Guwahati, April 17: It was a smooth sailing for all the seeded players on the first day of the seventh Kaliyani Open Tennis Tournament that got under way at Kaliyani Club courts in Numaligarh today.
Around 170 players in the age groups of girls’ under-14 and under-18 and boys’ under-12, under-14 and under-18 from various clubs in Assam and Nagaland are participating in the four-day event, inaugurated by Numaligarh Refinery Ltd director (finance) S.K. Barua.
A total of Rs 1.3 lakh is up for grabs as scholarship money. The first round matches got under way in the boys’ under-14 and under-18 events today.
Boys’ under-14: Abhilekh Phukan beat Saumar Saikia 5-2, Rishav Gogoi beat Uddipan Das 5-1, Anurag Konwar beat Nihal Deori 5-2, Ajoi Kanoi Agarwalla beat Kumar Baibav 5-2, Shahir Farhaz beat Ayan Baooah 5-4(3), Md Janbir Ali beat Niranjan Deori 5-2, Rajdeep Singh Kaunthujan beat Subhasis Bharali 5-0, Magotsolie Khate beat Tushar Paul 5-0, Abhishek Baruah beat Anuresh Bora 5-1, Jahnab Pran Kashyap beat Sangeet Saikia 5-2, Abhipal Sarma beat Bitupan Hazarika 5-1, Geetartha Bharali beat Chirag Bansal 5-4.