NEW DELHI: Indian Davis Cupper Saketh Myneni outplayed Mohamed Safwat in straight sets to breeze into the singles quarterfinals of the Delhi Open but the country’s singles challenge ended in the ITF women’s event with the tame defeat of Dhruthi Venugopal here.
Myneni made short work of his Egyptian rival 6-2, 6-3 in a second round contest of the $ 100,000 ATP Challenger event on the Centre Court at the R K Khanna Tennis Stadium.
It proved to be a cakewalk for big serving Myneni as all he needed was just 47 minutes to dispatch his rival. He next takes on Belgium’s Kimmer Coppejans, who defeated Portugal’s Frederico Ferre Silva 6-3, 6-2.
Myneni has already reached doubles quarterfinals with compatriot Sanam Singh, following their upset win over top seeds Fabrice Martin and Purav Raja.
The second seeded pair of Divij Sharan and Moldova’s Radu Albot were also knocked out. They were shocked 2-6, 5-7 by wild card Indian pair of N Sriram Balaji and Vishnu Vardhan.
In the women’s $25,000 ITF event, India’s Dhruthi bowed out after losing her second round match 2-6, 4-6 to Slovakia’s Tadeja Majeric.