By Vatsal Tolasaria – 22nd April, 2019
This week saw a huge Indian contingent take part in the ATP Anning Challenger taking place in China on clay, with the likes of Prajnesh, Ramkumar, Saketh, etc taking part. On the women’s side, Ankita was taking a week off and is going to be back at the women’s spinoff event at Anning this week.
Prajnesh finishes RU in Anning, up to CHR of 75
Prajnesh Gunneswaran had an impressive run to the final in Anning, the place where he had won the first Challenger title of his career last year. The high altitude conditions, with extremely windy weather, made it tough for the players.
With his run to the finals, Prajnesh is up to a career high ATP ranking of 75 this week, just two short of Leander Paes’ career high ranking of 73.
Ramkumar Ramanathan, meanwhile, lost in the QF to Polish Kamil Majchrzak. All our doubles pairs failed to make a mark this week too, although they’ll be back at the Nanchang Challenger this week.
ATP $162K+H Anning Challenger 2019, China
[R2] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,82) d Saketh Myneni (IND,256) 6-2 6-4
[R3] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,82) d (15) A. Pavlasek (CZE,211) 7-5 6-3
[QF] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,80) d (10) Nikola Milojevic (SRB,164) 7-5 6-3
[SF] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,80) d (3) Kamil Majchrzak (POL,130) 7-6(5) 6-7(3) 6-4
[F] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,80) lost to (14) Jay Clarke (GBR,214) 4-6 3-6
Rawat/Sureshkumar RU at Shymkent, Kazakhstan
The pair of Siddharth Rawat and Manish Sureshkumar finished as runners-up at the ITF $25K doubles event in Shymkent, Kazakhstan.