Former champion Isha Lakhani had plenty to smile about after her final qualifying round match at the Fenesta Open National Tennis Championship here on Monday.The 26-year-old, who recently took to coaching, thrashed Arushi Sharma 6-1, 6-4 to advance to the main draw of the women's singles.
Though she no longer plays competitive tennis, the 2007 Asian Games silver medallist hasn't lost her touch.
Having decided to play the tournament at the last minute, because of which she couldn't get a direct entry, the left-handed Isha played the rallies and sharp angles to her strength as she dismantled her opponent without much trouble.
Overall, it was an easy and relaxed match to get her revved up for the main draw.
"My first round match tomorrow (Tuesday) is against Aishwarya Agarwal. I'm looking to give it my best," said Isha.
However, it was end of the road for a former champion in the men's section. Vijay Kannan was shown the door by Saketh Myneni 4-6, 3-6 in his first round match.
Myneni, who trained in the US for a while, was sharper on court than Kannan. Playing intelligently, he wore down Kannan with rallies on the DLTA courts.
In the longest match of the day, Lakshit Sood had to play three tough sets to get past Vinod Gowda.
After winning the first and losing the second set in a tie-break, he upped his game in the decider to get past his opponent 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-2.
Kunal Anand outplayed Fariz Mohammad 6-1, 6-4 in another first round match.