Fourth seed Yuki Bhmabri began his bid for the back-to-back Central Bank $15,000 International Tennis Federation (ITF) titles with a 6-2, 6-0 demolition of Nihal Kapoor in the first round at the DLTA complex in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Yuki, who won the first of the two successive ITF tournaments last week, battled for just little over an over to set up a second round meeting with Israeli qualifier Tal Eros. Eros advanced to the second round when his opponent, N Prashanth conceded the match at 1-6, 7-6(5), 2-1 .
Kapoor, who entered the main draw as a lucky loser after the withdrawal of American Nicholas Edlefsen, showed promise but lacked consistency to pose any threat to the junior Australian open champion, with whom he practices often.
His errors only made it easy for Yuki, who broke him in the fifth and the seventh game of the match to go up a set. Yuki then ran through the second set.
Last week's finalist and sixth seed Rohan Gajjar too advanced to the second round when qualifier Nikunj Siwach retired due to giddiness, trailing 3-6, 1-2.
Top seed Kento Takeuchi of Japan staved off a second set fightback from Navdeep Singh to win 6-3, 7-6 (0). In the second round, he plays Vivek Shokeen who dispatched Vijayant Malik 6-2, 6-3.
Takeuchi had beaten Shokeen in straight sets in the first round last week.
In the other first round singles matches, second seed Vishu Vardhan had it easy against Rohan Gide, winning 6-3, 6 2. He next meets Ashutosh Singh, who sent qualifier Ankit Sachdeva packing 6-1, 6-1.
Seventh-seeded Ranjeeth Virali Murugesan rallied to beat PC Vignesh 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 while fifth seed Divij Sharan defeated Briton Maniel Bains 6-4, 6-1 for a second round face-off with Mithun Murli, who beat wildcard Kaza Vinayak Sharma 6-4, 6-2.