Prajnesh playing to fulfill his father's wish

PUNE Prajnesh Gunneswaran He became light with a heavy heart and a wrist injury to beat his compatriot Chandril Sood 6-1, 6-3 and move to the quarterfinals of the $ 54,000 KPIT ATP Challenger male tennis event here on wednesday.

This season has been an emotional roller coaster for Prajnesh, who lost his father SG Prabhakaran on Saturday.

Prabhakaran, who was 64, had been convalescent for a while. When his condition began to deteriorate in recent months and Prajnesh was not in the best mood to play, Prabhakaran had urged him to keep his focus as it was a crucial phase of his career. it was due to the vital ranking points at stake (he was second here here last year) since he had already lost a large part of them and was winning Australian Open Court is out of the question now. But he is largely a son who fulfills his father's last wish.

He wanted him to continue and not change anything for him, said Prajnesh, who turned 30 on Tuesday, after his victory at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex.

He was not aware of his chronology and how much time he had left. They kept me in the dark for obvious reasons ... when I discovered how sick I was, I wanted to stop.

But he vehemently wanted me to continue on the path he had put me on. It was like his ultimate goal and to dream of seeing me succeed, continue to succeed. I will try to do my best.

Needless to say, focusing on the game has been difficult.

It comes in waves. Sometimes it's hard, sometimes not, he said.

In recent weeks he suffered a lot, so it is a blessing to see that it is over for him. But still, we would all like to have it close.

When he left the central court on Wednesday, with his fiance Sudharshana and spiritual mentor Swamy Ramachandrananda cheering him from the stands, a more practical concern was the arm injury he had suffered during a Challenger in China last month.

But he managed well to beat Chandril, 28, half of the Sood twins.

I didn't use my right punch and I took out a lot. I played everything with my reverse, said Prajnesh.