu Vardhan of India, who was partnering Luca Margaroli of Switzerland by 4-6, 6-1, 10-6 in 63 minutes in doubles quarter-final.
Vardhan-Margaroli earned $640 and 15 ATP points.
Qualifer Prajnesh Gunneswaran of India was beaten by Jaume Munar of Spain by 7-6 (3) 6-4 in the singles first round fixture of the $ 8,359,455 ATP Masters 1000 Miami Open at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
Twenty one years old Jaume Munar, ranked 61 took one hour and 39 minutes to overcome 29-year-old Prajnesh, ranked 84th.
After a close and thrilling first set which Jaume Munar won by 7-6 (3), the Spanish player then raced to a 4-1 lead in the second set after breaking Prajnesh in the third and fifth games. With his service to follow Munar increased the lead to 5-1.
Prajnesh tried hard to bounce back into the game. He held his service after gaining advantage to reduce the margin to 2-5. Munar struggled in the eighth game and trailed 15-40 on his service. With Prajnesh, enjoying having two break points, broke his rival to further narrow the margin to 3-5. The left handed player from Chennai then held his serve in the ninth game by firing his fourth ace of the match (4-5).
Munar, serving for the match, led 40-15 with two match points and wrapped up the encounter by winning the 10th game at 6-4 and the match to move into second round.
Munar won 84 per cent points (26/31) on his first service and 61 per cent (20/33) on second service. He saved one break points out of three and won three out of seven break points. His scorecard showed three aces to his credit and two double faults.
Prajnesh won 67 per cent (29/43) points on his first service and 47 per cent (16/34) on second service. The Indian player saved four out of seven break points and won two out of three break points.Prajnesh fired four aces and committed five double faults.
Prajnesh earned $ 26,430 and 26 ATP points.

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