Yuki Bhambri made a winning start to his campaign at the ATP Challenger in Busan on Tuesday after his Japanese opponent Yoshihito Nishioka retired in the deciding set.

Nishioka, who had won the Korean Challenger last week without losing a set, got off the blocks and took the first set 6-3. But Bhambri fought back in the second and held off Nishioka to clinch the tiebreaker.

In the third, Nishioka retired when the Indian was leading 3-0.

Meanwhile, in the ITF USD 25K tournament in Wuhan, China, Rutuja Bhosale won her first round singles match against China’s Yanni Liu. She prevailed 6-3, 7-5 in the one-hour-51-minute encounter. Her compatriot Karman Kaur Thandi, seeded second, however, retired whilst trailing 1-4 to China’s Wushuang Zheng.

In the qualifying rounds of the ATP Challenger in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, India saw mixed results as N Sriram Balaji defeated France’s Tristan Lamasine 6-1, 7-5 while Sasi Kumar Mukund went down to Argentina’s Manuel Peña López 4-6, 6-7.

Here’s the full round-up of the results:-


ITF Wuhan (USD 25K) * Rutuja Bhosale beat Yanni Liu (China) 6-3, 7-5 in first round.

* Karman Kaur Thandi [2] lost to Wushuang Zheng (China) in first round.


ATP Challenger Busan, South Korea * Yuki Bhambri [2] beat Yoshihito Nishioka (Japan) [Retired] 3-6, 7-6, 3-0 in first round.

ITF Uganda F3 Futures (USD 15K)
* Vinayak Sharma Kaza beat Boris Aguma (Uganda) 6-0, 6-2 in first round.

* Kunal Anand beat Yacoub Makzoume (Syria) 6-3, 6-2 in first round.

* SD Prajwal Dev beat Nicolas Uryson (Argentina) 6-4, 6-1 in first round.

* Jayesh Punglia [8] lost to Ajeet Rai (New Zealand) 2-6, 3-6 in first round.

* Dhruv Sunish beat Arturs Lazdins (Latvia) 7-5, 6-2 in first round.

* Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan beat Vasisht Cheruku 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 in first round.

* Rishi Reddy lost to David Perez Sanz [2] (Spain) 4-6, 3-6 in first round.

Qualifying rounds at:
ATP Challenger in Samarkand, Uzbekistan: N Sriram Balaji beat Tristan Lamasine [3] (France) 6-1, 7-5; Sasi Kumar Mukund [6] lost to Manuel Peña López (Argentina) 4-6, 6-7.