Prajnesh Gunneswaran loses Cary Challenger final

Prajnesh Gunneswaran went down in the final of the Cary Challenger final to American Denis Kudla.

Prajnesh Gunneswaran

Prajnesh Gunneswaran beat Jack Sock and Thomaz Bellucci on his way to the final of the Cary Challenger.   -  R. Ragu

India's Prajnesh Gunneswaran lost the final of the Cary Challenger in North Carolina after a 6-3, 3-6, 0-6 defeat to second seed Denis Kudla of America on Sunday.

Fourth seed Prajnesh progressed to the final after receiving a walkover from Mikael Torpegaard, while Kudla beat third seed Daniel Galan 6-7 (8), 6-1, 6-4 to reach the summit clash.

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The 31-year-old Indian claimed two massive wins on his way to the final. He first got past former top-10 player Jack Sock in an energy-sapping 6-7 (3), 6-2, 7-6(5) win in the pre-quarterfinal.

Prajnesh then followed it up with another come-from-behind win over Thomaz Bellucci in the quarterfinal.

This was Prajnesh’s seventh Challenger finals. The 31-year-old Indian has won two title -- Anning (China, April 2018) and Bengaluru (November 2018).

The result:

Cary Challenger, US

Singles (final): Prajnesh Gunneswaran lost to Denis Kudla 6-3, 3-6, 0-6