India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran entered the second round of the Australian Open qualifiers as he knocked out local wild card Harry Bourchier 6-2, 6-4 on Tuesday. However, Ramkumar Ramanathan crashed out of the tournament after going down to Federico Coria in the qualifiers. Also Read - Australian Open 2021: Novak Djokovic Beats Daniil Medvedev For Record-Extending Ninth Title at Melbourne Park, Wins 18th Grand Slams Title Overall
Prajnesh will now face Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann in the second round. Also Read - Australian Open 2021 HIGHLIGHTS FINAL 2021 Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev Live Updates: Djokovic Beats Medvedev in Straight Sets to Win 9th Australian Open Title
Last week, Prajnesh had bowed out of the Apis Canberra International following a second-round defeat in Bendigo (Australia). Also Read - Daniil Medvedev Registers Clinical Win Over Stefanos Tsitsipas to Set up Australian Open Title Clash Against Novak Djokovic
Ramkumar on the other hand, led against the 15th seed Argentine before going down 6-4, 4-6, 1-6.
Meanwhile, India’s lone woman contender Ankita Raina suffered a 2-6 6-7(2) defeat against Bulgaria’s Viktoriya Tomova in the women’s qualifiers.
Sumit Nagal, who had a fantastic 2019 season, will open his campaign in the qualifiers against Egypt’s Mohamed Safwat on Wednesday.
Significantly, thick smoke had delayed the first day of qualifiers at the Australian Open earlier in the day, with the toxic smog deemed too hazardous for athletes to play in.