New Delhi: Top seed Shweta Rana came back from a set down to prevail over Delhi`s Riya Bhatia 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the Fenesta Open National Tennis Championship at R K Khanna Tennis Complex here on Tuesday.
Fourth seed Sharmada Balu also had to battle hard against the experience of Simran Kaur Sethi, who ultimately ended on the losing side with a 6(3)-7, 5-7 verdict.
Riya looked in complete control in the opening set but ran out of steam in the next two sets. Shweta managed to break Riya twice in the first set but her opponent did well to return the favour thrice to take the initial lead.
The script suddenly changed for Shweta in the second set when she looked more determined while Riya was far from convincing as the match progressed.
However, it was Snehadevi Reddy, who caused the major upset with a 6-2, 6-2 win over fourth seed Bhuvana Kalva to move into the second round of the women`s singles. Rushmi Chakravorthi, the eighth seed, had an easy win against Damini Sharma 6-2,7-5.
In the men`s singles, P C Vignesh also made it to the second round without any hiccups against Tamil Nadu`s Fariz Mohammad, whom he overwhelmed 7-5, 6-4.
Fariz did well to hold his serve but did not get the opening he was looking for against the former national champion. Vignesh broke Fariz in the 12th game of the opening set and the Andhra boy carried the momentum into the next set.
In other matches of the men`s singles, Ajay Yadav beat Abhijeet Tiwari 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, while fourth seed Chandril Sood had an easy outing against S D Prajwal Dev, who lost 4-6, 1-6.
Maharashtra`s Nitten Kirrtane recorded an easy 6-1, 6-2 win over PS Kumara Adavelly, while Atishay Jain also moved into second round with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Vilasier Khate.
Eighth seed Kunal Anand beat Sagar Ahuja 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-1, while Saurav Sukul defeated Ajai Selvaraj 6-4, 6-4.
In the boys` under-18, second seed Hardeep Sandhu joined Shaikh Abdullah in the second round with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Yash Yadav.
Prajwal Dev knocked out Vikrant Dahiya 7-5, 6-1 and Udayan Bhakar shut the door on Rain Pandole with a 6-4, 7-5 win in the opening round.