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Prajnesh advances to Charlottesville Challenger quarterfinal

Prajnesh Gunneswaran, India’s top-ranked tennis star, defeated Inaki Montes-De La Torre of Spain 6-1, 7-5 to reach the quarterfinal of the Charlottesville Challenger on Thursday. Prajnesh will take on Canada’s Brayden Schnur in Friday’s quarterfinal.

The Indian broke serve twice to pocket the first set 6-1 in quick time. La Torre broke Prajnesh’s serve to make it 3-3 n the second but could not ride the momentum as Prajnesh returned the favour in the 11th game and sealed a comfortable win.

Ramkumar Ramanathan, India’s second-highest ranked tennis player at 187, also made the quarterfinal of the Challenger Eckental in Germany by beating Maximilian Marterer 7-5, 7-6(4). He will taken on Germany’s Daniel Masur next.

The results:

$52,080 Challenger, Charlottesville, US
Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Prajnesh Gunneswaran bt Inaki Montes-De La Torre (Esp) 6-1, 7-5.

Doubles (quarterfinals): Jason Jung (Tpe) & Christopher Rungkat (Ina) bt Dmitry Popko (Kaz) & Arjun Kadhe 6-2, 7-5.

€44,820 Challenger, Eckental, Germany
Singles (pre-quarterfinals): Ramkumar Ramanathan bt Maximilian Marterer (Ger) 7-5, 7-6(4).

Doubles (quarterfinals): Roman Jebavy (Cze) & Jonny O’Mara (GBR) bt Viktor Vlad Cornea (Rou) & Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-4, 6-4

€44,820 Challenger, Tenerife, Spain
Doubles (quarterfinals): Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan & Purav Raja bt Ivan Marrero Curbelo (Esp) & Hillel Rousseau (Hai) 3-6, 7-5, [10-6]

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