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« on: January 06, 2015, 05:36:12 PM »
Flavia Pennetta of Italy reacts to a return against Lucie Safarova Elastico Superfly TF of the Czech Republic during their women’s singles match on day three of the Hopman Cup in Perth yesterday. RIGHT: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada hits a return against Serena Williams of the US.
Chennai, India: Japan’s number two Tatsuma Ito moved into the second round of the ATP Chennai Open with a straight-sets win over Indian wildcard Ramkumar Ramanathan yesterday.

The 87th-ranked Ito, playing for the first time in the $450,000 season opener in the southern Indian city, won 6-3, 6-3 on Barcelona track jacket the centre court of the Nungambakkam tennis stadium.

“It is good to start the year with a win, but I must play a consistent game to go Mercurial Victory V TF forward,” said Ito, who next plays fifth seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain.

Garcia-Lopez overcame the loss in the tie-breaker of the first set to edge past error-prone qualifier Evgeny Donskoy of Russia 6-7 (3/7), 6-2, 6-3 in two hours.

Sixth seed Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan also breezed through to the next round with a 6-3, 6-4 win over India’s top player Somdev Devvarman. “One is always a Magista Obra FG bit worried at the start of a season, but I think I played okay,” the 31-year-old Lu said.

“I hope I can do well in the other matches.”

Lu’s next opponent will be Spaniard Pablo Carreno-Busta, who beat Alejandro Gonzalez of Colombia 6-1, 6-3.

Swedish wildcard Elias Ymer moved up by defeating Dutchman Igor Sijsling 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 and Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania beat qualifier Luca Vanni of Italy 6-1, 2-6, 7-5.

Another qualifier Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia brushed aside Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 7-6 (7/0), 6-3 to set up a tough second round meeting against second seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain.

Australian Open champion and world number four Stanislas Wawrinka leads the 32-man field which includes a strong Spanish contingent of 14th-ranked Lopez, number 15 Roberto Bautista-Agut and Garcia-Lopez.

Other leading contenders are Belgium’s David Goffin, and Wawrinka’s second round opponent Borna Coric of Croatia. The top four seeds -- Wawrinka, Lopez, Bautista-Agut and Goffin -- received a bye in the first round. The champion will pocket $73,400 and 250 ranking points.AFP


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