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 - Over 2.34 Lakh Corona Cases, 1,341 Deaths in Last 24 Hours: India's Covid Crisis Deepens | 10 Points
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 - Nirav Modi's Extradition Approved by UK Home Minister Ahead of Boris Johnson's India Visit
“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 - Coronavirus Second Wave: India Likely to Witness 2,320 Daily Deaths by First Week of June, Says Report
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.