India’s Davis cupper Prajnesh Gunneswaran registered an exhilarating win in the second round of qualifying at Roland Garros defeating a seeded opponent Marcelo Arevalo 6-4 6-1 in just about 68 minutes.
The Indian has been on an incredible high since the Davis cup where he defeated China’s Wu Yibing and helped India secure a 3-2 comeback win. After a quarter-final finish at the Nanchang Challenger, the 28-year-old is on a match winning streak conquering the Challenger Anning and now stamping authority on two rounds of qualifying on the terre battue of Paris.
Clay being his forte, Prajnesh should be looking to make it to the Main draw at Roland Garros and join fellow compatriot Yuki Bhambri who already has booked his berth in the Main draw of the second Grand Slam of the season.
In the qualifying round 2 in Paris yesterday, Prajnesh weaved some brilliant tennis to send the 32nd seed Marcelo Arevalo packing. Facing only a single break point, the Indian broke Arevalo’s serve five times. Winning 73% of first serves as against 61% of his opponent, Prajnesh wasted no time to clinch the match. Winning a total of 62 points in contrast to 42 of Arevalo, the Indian stormed into the final qualifying round at the French Open. He is just a win away from the Main Draw.
The World No. 183, Prajnesh had earlier defeated the Italian Salvatore Caruso in straight sets too in the previous round on Monday. Next challenge for the Indian is the 13th seed, Sweden’s Elias Ymer.
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This is a third attempt for Gunneswaran at Grand Slam qualifiers. He made it to the US Open qualifying round 1 in 2017 but fell in straight sets 1-6 4-6 to the German Yannick Hanfmann. He made it to the qualifying in Melbourne this year but fate eluded him once again as he succumbed to Kamke 6-4 1-6 2-6 in the opening round.
It is just about time that Prajnesh breaks the jinx and enters the Main Draw at the French Open this year. His performances on Clay have been supreme this season and it will be a cherry on the cake if he makes it on the monumental stage of a Major.