Prajnesh leaps to career-best ranking of 176

Prajnesh Gunneswaran has soared to a career-best ranking of 176 after the southpaw clinched his first Challenger title on Sunday.

Prajnesh is the third Indian in the top-200 after Yuki Bhambri and Ramkumar Ramanathan.   -  V. Sreenivasa Murthy

India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran leapfrogged 84 places to a career-best singles rank of 176 on Monday, following his maiden title-triumph on the ATP Challenger circuit. Sunday’s win in Anning in China gave the southpaw 125 points, pushing him inside top-200 for the first time in his career.

Yuki Bhambri leads India’s chart at number 85, a loss of two places, and is followed by Ramkumar Ramanathan (120, -5). The next best Indians are Sumit Nagal (225, -6), Arjun Kadhe (397, +1) and Sasi Kumar Mukund, who jumped 98 places to 418.

In the doubles department, Rohan Bopanna lost a spot to fall to 23 while Divij Sharan also lost two places to be placed 43. Also sliding down was Leander Paes, who is now ranked 50 (-2).

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In the WTA rankings, Ankita Raina, further improved her career-best rank and is now placed 193 (+2),followed by Karman Kaur Thandi at 267.

In women’s doubles, out of action Sania Mirza was static at number 24 while Prarthana Thombare dropped to 164 after losing 16 spots.

Nadal remains on top

Spaniard Rafael Nadal maintained his top-spot after clinching his 11th Barcelona Open title on Sunday. Nadal brushed aside 19-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-1 to take the winners cheque.

ATP rankings on April 30:

1. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 8,770 pts

2. Roger Federer (SUI) 8,670

3. Alexander Zverev (GER) 5,195

4. Marin Cilic (CRO) 4,985

5. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 4,950

6. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) 4,470

7. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 3,545

8. Kevin Anderson (RSA) 3,390

9. John Isner (USA) 3,125

10. David Goffin (BEL) 3,020

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