Chandigarh, Sep 10 : Sasikumar Mukund defeated Alafia Ayeni of USA in straight sets 6-4, 6-1 in singles first round match in the $ 81,200 ATP Challenger Tennis Tournament in Shanghai (China) on Monday.
Mukund saved one break point and won three out of six. He served two aces and committed one double fault. Ayeni fired seven aces but committed six double faults. He saved three out of six break points.
Another India to move up in the main draw was Arjun Kadhe who ousted Shintaro Imai of Japan in straight sets 7-6 (2), 6-3 in the first round match.
In the final round qualifying round, N Sriram Balaji lost to second seed Kazuki Nishiwaki of Japan 6-4, 6-3. Top seed Indian Prajnesh Gunneswaran and 13th seed Saketh Myneni have been given first round bye. UNI