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French Open 2020: Prajnesh advances to Round 2, Nagal, Ramkumar exits in Qualifiers

Prajnesh, India's second-highest ranked singles player, got the better of Turkey's Cem Ilkel 6-3 6-1

Indian tennis player Prajnesh Gunneswaran overcame a sluggish start to advance to the second round of the French Open men’s singles qualifying event but country’s top player Sumit Nagal bowed out after a close defeat, here on Monday.

Seeded 16th, Nagal – who became the first Indian in seven years to win a singles match at a Grand Slam with his opening round victory at the US Open – lost 6-7 (4) 5-7 to Germany’s seasoned player Dustin Brown in one hour and 47 minutes.

Nagal had his chances in the second set as he was leading 3-0 but Brown did not let him continue with the momentum.

Prajnesh, India’s second-highest ranked singles player, got the better of Turkey’s Cem Ilkel 6-3 6-1 after losing his service early in his opening qualifier of the clay court Grand Slam.

Ramkumar Ramanathan’s bid to qualify for his maiden Grand Slam singles main draw fell flat after his straight set defeat against French wild card Tristan Lamasine in the French Open, here. The Indian Davis Cupper, ranked 198, lost 5-7 2-6 to lower-ranked Lamasine in one hour and 27 minutes on Monday. The French is placed 268 on the ranking chart. The 25-year-old Ramkumar was profligate as he squandered as many as seven of the eight breakpoints he earned.

He lost his serve four times in the first round contest. Ramkumar has been trying to crack the Grand Slam main draws since 2015 but has not succeeded yet. Making the third round at the Australian Open qualifiers in 2018 has been his best effort so far. In the women’s singles qualifiers, Ankita Raina, ranked 176, will open her campaign against Serbian player Jovana Jovic, ranked 234.

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