Bhambri lone Indian in fray at Chennai Open.

Yuki Bhambri lone India to survive on Day 2 of the Chennai Open

Sherine Paul

Chennai: Three Indians were in action at the Chennai Open on Tuesday at the SDAT Tennis Stadium and the last man standing at the end of Day 2 was Yuki Bhambri. In the battle of the Indians, Yuki Bhambri saw off local boy Ramkumar Ramnathan with ease beating him in straight sets 6-1, 6-1 in 53 minutes. Ramkumar failed to find his rhythm and Bhambri was more than up to the task of dismantling his opponent. 

Earlier in the day, former Chennai Open finalist Aljaz Bedene saw off the higher ranked Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in straights winning 6-3, 6-3.

In the last match of the day on center court Saketh Myneni took on the former Chennai Open champion Mikhail Youzhny. The first set was a neck and neck affair as the players were locked at 4-4 and it looked like things would be headed to a tie-breaker. But a shoddy service game from Myneni with a slew of unforced errors handed Youzhny a break at a crucial juncture, to hand him the first set. There was plenty of crowd support for Myneni but Youzhny raced to a 3-0 lead in the second and closed it out to win 6-4 6-3. He did his trade-mark post match victory salute to huge roars from the crowd.

On Court 1 Benoit Paire saw off the challenge from the Russian qualifier Kravchuk to sail into the second round. Wednesday will see top seed Marin Cilic kick start his campaign at the Chennai Open against Jozef Kovalic.

Round 1 results: Aljaz Bedene (GBR) beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 6-3, 6-3; R Olivio (ARG) beat Casper Ruud (NOR) 7-6 (3), 6-2; Lu Yen-hsun (TPE) beat Radu Albot (MDA) 6-2 6-1; Yuki Bhambri (IND) beat Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) 6-1 6-1; Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) beat Saketh Myneni (IND) 6-4 6-3; Benoit Paire (FRA) beat Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS) 6-3 6-4