Australian Open 2020: India No 1 Prajnesh Gunneswaran advances to second round of qualifiers; Ramkumar Ramanathan bows out

In the women's qualifiers, India's lone contender Ankita Raina went down fighting 2-6, 6-7(2) against Bulgaria's Viktoriya Tomova

Press Trust of India January 14, 2020 17:40:03 IST
Australian Open 2020: India No 1 Prajnesh Gunneswaran advances to second round of qualifiers; Ramkumar Ramanathan bows out
  • Prajnesh knocked out local wild card Harry Bourchier 6-2, 6-4 to set up a second-round clash with Germany's Yannick Hanfmann

  • Ramkumar led against 15th seed Argentine before losing steam to suffer a 6-4, 4-6, 1-6 defeat to yet again collapse in the Qualifiers of a Grand Slam

  • Sumit Nagal, who enjoyed a breakthrough 2019 season, will open his campaign in the qualifiers against Egypt's Mohamed Safwat

Melbourne: Prajnesh Gunneswaran advanced to the second round of the Australian Open qualifiers but Ramkumar Ramanathan frittered away a one-set advantage to make an exit on Tuesday.

Australian Open 2020 India No 1 Prajnesh Gunneswaran advances to second round of qualifiers Ramkumar Ramanathan bows out

File image of Prajnesh Gunneswaran. Reuters

Prajnesh knocked out local wild card Harry Bourchier 6-2, 6-4 to set up a second-round clash with Germany's Yannick Hanfmann.

Ramkumar led against 15th seed Argentine before losing steam to suffer a 6-4, 4-6, 1-6 defeat to yet again collapse in the Qualifiers of a Grand Slam.

Prajnesh had last year competed in main draws of all four majors of the season.

Sumit Nagal, who enjoyed a breakthrough 2019 season, will open his campaign in the qualifiers against Egypt's Mohamed Safwat.

In the women's qualifiers, India's lone contender Ankita Raina went down fighting 2-6, 6-7(2) against Bulgaria's Viktoriya Tomova.

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