Prajnesh Gunneswaran advances in qualifying round in Miami

Prajnesh Gunneswaran outplayed Adrian Menendez-Maceiras of Spain 6-2, 6-4 in the first qualifying round of the ATP-1000 tennis tournament in Miami.

Prajnesh Gunneswaran is currently India's No.1 player with career-best ranking of 84 (File photo).   -  M. Vedhan

Prajnesh Gunneswaran performed in sync with his new found status as the country’s No.1 and a career-best ranking of 84, as he outplayed Adrian Menendez-Maceiras of Spain 6-2, 6-4 in the first qualifying round of the ATP-1000 tennis tournament in Miami.

Sasi Kumar Mukund had a good start as he outclassed Baptiste Crepatte of France 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of the $54,160 Challenger in China.

Ankita Raina sailed into the second round of the $25,000 ITF event in Japan, with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Zhang Yuxuan of China.

The results:

$9,314,875 ATP-1000, Miami, US

Qualifying singles (first round): Prajnesh Gunneswaran bt Adrian Menendez-Maceiras (Esp) 6-2, 6-4.

$54,160 Challenger, Zhangjiagang, China

Singles (first round): Sasi Kumar Mukund bt Baptiste Crepatte (Fra) 6-2, 6-1.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Hans Hach Verdugo (Mex) & Sriram Balaji bt Harri Heliovaara (Fin) & Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (Chi) 7-5, 6-7(3), [10-8].

$15,000 ITF men, Mornington, Australia

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Aaron Addison (Aus) & Karunuday Singh bt Masayoshi Ono (Jpn) & Joseph Van Meter (US) 6-2, 6-4.

$15,000 ITF men, Manama, Bahrain

Singles (first round): Vijay Sundar Prashanth bt Elyas Abdulnabi (Brn) 6-2, 6-2.

$15,000 ITF men, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Pavel Shumeiko (Ukr) & Davide Tortora 9Ita) bt Adam Bronka (Aus) & Haadin Bava 6-4, 7-6(3); Giovvani Samaha (Lbn) & Aryan Goveas bt Luca Staehelli & Yannik Steinegger (Sui) 6-2, 7-6(5).

$25,000 ITF women, Kofu, Japan

Singles (first round): Ankita Raina bt Zhang Yuxuan (Chn) 6-3, 6-2.

$15,000 ITF women, Xiamen, China

Qualifying singles (second and final round): Ashmitha Easwarammurthi bt Hongding Dong (Chn) 6-3, 6-4.