Winning start for Prajnesh, Ramkumar loses in first round in Bendigo

BLESSED (Australia): Prajnesh Gunneswaran made a winning start for the 2020 season but Ramkumar Ramanathan left the Apis Canberra International after a loss in the first round on Monday.

Prajnesh, India's best-ranked singles player with 122, knocked down local wildcard Jason Kubler 7-5, 6-3 in the first round of the $ 162480 ATP Challenger event.

The left-handed Indian needed an hour and 28 minutes to expel his rival, ranked 257 on the ATP singles list.

Prajnesh broke his rival four times and dropped his own service twice in the competition.

I served quite well but was a little rusty at the beginning. Then I started. It was a good day. I created many opportunities and converted enough break points to end comfortably, Prajnesh said.

I should have won the second set 4-1, but he did well and also decreased the intensity a bit. I still have some wrist problems, but I could play with him. I have not fully recovered from the tendonitis I had gotten into. China by the end of the year, he added.

Prajnesh will face the 13th Japanese seed Taro Daniel , in position 106.

However, Ramkumar had to endure a 6-3, 2-6, 3-6 loss in the first round against Finland Emil Ruusuvuori in a contest that lasted one hour and 27 minutes.

The Indian could convert only one of the four rest opportunities he won.