Bengaluru Open: Prajnesh Gunneswaran wins title

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Champion Prajnesh Gunneswaran poses with the Bengaluru Open ATP Challenger trophy at the KSLTA on Saturday.

Bengaluru, November 17: It seemed as if all the roads led to Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association as the crowd thronged to the venue of the final of the USD150,000 Bengaluru Open ATP Challenger, hoping for a humdinger of a match. Fireworks did flow but only from the racquet of fourth seed Prajnesh Gunneswaran who took just 56 minutes to brush aside the challenge of Wild Card entrant Saketh Myneni in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 to wear the crown here on Saturday.

Champion Prajnesh Gunneswaran (left) and runner-up Saketh Myneni strike a pose with the Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka Dr. G Parameshwara during the prize presentation of the Bengaluru Open ATP Challenger at the KSLTA on Saturday. PC: Deepthi Indukuri

“I am happy to have won here. I think I played good tennis through the week and the hard work has paid off,” said an elated Prajnesh who garnered 125 ATP points as well as the winners cheque of US $ 21,600 and could see a jump of over 30 ranks and if he continues in the same vein in Pune, he could well be in for the first Grand Slam of the Year.

Results: Men’s singles finals: 4-Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) bt W-Saketh Myneni 6-2, 6-2

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