Australian Open 2020: Prajnesh Gunneswaran comes from set down to advance to final round of qualifying; Sumit Nagal crashes out

India's top-ranked singles player Prajnesh Gunneswaran is one win away from sealing a place in the Australian Open main draw after progressing to the final round of the qualifiers but it was curtains for compatriot Sumit Nagal.

Press Trust of India January 16, 2020 16:37:31 IST
Australian Open 2020: Prajnesh Gunneswaran comes from set down to advance to final round of qualifying; Sumit Nagal crashes out
  • India's top-ranked singles player Prajnesh Gunneswaran is one win away from sealing a place in the Australian Open main draw after progressing to the final round of the qualifiers but it was curtains for compatriot Sumit Nagal

  • Prajnesh, ranked 122 in the world, had to battle it out for one hour and 22 minutes to get past Yannick Hanfmann of Germany 1-6, 6-2, 6-1

  • Meanwhile, Nagal, seeded 21st in the qualifiers, was shown the door by Mohamed Safwat of Egypt 7-6(2), 6-2 after a one hour and 28 minute contest

Melbourne: India's top-ranked singles player Prajnesh Gunneswaran is one win away from sealing a place in the Australian Open main draw after progressing to the final round of the qualifiers but it was curtains for compatriot Sumit Nagal on Thursday.

Australian Open 2020 Prajnesh Gunneswaran comes from set down to advance to final round of qualifying Sumit Nagal crashes out

File image of India's Prajnesh Gunneswaran. AFP

Prajnesh, ranked 122 in the world, had to battle it out for one hour and 22 minutes to get past Yannick Hanfmann of Germany 1-6, 6-2, 6-1.

Prajnesh, seeded 17th in the qualifiers, will take on either Federico Coria of Argentina or Ernests Gulbis of Latvia in the final round.

The Indian defeated local wild card Harry Bourchier 6-2, 6-4 in the opening round.

Earlier in the day, Nagal suffered a straight-set loss in the first round to crash out of the men's singles qualifiers.

Nagal, seeded 21st in the qualifiers, was shown the door by Mohamed Safwat of Egypt 7-6(2), 6-2 after a one hour and 28 minute contest.

Ramkumar Ramanathan on Tuesday made an early exit along with lone Indian contender in the women's singles qualifier, Ankita Raina.

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