13 Indians in the main draw of Chennai Open challenger
Three Indians qualified for the main draw of the Chennai Open Challenger event here on Sunday. A total of 13 Indians will be part of the main draw in the singles category. Arjun Khade, Sidharth Rawat and Abhinav Sanjeev got through in different styles in the final qualifying round.
Sidharth Rawat had a much tougher time, downing the experienced Vishnu Vardhan. In the first set, both players shared a break and got to six games all. Vishnu served crisply while Sidharth played in a determined fashion. In the ensuing tiebreak, the 30-year-old Vishnu managed to squeeze past Sidharth. The effort seemed to have drained Vishnu and Sidharth ran up an early lead to win the second set 6-3 and level the match. In the third set, Vishnu conceded when he was down 1-4 to give Sidharth a place in the main draw.
The local lad Abhinav Sanjeev Shanmugam will make his first appearance in a Challenger event when he moved without even hitting a single ball. His opponent Nikola Cacic of Serbia was suffering with fever and had to give a walkover.
The tall Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul of Thailand proved to be too good for Haadin Bava. The Thai player served well and stroked fluently on both flanks to win 6-2, 6-2. The Main Draw will start on Monday at 10 am.
RESULTS: Final round of qualifying:  Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul (THA) beat  Haadin Salim Bava (IND) 6-2, 6-2; Abhinav Sanjeev Shanmugam (IND) beat  Nokola Cacic (SRB) WO;  Sidharth Rawat (IND) beat  Vishnu Vardhan (IND) 6-7(7), 63, 4-1 (Retd);  Arjun Kadhe (IND) beat Luca Margaroli (SUI) 7-5, 6-2