Prajnesh touches career-best 146, Yuki drops out of top-100

Following a runner-up finish at the Ningbo Challenger, Prajnesh Gunneswaran has soared to a career-best ranking of 146 in the latest ATP rankings released on Monday.

Prajnesh Gunneswaran jumped 24 places to 146.   -  V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Yuki Bhambri has dropped out of the top-100, while compatriot Prajnesh Gunneswaran has soared to a career-best ranking of 146 in the latest ATP rankings released on Monday.

Bhambri was on the edge of the top-100 when he lost his first round at the European Open in Antwerp last week and has now dropped seven places to 107. He had returned to top-100 in April this year after spending 26 months outside the bracket.

Southpaw Prajnesh, who lost the Ningbo Challenger final to Thomas Fabbiano on Sunday, jumped 24 places to 146.

“It was a very tough match for both of us. We played a high quality match for the most part. To put it plainly, I can’t win if I don’t convert break points. I don’t think I took enough chances when I had the opportunity,” Prajnesh said.

“Overall, it was a good tournament. Fabbiano deserved to win as he played better than me at crucial moments. I wish the outcome had been in my favour but I guess it was just not on the cards. I should have played better in the third set,” he added.

Ramkumar Ramanathan gained a place to be ranked 124 and is followed by Sumit Nagal (312) and Saketh Myneni (316, +10) and Arjun Kadhe (356).

In the doubles category, Rohan Bopanna remains at 30 and is followed by Divij Sharan (39, -1), Leander Paes (62, -1), Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (75, -2) and Purav Raja (88, +3).

In the WTA rankings, Ankita Raina broke back to the top-200, gaining six places to be at number 195. Karman Kaur Thandi was unchanged at 215 while Pranjala Yadlapalli leapfrogged 60 places to a career-best 280.

The 19-year-old Yadlapalli had won back-to-back ITF USD 25000 events in Lagos, Nigeria.