Prajnesh Gunneswaran advances to quarterfinals at the Jinan Open

JINAN (China): superior seed Prajnesh Gunneswaran reserved a place of individual quarterfinals in the Jinan Open with a very close victory over the Chinese Tung-Lin Wu of Taipei, on Thursday.

The Indian left-hander had to work hard before prevailing 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the third round of the $ 162,480 hard court tournament.

Prajnesh had many break points, but could only convert two of the eight and dropped his service once in the one-hour and 34-minute crash.

Then he faces the eighth seeded Japanese Go Soeda, who shot the Chinese Di Wu 6-1, 6-2 in the other competition of the third round.

Meanwhile, in the doubles event, three Indians will appear in the semifinal of the upper half.

Top seed Divij Sharan and Matthew Ebden beat Pedja Krsten and Akira Santillan 6-1, 6-4 in just 45 minutes.

Now they will face the Indian couple of Saketh Myneni and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, who sowed the fourth seed and defeated Hiroki Moriya and Goncalo Oliveira 7-5, 6-2 in the other quarterfinals.

At the Aon Open Challenger in Genoa, Italy, India's challenge ended in the first round in both singles and doubles.

Sumit Nagal, who played his first event after the US Open's maximum, where he faced Roger Federer, suffered a 1-6, 5-7 loss to local wildcard Giulio Zeppieri.

In the doubles Purav Raja and his Australian partner lost 6-7 (2), 6-7 (3) to Fernando Romboli and Attila Balazs.

At the Cassis Open in France, 12th seed Ramkumar Ramanathan He lost his singles in the second round 3-6, 2-6 against the German Daniel Masur.

However, he reached the doubles quarterfinals with Russian teammate Evgeny Karlovskiy with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over the fourth Croatian couple of Ivan Sabanov and Matej Sabanov.