Prajnesh , Sumit, Ramkumar  , Mukund move into last 16 at  KPIT MSLTA  Challenger

Prajnesh , Sumit, Ramkumar  , Mukund move into last 16 at  KPIT MSLTA  Challenger


Pune , November 13 :  India No1 Prajnesh Gunneswaran ,  No2. Sumit Nagal ,  No3. Ramkumar Ramanathan ,  and No 4. SashiKumar Mukund scored contrasting wins to  move into the pre quarterfinals of the singles event  at the    KPIT MSLTA  Challenger a Challenger 80 series event which whill get under way at the MSLTA School of tennis courts at the Mhalunge Balewadi Sports Complex.India’s 20 year old Manish Sureshkumar already made it to the last sixteen ensuring 5 Indians will featrure in the Prequarterfinal matches tommorrow.

On a mixed  day for Indian players where top four players won  eight Indian  Players including 10th seeded Saketh Myneni  were ousted in the singles .

 Fighting his personal loss top seeded  Prajnesh Gunneswaran  took just 49 minutes to demolish Chandril Sood ( 6-1,6-3 , Third seeded  Sumit  Nagal  came back from 1-4 down in the second set to  stop a fighting Aryan Goveas  6-3,7-6(5) in 1 hour 16 minutes.  Sixth seeded Ramkumar Ramnathan hammered 8 aces on his way to a 6-3,6-4  win over   Greek player Markos  Kalovelonis .  Eighth seeded  Sasikumar Mukund set up the Indian quarter with a  lop sided 6-2,6-3 win over Japanese Doubles Specialist Toshide. Matsui .

In other matches involving Indians  Turkish  Ergi  Kirkin came back from a losing position to upset 10th seeded Saketh Myneni    3-6,7-5,6-4 in the longest match of the day . Saketh led 6-3, 4-2 before Kirkin made a comeback to take the second set  and lead 3-0 in third. Saketh clawed his way back to get the scores level at 4-4 but couldn’t keep the momentum and went down.


Fifteenth   Brydan Klein of Britian also came back from being down 2-4 in the third set to  end the challenge of  Siddarth  Rawat winning   6-1,3-6,6-4 in a 2 hour 2 minute match. Rawat who was up a break could’nt capatilise on the lead and went down narrrowly


Wild card Dhruv Sunish gave a good account of himself taking thirteenth seeded  Ivan  Nedelko of Russia to the ropes , But the experienced 33 year old Nedelko ranked 617 places above the 19 year old  Sunish prevailed  6-3,5-7,6-2 . Seventh seeded Roberto Ortega-Olmedo of Spain gave a lesson in tennis to young  Anniruddha. Chandrasekar winning 6-3,6-2

Twelfth seeded  Cem Ilkel of Turkey ended the lucky run of Alternate  Kaza Vinayak Sharma winning      6-2,6-1.  Fourteenth seed Dutchman Tim Van Rijthoven ended the Challenge of qualifier  Dalwinder  Singh 6-3,6-1 in less than a hour  


In one of the best matches of the day  wildcard Aryan Goveas justified the wildcard awarded to him as he gave good account of himself pushing the fancied Sumit Nagal to a tiebreak in the second set having lost the first set  3-6 , Goveas rushed to a 4-1 lead , but inexperience showed as he fumbled to let Nagal come back to make the score 4-4 .


Nagal broke Goveas in the 9th game to go up 5-4, Goveas broke back Nagal immediately to level scores at 5-5, Hold of serves by players saw a tiebreak . At 3-3 in the tiebreak Goveas showed his sporting side awarding a ace  to Nagal , which was called out , the momentum turned for Nagal who then snapped the set, Goveas lost the match but won the hearts of fair number of spectators who turned out for the match


Following are the Results ( 2nd Round)

[1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND)bt  Chandril Sood (IND) 6-1,6-3

[3] Sumit  Nagal (IND) bt  [WC] Aryan Goveas (IND)  6-3,7-6(5)
 [4] Steven Diez (CAN) bt Yusuke Takahashi (JPN) 6-2,6-2

[6] Ramkumar . Ramanathan (IND)  bt  Markos  Kalovelonis (GRE) 6-3,6-4

[7] Roberto Ortega-Olmedo (ESP) bt Anniruddha. Chandrasekar (IND)  6-3,6-2

 [8] Sasikumar Mukund (IND) vs Toshide. Matsui (JPN) 6-2,6-3
[9] Duckhee Lee (KOR) bt Aziz. Dougaz (TUN) 6-3,6-4
Ergi. Kirkin (TUR) vs [10] Saketh. Myneni (IND) 3-6,7-5,6-4
 [12] Cem Ilkel (TUR)  bt [Alt] Vinayak. Kaza (IND)  6-2,6-1
[13] Ivan. Nedelko (RUS) vs [WC] Dhruv. Sunish (IND) 6-3,5-7,6-2

[14] Tim. Van Rijthoven (NED ) bt   (Q] Dalwinder  Singh (IND)  

 (15] Brydan. Klein (GBR) bt Siddarth  Rawat (IND)  6-1,3-6,6-4


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