Prajnesh is now ranked 102 in the men’s singles rankings with a jump of seven places while Ankita leapt a whopping of 35 places to a career-high 168 in the women’s singles.
The Chennai lad will spearhead India’s challenge in the Davis Cup World Group Qualifiers against Italy in Kolkata this week.
Highlights of the week:
1. Prajnesh Gunneswaran reaches career high of 102 for qualifying into the Australian Open main draw
2. Ankita Raina reaches career high of 168 for winning the ITF… https://t.co/ZRSFKmIVjP
— Indian Tennis Daily (@IndiantennisFan) January 28, 2019
Looking ahead for Davis Cup
In the form of his life, Prajnesh Gunneswaran is confident of a stellar show on grass when India will clash with fancied Italy in the Davis Cup World Group Qualifiers. Stress fractures in his knees made him almost vanish from the circuit but Prajnesh made a remarkable turnaround, achieving a career-high 104 recently.
“I’m good on grass. I beat [then world number 23] Denis Shapovalov recently. I should be able to do well here,” Prajnesh told PTI in Kolkata.
“I did well in four, five tournament at the end of last year. I consistently did well in four Challengers. Those were my best results. I think we will have a slight advantage. We just need to fight hard and close the gap.”
Elated Ankita hopes to achieve greater heights
— Ankita Raina (@ankita_champ) January 28, 2019
“I started the year on a good note, first in Australia and then a title and today a career-best rank, all this in one month. I am just feeling grateful to people who did not give up on me,” said Ankita from Thailand.
“This has given me a lot of belief that slowly and steadily, I will get to my goals,” added Ankita, who is supported by ONGC and Sports Authority of Gujarat.
Ankita will lead country’s challenge in Fed Cup in Astana, Kazakhstan next week.
ATP Rankings of other Indian tennis players
The next best female singles player Karman Kaur Thandi, who has been chosen for the USD 25000 annual financial support by the ITF through Grand Slam Development Fund (GSDF), dropped five places to 210.
In the ATP list, Ramkumar Ramanathan dropped two places to 133 while injured Yuki Bhambri (151) slipped out of top-150 with a steep fall of 13 places.
Saketh Myneni was next best at number 260 (-4) and was followed by young Sasi Kumar Mukund (292, -1).
In the doubles, all top five Indian players slid in the ranking table.
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