Saketh Myneni sets up a fight with Prajnesh Gunneswaran in China
Davis Cupper Saketh Myneni cruised past Vaclav Safranek of the Czech Republic in the first round of the $162,480 Challenger tennis tournament in China on Monday.
In the second round, Saketh will clash with compatriot and second seed, the 82nd ranked Prajnesh Gunneswaran.
Prajnesh has a 2-1 win-loss record against the 244th ranked Saketh in the professional circuit. Interestingly, Saketh and Prajnesh will play doubles as a pair.
Like Prajnesh, fifth seed Ramkumar Ramanathan also had a bye in the first round. He will play Yan Bai of China who ousted Sasi Kumar Mukund for the loss of five games.
Rohan Bopanna in partnership with Dominic Inglot of Britain ran into the third seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares and got beaten in a thriller, 4-6, 6-3, 13-11 in the first round of doubles in the €5,585,030 ATP-1000 tennis tournament in Monte Carlo.
€ 5,585,030 ATP 1000, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Doubles (first round): Jamie Murray (GBR) & Bruno Soares (BRA) bt Dominic Inglot (GBR) & Rohan Bopanna 4-6, 6-3, [13-11].
$162,480 Challenger, Anning, China
Singles (first round): Yan Bai (CHN) bt Sasi Kumar Mukund 6-1, 6-4; Saketh Myneni bt Vaclav Safranek (CZE) 6-2, 6-4.
$15,000 ITF men, Cairo, Egypt
Qualifying singles (first round): Muthu Aadhitiya Senthilkumar bt Joao Pedro Alcantara (BRA) 6-1, 6-2; Ahmed Mounir (EGY) bt Anurag Nenwani 6-3, 7-5; Ashraf El Sayed (EGY) bt Tarun Anirudh Chilakalapudi 6-2, 6-3.
$15,000 ITF men, Madrid, Spain
Qualifying singles (first round): Carlos Sanchez Jover (ESP) bt Digvijay Pratap Singh 6-4, 7-6(6).
(Courtesy: The Hindu)