Prajnesh in Challenger quarterfinals

It was the fourth win for the 28-year-old Prajnesh in as many meetings over the 205th ranked Safwat.

File Photo: Prajnesh will face third seed Thomas Fabbiano of Italy in the quarterfinals   -  V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Prajnesh Gunneswaran extended his run of wins over Mohamed Safwat of Egypt with a 6-4, 6-4 victory in the pre-quarterfinals of the $50,000 Challenger tennis tournament in China on Wednesday.

It was the fourth win for the 28-year-old Prajnesh in as many meetings over the 205th ranked Safwat. As luck would have it, in the quarterfinals, Prajnesh will face third seed Thomas Fabbiano of Italy who had won a close three-setter against him in the final last week in Ningbo.

In the Challenger in France, top seed Leander Paes in partnership with Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela of Mexico reached the doubles quarterfinals with a 4-6, 6-4, 10-7 victory over Gerard Granollers and Enrique Lopez Perez of Spain.

In the ITF women’s event in Egypt, qualifier Vaidehi Chaudhari knocked out fifth seed Jelena Stojanovic of Australia 6-3, 2-6, 6-0 in the first round.

The results:

€ 106,000 Challenger men, Brest, France Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela (Mex) & Leander Paes bt Gerard Granollers & Enrique Lopez Perez (Esp) 4-6, 6-4, [10-7].

$50,000 Challenger men, Liuzhou, China Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Prajnesh Gunneswaran bt Mohamed Safwat (Egy) 6-4, 6-4.

$25,000 ITF women, Nanning, China Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Katie Swan (GBR) & Karman Kaur Thandi bt Chen Jiahui & Sheng Yuqi (Chn) 4-6, 6-1, [10-5].

$15,000 ITF women, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Singles (first round): Vaidehi Chaudhari bt Jelena Stojanovic (Aus) 6-3, 2-6, 6-0.

$15,000 ITF women, Monastir, Tunisia Singlles (first round): Coralie Garrigues (Fra