Prajnesh Gunneswaran in irrepressible form

Gunneswaran blanked his Chinese opponent Yecong He 6-1,6-0 to qualify for the quarterfinals of $25,000 ITF men’s tennis tournament in China.

Prajnesh Gunneswaran looked in fine form as he cruised into the quarterfinals of the $25,000 ITF men’s tennis tournament in China.   -  AFP

Davis Cupper Prajnesh Gunneswaran was in irrepressible form as he outclassed Yecong He of China 6-1, 6-0 in the pre-quarterfinal of the $25,000 ITF men’s tennis tournament in China on Wednesday.

Compatriot Karunuday Singh joined Prajnesh into the singles quarterfinals but fell 8-10 in the super tie-break of the doubles quarterfinal in partnership with Aooran Wang of China.

In the Challenger in Italy, Ramkumar Ramanathan lost 9-11 in the doubles pre-quarterfinal with Aldin Setkic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the super tie-break to the third seeds Marin Draganja and Tomislav Draganja of Croatia. He will play the singles pre-quarterfinal against seventh seed Salvatore Caruso of Italy.

In Colombo, Sumit Nagal cruised into the quarterfinals, and was followed by Sidharth Rawat and VM Ranjeet while Asian junior champion Nitin Kumar Sinha and Manish Sureshkumar lost in the second round.

Nitin Kumar Sinha did well to make the doubles semifinals in partnership with Abhinav Sanjeev Shanmugam.

In the ITF women’s event in Egypt, Sri Vaishnavi Peddi Reddy and Pranjala Yadlapalli knocked out the top seeds Jacqueline Cabaj Awad of Sweden and Ekaterina Yashina of Russia 6-3, 6-3 in the doubles pre-quarterfinals.

The results:

€43,000 Challenger, Recanti, Italy
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Marin Draganja & Tomislav Draganja (Cro) bt Aldin Setkic (Bih) & Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-4, 2-6, 11-9.

$25,000 ITF men, Shenzhen, China
Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Prajnesh Gunneswaran bt Yecong He (Chn) 6-1, 6-0; Karunuday Singh bt Xin Gao (Chn) 6-3, 6-2.

Doubles (quarterfinals): Sergey Betov & Dzmitry Zhyrmong (Blr) bt Aoran Wang (Chn) & Karunuday Singh 6-1, 6-7(6), 10-8.

$15,000 ITF men, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Sumit Nagal bt Mikhail Korovin (Rus) 6-1, 1-0 (retired); Sidharth Rawat bt Anirudh Chandrasekar 6-3, 6-1; Yurii Dzhavakian (Ukr) bt Nitin Kumar Sinha 7-5, 6-3; VM Ranjeet bt Alexander Zhurbin (Rus) 7-6(5), 6-2; Peter Goldsteiner (Aut) bt Manish
Sureshkumar 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-4.

Doubles (quarterfinals): Chandril Sood & Lakshit Sood bt Isa Mammetgulyyev (Tkm) & VM Ranjeet 6-2 (retired); Abhinav Sanjeev Shanmugam & Nitin Kumar Sinha bt Yasitha De Silva & Nishangan Nadaraja (Sri) 6-3, 6-4; Hady Habib (US) & Ankit Chopra w.o. Philip Bachmaier & Peter Goldsteiner (Aut).

$15,000 ITF women, Anning, China
Doubles (quarterfinals): Shou Na Mu & Mi Zhuoma You (Chn) bt Sowjanya Bavisetti & Rishika Sunkara 3-4 (retired).

$15,000 ITF women, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Sri Vaishnavi Peddi Reddy & Pranjala Yadlapalli bt Jacqueline Cabaj Awad (Swe) & Ekaterina Yashina (Rus) 6-3, 6-3; Angelina Zhuravleva (Rus) & Kanika Vaidya bt Adele Diana Biba & Agnes Omella Biba (Cmr) 6-0, 6-0; Linda Prenkovic (Ger) &
Tanisha Rohira w.o. Linnea Malmqvist & Brenda Njuki (Swe).