India’s top-ranked woman player Ankita Raina moved to the final round of the Australian Open Qualifiers with a gutsy three-set win over world number 118 Katarina Zavatska but it was curtains for Ramkumar Ramanathan in the men’s and India’s top-ranked Prajnesh Gunneswaran in the men’s singles segment.
In the women’s singles qualifiers being held in Dubai, the 180th ranked Ankita overcame a second-set lapse to win 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 in the second round against the Ukrainian. Ankita will next take on 20-year-old Serbian Olga Danilovic, ranked 183. It will be the first meeting between the two players.
It is Ankita’s sixth attempt to crack the singles main draw of a Grand Slam and she is now just one win away from creating history. Only Nirupama Vaidyanathan and Sania Mirza have competed in the women’s singles main draw of a Grand Slam from India till date.
Nirupama had reached the second round of the Australian Open in 1998 while Sania quit competing in the singles category in 2012.
In the men’s singles being held in Doha, Ramkumar lost his second round 3-6, 2-6 to Chinese Taipei’s Tung-Lin Wu in 69 minutes.
Prajnesh Gunneswaran, the 12th seed, went down 2-6, 3-6 to France’s Constant Lestienne in 85-minutes in a second round clash which.