Nanjing, Jiangsu, China, 19 August 2014 |

Naiktha Bains has advanced to the second round of the Youth Olympic Games tennis event in Nanjing, China with a commanding straight-sets victory in her opening match.

The Australian beatĀ Ojasvinee Singh of India 6-4 6-1 to set up a second-round meeting with No.7 seed Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine.

“It’s a big event and it’s a really special event, so to get a win first up is always amazing,” Bains said.

“(On) one of the match points I had, I was hitting a smash and I kind of went over on my ankle a bit but it was all good – I’ve done it before. I fell a bit, and I almost made the smash – I wanted to make that smash – but we went deuce, advantage, for a couple of points and then I managed to close out that game which I was pretty happy about.

“I’ve got pretty flexible ankles so I’ll be fine. I’ll do my usual warm down and recovery and stuff and I’ll be fine.”

> view the YOG girls’ singles draw

Her compatriot Priscilla Hon was knocked out of the event on Tuesday, with the Queenslander going down 6-3 6-2 in the first round to No.4 seed Kristina Schmiedlova, a recent finalist in the Wimbledon junior singles event.

“I played her a few weeks ago, we had a pretty close one. But today I felt like I couldn’t do what I normally do. Maybe a few nerves there, but good on her,” Hon assessed.

“It’s a great deal that I can play for my country. I have been struggling a bit at the Grand Slams and the Olympics here of course. I’ve been getting a bit nervous, but hopefully I’ll get used to it soon.

“It gives me a lot more motivation to do well in the doubles. I love doubles. Having another person on the court makes me feel better, feel more relaxed. I think that’s the key to playing better.”

Hon and Bains, the fourth seeds in doubles, will play their second-round match on Tuesday in Nanjing.

In boys’ doubles, the Aussie pairing of Harry Bourchier and Marc Polmans fell in a dramatic match to No.2 seedsĀ Orlando Luz and Marcelo Zormann of Brazil, losing 6-4 1-6 [10-7].

The four Aussies will also combine in mixed doubles, with Bourchier partnering Hon and Polmans teaming with Bains.

The mixed competition commences on Tuesday.

> view Tuesday’s order of play