Prajnesh Gunneswaran in third round

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Prajnesh Gunneswaran in third round

Top seed Prajnesh Gunneswaran cruised past qualifier Renta Tokuda of Japan 6-2, 6-2 in the second round of the $162,480 Challenger tennis tournament in Jinan, China, on Wednesday.

In doubles, Saketh Myneni and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan made the quarterfinals, while Sriram Balaji and Vishnu Vardhan lost their way from a winning position against Hiroki Moriya and Goncalo Oliveira.

In the Challenger in France, Ramkumar Ramanathan was beaten by Daniel Masur of Germany in the second round of singles after a bye, but made the doubles quarterfinals with Evgeny Karlovskiy of Russia, past fourth seeds, the Sabanov twins from Croatia, Ivan and Matej.

In the $60,000 ITF women’s event in China, Rutuja Bhosale beat Meiqi Guo of China in three sets to set up a pre-quarterfinal against top seed Nina Stojanovic of Serbia.

The results:

$162,480 Challenger, Jinan, China
Singles (second round): Prajnesh Gunneswaran bt Renta Tokuda (JPN) 6-2, 6-2.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Saketh Myneni & Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan bt Shintaro Imai & Toshihide Matsui (JPN) 6-4, 6-3; Hiroki Moriya (JPN) & Goncalo Oliveira (POR) bt Sriram Balaji & Vishnu Vardhan 3-6, 7-6(2), [10-7].

€ 137,560 Challenger, Genova, Italy
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Attila Balazs (HUN) & Fernando Romboli (BRA) bt Rameez Junaid (AUS) & Purav Raja 7-6(2), 7-6(3).

€ 46,600 Challenger, Cassis, France
Singles (second round): Daniel Masur (GBR) bt Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-3, 6-2.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Evgeny Karlovskiy (RUS) & Ramkumar Ramanathan bt Ivan Sabanov & Matej Sabanov (CRO) 6-4, 6-1.

$15,000 ITF men, Sao Bras Alportel, Portugal
Singles (first round): Maxime Pauwels (BEL) bt Terence Das 6-1, 2-0 (retired).

$15,000 ITF men, Hua Hin, Thailand
Singles (first round): Dayne Kelly (AUS) bt Anirudh Chandrasekar 6-4, 6-3; Sidharth Rawat bt Chien Hsun Lo (TPE) 6-2, 6-3; Nitin Kumar Sinha bt Worovin Kumthonkittikul (Tha) 4-6, 6-0, 6-3; Seita Watanabe (Jpn) bt Arjun Kadhe 6-2, 6-2.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Ray Ho (Tpe) & Kelsey Stevenson (Can) bt Anirudh Chandrasekar & Nitin Kumar Sinha 6-3, 7-6(2).

$60,000 ITF women, Changsha, China
Singles (first round): Rutuja Bhosale bt Meiqi Guo (Chn) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

$15,000 ITF women, Sajur, Israel
Singles (first round): Tiffany William (GBR) bt Mihika Yadav 4-6, 7-6(5), retired.

$15,000 ITF women, Yeongwol, Korea
Singles (first round): Dayeon Back (KOR) bt Ashmitha Easwaramurthi 6-0, 6-2.

$15,000 ITF women, Tabarka, Tunisia
Singles (first round): Lilly Elida Haseth (NOR) bt Likhitha Kalava 6-3, 1-6, 7-5; Ani Vangelova (BUL) bt Bhuvana Kalva 6-2, 6-3.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Yekaterina Dmitrichenko (KAZ) & Antonia Schmidt (GER) Kaaviya Balasubramanian & Niditra Rajmohan 6-2, 6-3; Coralie Garrigues (FRA) & Likhitha Kalava bt Luna Meers & Zoi Meers (BEL) 6-3, 6-2.

(Courtesy: The Hindu)

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