Pranjala finishes runner-up in Andijan; Prajnesh goes down to Istomin at BMW Open

Pranjala lost the final of the $25,000 ITF women's tennis tournament, while Prajnesh Gunneswaran lost in the second and final qualifying round of BMW Open in Munich.

Pranjala Yadlapalli with the runner-up trophy in the $25,000 ITF women's tennis tournament in Uzbekistan on Sunday.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Fourth seed Pranjala Yadlapalli failed to capitalise on a dream start and was beaten 0-6, 6-1, 6-3 by qualifier Kamilla Rakhimovaof Russia in the final of the $25,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament in Andijan, Uzbekistan, on Sunday.

After a whirlwind start, when she won the first seven games, Pranjala lost the next eight games, after fighting hard in many games.

However, at 2-2 in the decider, Kamilla saved three break points to hold serve for 3-2. In the next game, Pranjala dropped serve on the fourth break point after having missed a game point along the way.

Thereafter, Kamilla tightened her hold over the proceedings and did not give any scope for recovery for Pranjala.

The loss in the final apart when she was ready to add to her two similar titles won last year, it was a big morale booster for the 20-year-old Pranjala, as it was only her third tournament, after having missed four months owing to an injury.

The 283rd ranked Pranjala had lost in the second round in two tournaments in Japan, prior to the event in Uzbekistan.

Meanwhile, in the €586,140 ATP Tour event in Munich, the 75th ranked Prajnesh Gunneswaran was beaten 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the second and final qualifying round by the 106th ranked Denis Istomin, the former world No. 33 who has reached the pre-quarterfinals of the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

Prajnesh, who had earlier fought his way past Alexander Erler of Austria 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-5 collected six ATP points for his efforts.

The results

€586,140 ATP, Munich, Germany
Qualifying singles (second and final round): Denis Istomin (Uzb) bt
Prajnesh Gunneswaran 4-6, 6-2, 6-2; First round: Prajnesh Gunneswaran bt Alexander Erler (Aut) 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-5.

$25,000 ITF women, Andijan, Uzbekistan
Singles (final): Kamilla Rakhimova (Rus) bt Pranjala Yadlapalli 0-6, 6-1, 6-3.

$25,000 ITF men, Abuja, Nigeria
Doubles (final): Dan Added (Fra) & Michail Pervolarakis (Gre) bt Arjun
Kadhe & Vijay Sundar Prashanth 6-4, 6-4.