India’s top-ranked tennis player Prajnesh Gunneswaran progressed to the second round of the US Open qualifiers with a straight-set win over Brayden Schnur of Canada in New York.
Gunneswaran got the better of the world no. 232 Canadian 6-4 7-6 in one hour 37 minutes on Wednesday night.
The 31-year-old Indian will lock horns with American Christopher Eubanks in the next round.
Gunneswaran had qualified for the main draw of the tournament in 2019, when he had gone down to Russia’s Danil Medvedev in the opening round.
The world No 156 is the only Indian left in the men’s singles qualifiers as Sumit Nagal and Ramkumar Ramanathan made opening-round exits.
Ankita Raina also exited after losing her first round in women’s singles qualifiers to American Jamie Loeb.
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