India's singles challenge ends in U.S. Open qualifiers

India’s hopes of qualifying for the main draw of U.S. Open’s singles challenge ended after Prajnesh Gunneswaran lost to American Christopher Eubanks in straight sets.

India’s singles challenge came to an end at the U.S. Open qualifiers after Prajnesh Gunneswaran was handed a straight-set defeat by American Christopher Eubanks in the second round.

The world number 156 Indian, who was looking to make his second appearance in the US Open main draws, went down 3-6, 4-6 to Eubanks, ranked 216th, in a 50-minute showdown on Thursday night.

The 31-year-old Gunneswaran had qualified for the main draw in 2019, when he had lost to Russia’s Danil Medvedev in the opening round.

The two other Indian players in fray in the men’s singles qualifiers, Sumit Nagal and Ramkumar Ramanathan, made opening-round exits earlier in the week.

Nagal lost 5-7 6-4 3-6 to Argentina’s Juan Pablo Ficovich while Ramkumar frittered away a one-set advantage to lose 6-4 6-7 (1) 4-6 to Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy.

Ankita Raina was also ousted from the tournament after losing her first round match in women’s singles qualifiers 3-6 6-2 4-6 to American Jamie Loeb.

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