Tennis News Today: Prajnesh Gunneswaran Enters Shanghai Challenger Semi-Final

Prajnesh Gunneswaran registered another easy win at the 2019 Shanghai Challenger to make it to the last-four stage on Friday.
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Prajnesh Gunneswaran registered another easy win at the 2019 Shanghai Challenger to make it to the last-four stage on Friday.

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The Indian number one had no worries getting past the eighth seeded Japanese player Hiroki Moriya, winning 6-4, 6-4 to register his third successive straight-set win in the competition. Gunneswaran had earlier moved past James Ward 6-4, 7-6 in the second round following an opening round bye and then defeated Goncalo Oliveira to set up this quarter-final match against Moriya.

Gunneswaran, who is the top seed at this event at Shanghai, was joined in the semi-finals by the fourth seeded Yasutaka Uchiyama. The Japanese player was leading Australia’s seventh seed Andrew Harris 7-6, 2-1 when the latter retired because of injury.

In the other semi-final, third seeded Yuichi Sugita of Japan will take on Chinese wild-card entrant Wu Di. Sugita, who has a best ATP ranking of 36th in the world two years ago, overcame Enrique Lopez Perez in two sets, while Wu Di breezed past American Colin Altamirano 6-4, 6-0 to set up this semi-final meeting.

The men’s doubles semi-final, however, saw the Indian pair of Saketh Myneni and Divij Sharan bow out in a tense battle against Australians Marc Polmans and Scott Puodziunas. They lost 2-6, 6-3, [13-11] in their semi-final.

Yesterday, Sumit Nagal had made the third round of the Banja Luka Challenger in Bosnia after overcoming Matija Pecotic 6-1, 6-1. He had earlier got past Ivan Nedelko in another straight sets in their first round match.

Sixth seeded Nagal takes on fourth seeded Federico Coria in their quarter-final.

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