Sharmada Balu of Karnataka sent home seventh seed Rituparna Nayak of Telangana in the first round of AITA Womens Championship at the PBI-CSE Tennis Academy, Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence, here on Tuesday.

Sharmada (27) didn’t give a semblance of chance to her fancied rival as she attacked with a string serves and some good returns that saw her clinch the match 6-1, 6-0.

Meanwhile, top seed Humera Baharmus of Telangana sailed through her first match with an easy 6-1, 6-1 victory over Aneesha Sai Sree Kamma of Andhra Pradesh. In a minor upset, Telangana’s Apurva Vemuri ousted statemate and eighth seed Mubashira Anjum Shaikh 6-1, 6-3.

Results:

Round of 32

Prathiba Prasad Narayan bt Sreenidhi Balaji 6-4, 6-1

Sharmada Balu bt 7-Rituparna Nayak 6-1, 6-0

Aryalee Chavan bt Harivarshine M 6-2, 6-3

Abhaya Vemuri bt Nagalakshmi Sarvani Chinthapalli 6-2, 6-1

Niharika Praveen Deshmukh bt Bhargavi V Olekar 2-6, 6-3, 7-5

Humera Baharmus bt Aneesha Sai Sree Kamma 6-1, 6-1

Apurva Vemuri bt 8-Mubashira Anjum Shaikh 6-1, 6-3

Apoorva SB bt Riti Agarwal 7-5, 7-6

–IANS

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