Tennis: Prajnesh Gunneswaran in pre-quarterfinals

In the ITF men’s Futures in Kuala Lumpur, national championship runner-up Suraj Prabodh beat eighth seed Karunuday Singh in three sets. Arjun Kadhe battled for nearly three hours in beating Ken Onishi of Japan 6-7(3), 6-0, 7-6(3).

Davis Cupper Prajnesh Gunneswaran beat qualifier Miliaan Niesten of the Netherlands 6-0, 6-4 in the $75,000 Challenger tennis tournament in China on Tuesday.   -  AFP

Davis Cupper Prajnesh Gunneswaran warmed up for the tough second round against top seed Mikhail Youzhny of Russia with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over qualifier Miliaan Niesten of the Netherlands in the $75,000 Challenger tennis tournament in China on Tuesday.

The former world No.8, the 35-year-old Youzhny has been competing in the Challengers, winning five of them in the last two seasons, including back to back titles last fortnight to reach a rank of 87. Youzhny had played Sumit Nagal for a tough three-set victory in the first round on way to the title in the Challenger last week in Ho Chi Minh City.

In the ITF men’s Futures in Kuala Lumpur, national championship runner-up Suraj Prabodh beat eighth seed Karunuday Singh in three sets. Arjun Kadhe battled for nearly three hours in beating Ken Onishi of Japan 6-7(3), 6-0, 7-6(3).

The results:

$75,000 Challenger men, Shenzhen, China: Singles (first round): Prajnesh Gunneswaran bt Miliaan Niesten (Ned) 6-0, 6-4.

$15,000 ITF men, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt: Qualifying singles (third and final round): Finn Bass (GBR) bt Alex Solanki 7-6(7), 7-5.

$15,000 ITF men, Meshref, Kuwait: Singles (first round): Benjaminn Lock (Zim) bt Anirudh Chandrasekar 6-3, 6-1; Abdulhamid Mubarak (Kuw) bt PC Vignesh 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-3.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Chandril Sood & Lakshit Sood bt Anirudh Chandrasekar & PC Vignesh 6-3, 6-3.

$15,000 ITF men, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Singles (first round): Suraj Prabodh bt Karunuday Singh 6-2, 3-6, 6-4; Arjun Kadhe bt Ken Onishi (Jpn) 6-7(3), 6-0, 7-6(3); Sidharth Rawat bt Rio Noguchi (Jpn) 6-4, 7-5.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinalls): Yuichi Ito (Jpn) & Nutthanon Kadchapanan (Tha) bt Christian Didier Chin (Mas) & Nitin Kumar Sinha 6-2, 7-5.