Paris, September 22
India’s Ankita Raina progressed to the second spherical of the French Open qualifiers with a hard-fought win over Jovana Jovic on Tuesday however Ramkumar Ramanathan’s bid to qualify for his maiden Grand Slam singles principal draw fell flat.
In a marathon two-hour 47 minute contest, Ankita prevailed 6-Four 4-6 6-Four in opposition to the Serbian. The 27-year-old Indian gained 106 factors to 100 of her rival.
It was first assembly between the 2 gamers since 2014 when Ankita had misplaced to Jovic in Anning on clay courts.
Ankita will subsequent tackle Japan’s Kurumi Nara, seeded 22nd.
Ankita has not gone past the second spherical on the Grand Slam qualifiers and must win two extra matches to make it to the principle draw.
No Indian lady has performed within the singles principal draw of a serious since Sania Mirza competed within the 2012 Australian Open.
In the lads’s singles, Ramkumar bowed out after a straight set defeat in opposition to French wild card Tristan Lamasine.
The Indian Davis Cupper, ranked 198, misplaced 5-7 2-6 to lower-ranked Lamasine in a single hour and 27 minutes on Monday. The Frenchman is positioned 268 on the rating chart.
The 25-year-old Ramkumar was profligate as he squandered as many as seven of the eight breakpoints he earned. He misplaced his serve 4 occasions within the first spherical contest.
The nation’s high singles participant Sumit Nagal has already exited and now Prajnesh Gunneswaran is the lone Indian left within the males’s singles qualifying occasion.
Ramkumar has been making an attempt to crack the Grand Slam principal attracts since 2015 however has not succeeded but. Making the third spherical on the Australian Open qualifiers in 2018 has been his greatest effort up to now. PTI