Ankita Raina remains the lone Indian hope alive in the singles qualifying event
By Saurabh Singh | AITA
Ankita Raina, India’s highest-ranked female tennis player, is now the only Indian alive in the singles qualifying competition at this year’s clay-court Grand Slam – the French Open 2020.
After coming through a marathon two hour 47 minutes long tie in her opening round against Serbia’s Jovana Jovic, Raina is slated to next take on Japan’s Kurumi Nara, seeded 22nd.
The second-round clash between the 176th ranked Indian and the 148th ranked Japanese is scheduled to take place today at 1:30 pm IST.
Indian challenge in Roland Garros Men’s singles qualifying ends after Gunneswaran falters in second round
India’s second highest-ranked singles player Prajnesh Gunneswaran seeded 29th in the Roland Garros Men’s singles qualifiers, bowed out of the competition after suffering a loss against Australia’s Aleksandar Vukic in the second round on Wednesday.
World no 141, Gunneswaran went down in straight sets 4-6, 6-7 against the 190th ranked Vukic.
The big-serving Aussie produced 19 aces to Gunneswaran’s three in the match which lasted for 90 minutes. Vukic won a total of 82 points while Gunneswaran managed to pocket 73 in the round two match.