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Prajnesh in third round

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Mixed day for Ramkumar

Top seed Prajnesh Gunneswaran cruised past qualifier Renta Tokuda of Japan 6-2, 6-2 in the second round of the $162,480 Challenger tennis tournament here on Wednesday.

In doubles, Saketh Myneni and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan made the quarterfinals, while Sriram Balaji and Vishnu Vardhan lost their way from a winning position against Hiroki Moriya and Goncalo Oliveira.

In the Challenger in France, Ramkumar Ramanathan lost to Daniel Masur of Germany in the second round of singles after a bye, but made the doubles quarterfinals with Evgeny Karlovskiy of Russia, past fourth seeds, the Sabanov twins from Croatia, Ivan and Matej.

In the $60,000 ITF women’s event in China, Rutuja Bhosale beat Meiqi Guo of China in three sets to set up a pre-quarterfinal against top seed Nina Stojanovic of Serbia.

The results:

$162,480 Challenger, Jinan: Second round: Prajnesh Gunneswaran bt Renta Tokuda (Jpn) 6-2, 6-2; Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Saketh Myneni & Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan bt Shintaro Imai & Toshihide Matsui (Jpn) 6-4, 6-3; Hiroki Moriya (Jpn) & Goncalo Oliveira (Por) bt Sriram Balaji & Vishnu Vardhan 3-6, 7-6(2), [10-7].

€137,560 Challenger, Genoa, Italy: Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Attila Balazs (Hun) & Fernando Romboli (Bra) bt Rameez Junaid (Aus) & Purav Raja 7-6(2), 7-6(3).

€46,600 Challenger, Cassis, France: Second round: Daniel Masur (Ger) bt Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-3, 6-2; Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Evgeny Karlovskiy (Rus) & Ramkumar bt Ivan Sabanov & Matej Sabanov (Cro) 6-4, 6-1.

$15,000 ITF men, Sao Bras Alportel, Portugal: First round: Maxime Pauwels (Bel) bt Terence Das 6-1, 2-0 (retired).

$15,000 ITF men, Hua Hin, Thailand: First round: Dayne Kelly (Aus) bt Anirudh Chandrasekar 6-4, 6-3; Sidharth Rawat bt Chien Hsun Lo (Tpe) 6-2, 6-3; Nitin Kumar Sinha bt Worovin Kumthonkittikul (Tha) 4-6, 6-0, 6-3; Seita Watanabe (Jpn) bt Arjun Kadhe 6-2, 6-2.

Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Ray Ho (Tpe) & Kelsey Stevenson (Can) bt Anirudh & Nitin 6-3, 7-6(2).

$60,000 ITF women, Changsha, China: First round: Rutuja Bhosale bt Meiqi Guo (Chn) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

$15,000 ITF women, Sajur, Israel: First round: Tiffany William (GBR) bt Mihika Yadav 4-6, 7-6(5) retired.

$15,000 ITF women, Yeongwol, Korea: First round: Dayeon Back (Kor) bt Ashmitha Easwaramurthi 6-0, 6-2.

$15,000 ITF women, Tabarka, Tunisia: First round: Lilly Elida Haseth (Nor) bt Likhitha Kalava 6-3, 1-6, 7-5; Ani Vangelova (Bul) bt Bhuvana Kalva 6-2, 6-3; Doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Yekaterina Dmitrichenko (Kaz) & Antonia Schmidt (GEr) Kaaviya Balasubramanian & Niditra Rajmohan 6-2, 6-3; Coralie Garrigues (Fra) & Likhitha bt Luna Meers & Zoi Meers (Bel) 6-3, 6-2.

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