Prajnesh Gunneswaran to take on Denis Kudla in Cary Challenger final

Prajnesh Gunneswaran got a walkover from Mikael Torpegaard to advance to the final of the Cary Challenger, where he will face Denis Kudla.

Prajnesh Gunneswaran

Prajnesh Gunneswaran will face second seed Denis Kudla in the final of the Cary Challenger.   -  R. Ragu

Fourth seed Prajnesh Gunneswaran progressed to the final of the Cary Challenger in North Carolina after receiving a walkover from Mikael Torpegaard of the Denmark in the semifinal on Saturday.

Prajnesh will take on second seeded American Denis Kudla in the final. 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. The Indian southpaw had recovered from being 1-5 down in the deciding tie-break to claim a 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(5) victory.

The results:

Cary Challenger, US

Singles (semifinals): Prajnesh Gunneswaran w.o. Mikael Torpegaard (Den); Quarterfinals: Prajnesh Gunneswaran bt Thomaz Bellucci (Bra) 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(5).