US Open Qualifiers: India’s Singles Challenge Ends With Prajnesh Gunneswaran’s Defeat


India’s singles challenge came to an end at the US Open qualifiers after Prajnesh Gunneswaran was handed a straight-set defeat by American Christopher Eubanks in the second round.

Indias Singles Challenge Ends With Prajnesh Gunneswarans Defeat In US Open Qualifiers
US Open Qualifiers: Prajnesh Gunneswaran lost his second round match to Christopher Eubanks.© AFP

The world no. 156 Indian, who was looking to make his second appearance in the US Open main draw, went down 3-6, 4-6 to Eubanks, ranked 216th, in a 50-minute showdown on Thursday night. The 31-year-old Gunneswaran had qualified for the main draw in 2019. The two other Indian players in fray in the men’s singles qualifiers, Sumit Nagal and Ramkumar Ramanathan, made opening-round exits earlier this week.

Nagal lost 5-7, 6-4, 3-6 to Argentina’s Juan Pablo Ficovich while Ramkumar frittered away a one-set advantage to lose 6-4, 6-7(1), 4-6 to Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy.

Ankita Raina was also ousted from the tournament after losing her first round match in women’s singles qualifiers 3-6, 6-2, 4-6 to American Jamie Loeb.

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