Prajnesh ousts Saketh to enter semis , top seed Donskoy ousted at $ 50000 KPIT- MSLTA ATP Tennis Challenger
Pune, October 27: Prajnesh Gunneswaran made full use of Davis Cupper and third seeded Saketh Myneni’s injury to score a 6-7(5),6-2,6-0 win and enter the semifinals alongwith sadio Doumbia of France who created the biggest upset ousting top seeded Evgeny Donskoy of Russia at the $50000 KPIT MSLTA ATP Challenger being organised by MSLTA and played at the Mhalunge Balewadi tennis Complex.
In the other quarterfinal matches 21 year old Nikola Milojevic of Serbia ranked sixth upset fourth seeded Adrian Menendez-Maceiras of Spain 6-4, 7-6(3) in a 1 hour 57 minute match, second seeded and 18 year old Duckhee Lee of Korea was the only seeded to move to the last four stage playing solidly to stop seventh seeded Dmitry Popko of Kazakhstan 6-3,6-4 .
In the best match of the day Sadio Doumbia of France ranked 359 upset top seeded and 108 ranked and Russian Davis Cupper Evgeny Donskoy 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in 1 hour 57 minute match , In a match between 26 year olds Doumbia served 9 aces breaking the top seed once in every set to make it to the last four , Doumbia will now take on sixth seeded and 21 year old Nikola Milojevic of Serbia who ousted fourth seeded bt Adrian Menendez-Maceiras 6-4, 7-6(3) also in 1 hour 57 match which featured long rallies.
It was a memorable day for Chennai based 26 year old Prajnesh Gunneswaran who upset third seeded Saket Myneni 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-0 in1 hourand 32 minute and make it to the semifinals which ensured him 29 ATP points . Saketh didnt seem in elements hardly using his most powerful weapon the serve due to a chronic Shoulder problem but still managed to take the first set 7-6 (5), Prajnesh realsiing Saketh’s discomfort played longer rallies forcing Saketh into errors and then going for a win. ” its great feeling to make it to a challenger semifinal , the win ensures many points that were elusive so far.
Prajnesh will now take on second seeded Duckhee Lee of Korea who is making waves on the ATP circuit , Lee outplayed Dmitry Popko of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-4
Top seeded Purav Raja and Divij Sharan moved into the semifinals with a 7-6(0), 6-4 win Marat Deviatiarov of Ukraine and Dmitry Popko of Kazakhstan
- Sadio Doumbia(FRA) bt Evgeny Donskoy(RUS)(1) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
- Nikola Milojevic(SRB)(6) bt Adrian Menendez-Maceiras(ESP)(4) 6-4, 7-6(3)
- Prajnesh Gunneswaran(IND)(8) bt Saket Myneni(IND)(3) 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-0
- Duckhee Lee(KOR)(2) bt Dmitry Popko(KAZ)(7) 6-3, 6-4
- Purav RAJA (IND)/Divij SHARAN (IND) vs Marat DEVIATIAROV (UKR)/Dmitry POPKO (KAZ) 7-6(0),6-4
- Luca MARGAROLI (SUI)/ Hugo NYS (FRA)vs Leander PAES (IND)/Ramkumar RAMANATHAN (IND)