Bengaluru Open: Saketh Myneni to play Prajnesh Gunneswaran in final

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Saketh Myneni. PC: Deepthi Indukuri.

Bengaluru, November 15: The home crowd could not have asked for a better finish to the USD 150,000 Bengaluru Open ATP Challenger than an all Indian final. In contrasting semifinals played at the KSLTA here on Friday, Saketh Myneni came back from a set down to win against Khazak Aleksandr Nedovyesov 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 while fourth seed Prajnesh Gunneswaran brushed aside the challenge of Brayden Schnur 6-4, 6-1. Incidentally it is only the second time in the Challenger history that two Indians will be figuring in a final.

Prajnesh Gunneswaran. PC: Deepthi Indukuri.

The Australian duo of Max Purcell and Luke Seville upset the second seeds Purav Raja of India and Antonio Sancic of Crotia 7-6 (3), 6-3 to lift the doubles crown. Incidentally, this is the fourth finals for Purav in six final appearances, winning the other two.

Results (Semifinals) (Prefix denoted seeding, parenthesis denotes country): WC-Saketh Myneni (IND) bt Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4; 4-Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) bt Brayden Schnur (CAN) 6-4, 6-1.

Doubles (final): Max Purcell (AUS) / Luke Seville (AUS) bt 2- Purav Raja (IND) / Antonio Sancic (CRO) 7-6 (3), 6-3

Final line-up:

WC-Saketh Myneni (IND) Vs. 4-Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) 6 PM onwards.

Doubles champions of the Bengaluru Open 2018 Luke Seville (fourth from right) and Max Purcell (both Australia) along with the runners up Purav Raja of India (left of Max) and Anotnio Sancic of Croatia flanked by from left Adel Nour (Chair umpire), Sunil Yajaman (Tournament Director), Andrei Kornilov (ATP Challenger Supervisor), Naganand Doraiswamy, Organising Committee member), PR Ramaswamy (Hon. Jt. Secy, KSLTA), Maheshwar Rao (Secy, Organising Committee), KC Nagaraj (Exe. Councillor, KSLTA)

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