Kolkata, Feb 7 : Farid Alam of West Bengal on Monday ousted the second seeded Shahbaaz Khan of Maharashtra in three sets 6-3,4-6,6-3 to advance to the Pre Quarter Finals of the Men's Singles of the SPS Elegant Central Excise AITA Open Grass Court Tennis Championship 2011 here.
Other seeds to fall were sixth seed Pavan Surya of Andhra Pradesh. Vinod Kumar Sewa defeated Pavan in 70 minutes 6-4,6-2. Seventh seeded Kamal Suresh Kumar of Karnataka was beaten by Biplab Das 3-6,6-4,6-2.
The other Bengal players to reach the Pre Quarters were Robin Das, Manoj Kumar Sewa and Sanjib R. Kerketta
In the morning, Naparajit Mukherjee, DGP West Bengal inaugurated the Championship.
Results of first round matches played today : Mithun Murali (TN)(1)(WC) beat Rajat Maheshwari (Mah) 6-2,4-6,6-2; Robin Das (WB)(WC) beat Pulkit Mishra (Dli) 3-6,7-5,6-3; Biplab Das (WB) beat Kamal Suresh Kumar (Kar)(7) 3-6,6-4,6-2; Vinod Kumar Sewa (WB) beat Surya Pavan (AP)(6) 6-4,6-2; Manoj Kumar Sewa (WB) beat Abhilash Srivastava (UP) 6-4.7-6(7-4); Sanjib R. Kerketta (WB) beat Maninder Singh (Har) 6-4,7-6(7-4); Chinmay Pradhan (Ori) beat Anshuman Dutta (Asm)(LL) 6-3,3-6,7-6(7-4); Farid Alam (WB) beat Shahbaaz Khan (Mah)(2) 6-3,4-6,6-3.
Men's Doubles Qualifying Matches : Jagadish Tanwar (Raj) and Arpit Sharma (Raj) beat Nagendra Rai (UP) Rajendra Rai (UP) 9-2; Vishwanath Savadi (Kar) and Shahul Anwar (Kar) beat Prithvi Kanda (Dli) and Sonam Phuntsok (HP) 9-7.
Men's Doubles Pre Quarter Finals : Nikunj Siwach (Goa) and Yogesh Phogat (Har) beat Sagar Manjanna (Kar) and Rajat Maheshwari (WB) 6-4,7-5; Krishna Karsolia (UP) and Pulkit Mishra (Dli) beat Baibhav Das (WB) and Kamal Suresh Kumar (Kar) 3-6,7-6(7-4),11-9; Manoj Kumar Sewa (WB) and Robin Das (WB) beat Farid Alam (WB) and Sanjib R. Kerketta(WB) 3-6,6-4,10-5; Chandra Sekhar Mohanty (Asm) and Anshuman Dutta (Asm) beat Pradeep Deswal (Mah) and Rohit Sarwate (Mah) 6-1,6-3.