Prajnesh bows out in quarterfinals of China challenger

Prajnesh Gunneswaran was beaten 6-3, 6-4 by Steven Diez of Canada in the quarterfinals of the $162,480 Challenger tennis tournament in Ningbo, China.

Prajnesh Gunneswaran was beaten 6-3, 6-4 by Steven Diez of Canada in the quarterfinals. (File photo)   -  R. Ragu

Top seed Prajnesh Gunneswaran was beaten 6-3, 6-4 by Steven Diez of Canada in the quarterfinals of the $162,480 Challenger tennis tournament in Ningbo, China, on Friday.

Prajnesh had to be content with 25 ATP points and $4,380.

In the $100,000 ITF women’s event in Suzhou, China, Ankita Raina was beaten by fourth seed Lin Zhu of China 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals, but made the doubles final with Rosalie van der Hoek of the Netherlands.

In the $25,000 ITF women’s event in Lagos, Nigeria, former national champion Riya Bhatia beat the top seed Seone Mendez of Australia 4-6, 6-0, 6-0, and was joined in the semifinals by compatriot Rutuja Bhosale who outplayed Sandra Samir for the loss of two games.

The results:

$162,480 Challenger, Ningbo, China

Singles (quarterfinals): Steven Diez (Can) bt Prajnesh Gunneswaran 6-3, 6-4.

$25,000 ITF men, Lagos, Nigeria

Doubles (quarterfinals): William Bushamuka (US) & Aryan Goveas bt Jatin Dahiya & Dhruv Sunish 4-6, 6-1, [10-4].

$15,000 ITF men, Doha, Qatar

Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Tom Kocevar-Desman (Slo) bt Rishab Agarwal 6-4, 7-5.

$100,000 ITF women, Suzhou, China

Singles (quarterfinals): LinZhu (Chn) bt Ankita Raina 6-4, 6-4.

Doubles (semifinals): Rosalie van der Hoek (Ned) & Ankita Raina bt Jovana Jaksic & Natalija Kostic (Srb) 4-6, 7-5, [10-8].

$25,000 ITF women, Lagos, Nigeria

Singles (quarterfinals): Riya Bhatia bt Seone Mendez (Aus) 4-6, 6-0, 6-0; Rutuja Bhosale bt Sandra Samir (Egy) 6-2, 6-0.