Gathering rewards for his continuous brilliant performances, Prajnesh Gunneswaran on Monday scored an ace by breaking into men’s singles top-100 for the first time in his career. He jumped six places to take him to the 97 spot.
After Somdev Devvarman and Yuki Bhambri, Prajnesh became only the third Indian player to ever break the top-100 barrier in the past decade.
The steely left-hander, who had a stellar 2018 season, managed to reach the semifinals of the ATP Chennai Challenger last week to make sure that he entered the coveted bracket.
“A Good Start to the Year”
Prajnesh on this achievement said “It’s a good milestone for me. I have worked very hard to get here hopefully it be first of many (targets) this season. I have set a lot of goals and would like to get those. It’s a good start to the year, could have been better but I will take this.”
He further added “I need to work on many things. There are many areas which I can improve on. I need to work on my fitness. I need to hit my forehands better with greater consistency. I will be prioritising certain things.”
If Prajnesh manages to maintain his rank inside top-100, it will be enough to secure him an entry into the Grand Slam singles main draws.
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In the recent while, Yuki is the only one who has managed to make it to the top-100 grade. Being extremely talented but unfortunate with injuries, his progress got ceased. Each time he entered the top-100, a long injury break has always followed.
Now, he is placed 156 behind Ramkumar Ramanathan, who rose to 128 with a jump of five places. At number four, is Saketh Myneni (255, +5) and following him is Sasi Kumar Mukund, who jumped 22 places to reach career-best 271.
Mukund had made it to the semifinals of the Chennai Challenger as well.
Elsewhere, in the doubles, Rohan Bopanna stayed put at 37. He was followed by his partner Leander Paes (75, +7), Divij Sharan (39, +1), Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (77, +2) and Purav Raja (100, +3).
In the WTA charts, Ankita Raina is still India’s top singles player. She is ranked at number 165 after climbing three places in the ladder. Karman Kaur Thandi, on the other hand, dropped to a place of 211.