Jinan Open: Prajnesh fails to Go past Soeda, Divij makes doubles final

Go Soeda of Japan got the better of India's Prajnesh Gunneswaran in the Jinan Challenger quarterfinals, while another Indian Divij Sharan, along with Matthew Ebden of Australia, made the doubles final at the tournament.

Prajnesh Gunneswaran lost 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-3 to Go Soeda of Japan in the quarterfinals of the Jinan Challenger tennis tournament.   -  R. Ragu

Top seed Prajnesh Gunneswaran was beaten 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-3 by Go Soeda of Japan in the quarterfinals of the $162,480 Challenger tennis tournament in Jinan, China, on Friday.

It was the second victory in three meetings for the Japanese against the 88th ranked Prajnesh, who had beaten him in the quarterfinals of the Bangkok Challenger earlier this season.

Prajnesh won 102 points in the match to 100 by his opponent. Both the players broke serve thrice, but the Japanese did at the crunch to turn the tide in his favour. Prajnesh collected 25 ATP points and $4,380.

In the doubles semifinals, Divij Sharan, seeded No.1 with Matthew Ebden of Australia, beat Saketh Myneni and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan in straight sets. The top seeds will play the Koreans Nam Ji Sung and Song Min-Kyu in the final.

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In the ITF men’s Futures in Thailand, fourth seed Sidharth Rawat setup a semifinal against top seed Dayne Kelly of Australia, with a 7-6(1), 6-1 victory over George Loffhagen of Britain. Former Asian junior champion, Nitin Kumar Sinha, however, failed to capitalise on a good start and lost in three sets to sixth seed Makoto Ochi of Japan.

In the $60,000 ITF women’s event in China, Rutuja Bhosale made the doubles final with Erika Sema of Japan. The second seeds will play the top seeds Xinyu Jiang and Qianhui Tang of China in the final.

THE RESULTS:

$162,480 Challenger, Jinan, China

Singles (quarterfinals): Go Soeda (Jpn) beat Prajnesh Gunneswaran 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-3.

Doubles (semifinals): Matthew Ebden (Aus) & Divij Sharan beat Saketh Myneni & Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan 6-4, 6-2.

$15,000 ITF men, Hua Hin, Thailand

Singles (quarterfinals): Sidharth Rawat beat George Loffhagen (GBR)7-6(1), 6-1; Makoto Ochi (Jpn) beat Nitin Kumar Sinha 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.

$60,000 ITF women, Changsha, China

Doubles (semifinals): Xinyu Jiang & Qianhui Tang (Chn) beat Jessy Rompies (Ina) & Prarthana Thombare 7-5, 6-4; Erika Sema (Jpn) & Rutuja Bhosale beat Jia-Qi Kang (Chn) & Peangtarn Plipuech (Tha) 7-6(4), 6-2.

$15,000 ITF women, Tabarka, Tunisia

Doubles (quarterfinals): Nadia Echeverria Alam (Ven) & Anna Popescu (GBR) beat Coralie Garrigues (Fra) & Likhitha Kalava 6-3, 6-3.