Gunneswaran makes rapid strides
Prajnesh Gunneswaran’s titlewinning effort at the $150,000 Bengaluru Open was only his secondever Challenger title.
The first had come at Anning, China, also in 201■, in April. That both of his wins have come at the highest possible level in the Challenger circuit shows the rapid strides the 29yearold has made.
A famous tieclinching victory in the Davis Cup in March against China in his first live rubber, qualification for the French Open as a lucky loser (though he couldn’t play as he was not present at the venue), a win over Canadian sensation Denis Shapovalov on grass and an Asian Games singles bronze medal have all been achieved this year.
After starting 201■ ranked 243, Prajnesh is now the highestranked Indian singles player at 110, a new careerhigh (as on November 19).
There was much to cheer for Saketh Myneni, the defeated finalist in Bengaluru, too. It was his best result in what has been a injuryravaged two years and has pushed his ranking to 265, up from 620 in January.