Young Sasi Mukund posed a serious threat before losing a hard-fought battle against Taro Daniel on Wednesday in the TATA Maharashtra Open. The defeat leaves Prajnesh Gunneswaran as the only Indian left in the men’s singles man draw.Also Read - Wheat Prices Hit Record High in Global Markets After India Bans Export

The 23-year-old Indian youngster, who was handed a wild-card entry lost 2-6, 6-7 (7) in the opening round of the ATP 250 event. Also Read - Thomas Cup Final 2022 Highlights: India Clinch Their First-Ever Thomas Cup, Win 3-0 Against Indonesia

“Making a main draw debut in Pune is a very special for me. Playing here has given me experience of playing in front of the crowd. I got broken too early in the sets. I had a chance with five all. It’s not because of that one break point why I am sitting here. It was because of all the points I played,” said Mukund, who played in the qualifying round in the last two editions of India’s premier ATP 250 event. Also Read - Top 7 Most Beautiful Train Routes In India

Meanwhile, the Indian pair of Ramkumar Ramanathan and Purav Raja made it to the doubles quarter-final with a hard-fought 7-6 (6) 6-3 win over compatriot Sumit Nagal and his Partner Egor Gerasimov of Belarus. They will now take on Leander Paes and Matthew Ebden.

In another doubles contest, Robin Haase of Netherlands and Sweden’s Robert Lindstedt had to work hard for a 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 10-8 win over Dutch pair of Sander Arends and David Pel.