Get Instant News Updates
Notification Settings X
Time Settings
Clear Notification X
Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
Settings X

Prajnesh Gunneswaran enters Australian Open main draw

Prajnesh Gunneswaran of India enters Australian Open 2019 main draw

Bengaluru, January 11: India's Prajnesh Gunneswaran defeated Japan's Yosuke Watanuki 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-4 in the third round of the Australian Open qualifiers to enter main draw of the season's first Grand Slam. This is his maiden main draw appearance in a Grand Slam.

Prajnesh, ranked 112 in the world, prevailed in a match that lasted two hours and 10 minutes. He started on a terrible note, losing the first set in a tie-breaker but bounced back to win the next two sets in a clinical display.

Prajnesh had qualified for the main draw of French Open as the lucky loser in 2018, but could not participate as he had registered to play a Challenger tournament in Paris.

Prajnesh, seeded sixth, got the better of Spain's Enrique Lopez Perez 6-3 6-3 in the men's singles second round. "I played a better match than yesterday and remained solid throughout. I broke three times and there were not too many games where my serve was in danger. I played good mentally as well," Prajnesh told PTI. "I did the right things, attacked when I got chances."

But Ramkumar Ramanathan and Ankita Raina lost their respective third round qualifiers. Placed 132 in the world rankings, Ramkumar played a very close match before losing 7-5, 5-7, 6-7 (6) to Germany's Rudolf Molleker, ranked 207.

"I served well in the match and had a break point at 3-3 in the final set but missed the backhand down the line. It was just a few inches wide. You have to take those chances," rued Ramkumar. In the women's singles, Asian Games bronze medallist Ankita also had a one-set advantage but went down 6-4, 2-6, 4-6 to Spain's 29th seed Paula Badosa Gibert, world number 142.

For Quick Alerts
Subscribe Now
For Quick Alerts
For Daily Alerts

Story first published: Friday, January 11, 2019, 11:15 [IST]
Other articles published on Jan 11, 2019
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Mykhel sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Mykhel website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more