Kaohsiung Challenger: Prajnesh Gunneswaran moves into round of 16

Prajnesh Gunneswaran beat Japanese Shuichi Sekiguchi in straight sets to qualify for the round of 16.

Prajnesh Gunneswaran beat Japanese Shuichi Sekiguchi in the second round. (file photo)   -  R. Ragu

Second seed Prajnesh Gunneswaran sailed into the pre-quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Shuichi Sekiguchi of Japan in the second round of the Kaohsiung Challenger on Tuesday.

In the first round, Sasi Kumar Mukund was at his fighting best as he made light of a mid match slump to beat Goncalo Oliveira 7-6(8), 3-6, 7-6(6). Mukund converted two breakpoints to three by his opponent. He won 114 points to 116 by his opponent, but Mukund won the points that mattered in the climax.

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In the $500,000 WTA event in Guangzhou, Ankita Raina was beaten in the second and final qualifying round by Magdalena Frech of Poland 6-1, 6-1.

In the ITF men’s Futures in Cairo, Dhruv Sunish combined with Muzammil Murtaza of Pakistan to beat top seeds Lenny Hampel of Austria and Aryan Goveas in straight sets.

The results

$500,000 WTA, Guangzhou, China Qualifying singles (second and final round): Magdalena Frech (Pol) bt Ankita Raina 6-1, 6-1; First round: Ankita Raina bt Sachia Vickery (US) 6-3, 6-2

$162,480 Challenger, Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei Singles (second round): Prajnesh Gunneswaran bt Shuichi Sekiguchi (Jpn) 6-3, 6-2; First round: Sasi Kumar Mukund bt Goncalo Oliveira 7-6(8), 3-6, 7-6(6)

$15,000 ITF men, Nanchang, China Singles (first round): Anirudh Chandrasekar bt Aliaksandr Liaonenka (Blr) 6-3, 6-4

$15,000 ITF men, Cairo, Egypt Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Muzammil Murtaza (Pak) & Dhruv Sunish bt Lenny Hampel (Aut) & Aryan Goveas 6-3, 6-4

$15,000 ITF women, Tabarka, Tunisia Singles (first round): Alessandra Simone (Ita) bt Humera Shaik 6-1, 6-1; Diana Chehoudi (Ned) bt Jennifer Luikham 6-2, 6-1; Alice Gillan (GBR) bt Niditra Rajmohan 6-1, 6-1; Katharina Hering (Ger) bt Bhuvana Kalva 6-1, 6-1

$15,000 ITF women, Cairo, Egypt Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Sathwika Sama & Saumya Vig bt Bojana Marinkovic (Srb) & Anastasia Zolotareva (Rus) 6-1, 6-2; Tamara Milosevic (Srb) & Avika Sagwal bt Margarita Lazareva & Anna Makhorikina (Rus) 2-6, 6-4, [10-8]