Prajnesh Gunneswaran in Challenger tourney quarters

In the quarterfinals, Prajnesh will be up against Edan Leshem of Israel who bounced back from a slow start to beat Vishnu Vardhan in three sets.

Prajnesh Gunneswaran got past Yaraslav Shyla of Belarus in the pre-quarterfinals of the Challenger tennis tournament in Uzbekistan on Thursday.   -  AFP

Davis Cupper Prajnesh Gunneswaran got past Yaraslav Shyla of Belarus in the pre-quarterfinals of the $75,000 Challenger tennis tournament in Uzbekistan on Thursday.

Prajnesh led 6-4, 3-1 when the Belarussian retired. In the quarterfinals, Prajnesh will be up against Edan Leshem of Israel who bounced back from a slow start to beat Vishnu Vardhan in three sets.

Vishnu, however, made the doubles final with Sriram Balaji, without any effort, as the duo got a walkover from Vladyslav Manafov and Yaraslav Shyla of Belarus.

Top seed Sumit Nagal sailed into the quarterfinals of the $15,000 ITF Futures in Colombo, but the top seeded Indian doubles pair of Chandril Sood and Lakshit Sood was beaten in the semifinals.

In the $25,000 ITF women’s event in Uzbekistan, Dhruthi Venugopal and Karman Kaur Thandi stormed into the doubles semifinals.

The results:

$75,000 Challenger men, Fergana, Uzbekistan

Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Prajnesh Gunneswaran bt Yaraslav Shyla (Blr) 6-4, 3-1 (retired); Edan Leshem (Isr) bt Vishnu Vardhan 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Doubles (semifinals): Sriram Balaji & Vishnu Vardhan w.o. Vladyslav Manafov & Yaraslav Shyla (Blr).

€43,000 Challenger men, Blois, France

Doubles (quarterfinals): Sander Arends (Ned) & Hsien-Yin Peng (Tpe) bt Alexey Vatutin (Rus) & Ramkumar Ramanathan 7-6(4), 6-3.

$15,000 ITF men, Hong Kong

Singles (quarterfinals): Yuki Mochizuki (Jpn) bt Karunuday Singh 3-6, 6-1, 6-0.

Doubles (quarterfinals): Francis Casey Alcantara (Phi) & Karunuday Singh bt Yutaro Matsuzaki & Masato Shiga (Jpn) 6-2, 6-2.

$15,000 ITF men, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Singles (quarterfinals): Sumit Nagal bt Davide Galoppini (Ita) 6-3, 6-2; Carlos Boluda-Purkiss (Esp) bt SD Prajwal Dev 2-6, 7-5, 2-1 (retired).

Doubles (semiifnals): Nicholas Bybell (US) & Giovani Samaha (Lib) bt Chandril Sood & Lakshit Sood 5-7, 6-4, 10-7.

$15,000 ITF men, Hua Hin, Thailand

Singles (quarterfinals): Sidharth Rawat bt Ryota Tanuma (Jpn) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.

$15,000 ITF men, Harare, Zimbabwe

Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Aryan Goveas bt William Bushamuka (US) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2; Jonathan Kanar (Fra) bt JJayesh Pungliya 6-1, 6-0; Matias Franco Descotte (Arg) bt Dhruv Sunish 6-3, 6-1.

Doubles (quarterfinals): Thomas Setodji (Fra) & Cesar Testoni (Reu) bt Aryan Goveas & Jayesh Pungliya 6-4, 4-6, 13-11.

$25,000 ITF women, Fergana, Uzbekistan

Singles (pre-quuarterfinals): Valeriya Strakhova (Ukr) bt Natasha Palha 6-1, 6-0; Nigina Abduraimova (Uzb) bt Dhruthi Venugopal 6-3, 6-3.

Doubles (quarterfinals): Dhruthi Venugopal & Karman Kaur Thandi bt Varvara Kuznetsova & Diana Shevchenko (Rus) 6-1, 6-0.