Bengaluru Open: Saketh Myneni battles past Youssef Hossam

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Saketh Myneni in action at the Bengaluru Open on Wednesday. PC: Deepthi Indukuri

At the ongoing Bengaluru Open, two more seeds have made exit as four
Indians feature in the last eight stage

Bengaluru, November 14: As many as four Indians figure in the last eight stage of the ongoing USD150,000 Bengaluru Open ATP Challenger.

In the pre-quarterfinals fixture played at the KSLTA here on Wednesday, Sasi Kumar Mukund, playing his fourth round in as many days (entered as a qualifier), sent home the fancied Slovenian, Blaz Kavcic after the latter threw in the towel, trailing by a set and down 1-3 in the second set.

Mukund Sasi Kumar

Defending champion Sumit Nagal was a 6-3, 7-6 (4) victor over James Ward of Great Britain while Saketh Myneni quelled the challenge of giant killer Youssef Hossam 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 to advance to quarterfinals. Joining the trio was fourth seed Prajnesh Gunneswaran who came back from the brink of defeat against qualifier Sebastian Fanswelow of Germany before prevailing 4-6, 6-4, 7-5. Incidentally, Prajnesh is the only seed left in fray. Brayden Schnur of Canada sidelined sixth seed Quentin Halys of France 6-4, 7-6 (3) while Kazak Aleksandr Nedovyesov ousted fifth seed Marc Polsman of Canada in straight sets 6-2, 6-4

Results (Pre-quarterfinals) (Prefix denoted seeding, parenthesis denotes country): Q-Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND) bt Blaz Kavcic (SLO) 7-6 (2), 3-1 (Retd); WC-Sumit Nagal (IND) bt James Ward (GBR) 6-3, 7-6 (4); 4-Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) bt Q-Sebastian Fanselow (GER) 4-6, 6-4, 7-5; WC-Saketh Myneni (IND) bt Q-Youssef Hossam (EGY) 6-1, 3-6, 6-1; Brayden Schnur (CAN) bt 6-Quentin Halys (FRA) 6-4, 7-6 (3); Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) bt 5-Marc Polsman (CAN) 6-2, 6-4; Cem Ilkel (TUR) bt LL-Zizou Bergs (BEL) 7-5, 6-3; Daniel Masur (Ger) Vs. Frederico Ferreira Silva (POR).

Doubles (Quarterfinals): 3-N Sriram Balaji (IND) / Vishnu Vardhan (IND) Vs. Max Purcell (AUS) / Luke Seville (AUS); Arjun Kadhe (IND) Vs. Saketh Myneni (IND) bt WC-SD Prajwal Dev (IND) / Niki Poonacha (IND) 6-3, 7-6 (5); Cheng-Peng Hsieh (TPE) / Tsung-Hua Yang (TPE) bt Andrej Martin (SVK) / Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) 4-6, 6-2, 10-2; 2-Purav Raja (IND) / Antonio Sancic (CRO) W/O Blaz Kavcic (SLO) / Tristan-Samuel Weissborn.

Quarterfinal line-up (Singles)- 2 PM onwards:

Q-Sasi Kumar Mukund (IND) Vs. 4-Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND)

WC-Saketh Myneni (IND) Vs. WC-Sumit Nagal (IND)

Brayden Schnur (CAN) Vs. Cem Ilkel (TUR)

Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) Vs. D. Masur (GER) or F. Ferreira Silva (POR)

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