Bengaluru, 1 May 2018: Bengaluru boy and favourite to win the tournament Arjun Honappa suffered a shock defeat to Rajasthan’s Fardeen Qumar in the second round of Boys’ Singles at the Roland-Garros Amateur Series by Longines here on Tuesday.
Despite being interrupted by morning summer showers, Honappa and Qumar kept the tempo up as they entertained the buoyant Bowring Institute spectators who had turned up to watch the local boy in action. The match, a best of 17 games, went down to the wire with both the players testing each other’s skill on a clay court but it was unseeded player Qumar who showed grit and perseverance to beat Honappa 9-8 (6). Qumar will next face Tushar Madan of Delhi, who beat state-mate S Suden 9-7, in the third round on Wednesday.
In another match, Arjun Sriram of Karnataka continued his good form as he beat Sourav Gulia of Haryana 9-2. Sriram will take on D Gahlot who beat N Chahal 9-1 to make it to the third round. Another local lad S Devineni lost to D Kumar of Tamil Nadu 4-9. A Gaonkar also of Karnataka lost his second round match to G Suresh Jadhav of Maharashtra 9-0.
In the Girls’ Singles, R Srujana of Telangana State beat top seed B Parwani of Gujarat 9-2 while L Vutukuru, seeded third, continued her good show as she beat Vipasha Mehra 9-8 (11). She will meet V Reddy of Karnataka in her third round. Local girl V Reddy beat Lagan Bidhan 9-5 to advance to the next round. In another match, Bengaluru’s Aditi Narayan lost to V Choudhary 7-9 thus ending her campaign in the second round.