Australian Open: Prajnesh enters final round of qualifiers, Ankita, Ramkumar bow out

first_img Press Trust of India MelbourneJanuary 10, 2019UPDATED: January 10, 2019 18:19 IST Prajnesh Gunneswaran will be looking for his first appearance in a Grand Slam tournament. (Australian Open Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPrajnesh Gunneswaran is the only Indian standing in the singles disciplinePrajnesh won the Asian Games bronze medal last yearAnkita Raina and Ramkumar Ramanathan bowed out in the second round of Australian Open qualifiersIn-form Prajnesh Gunneswaran inched closer to his maiden Grand Slam appearance with another straight-set win but Ankita Raina and Ramkumar Ramanathan were ousted from the Australian Open Qualifiers after suffering narrow defeats, here [Melbourne] Thursday.Prajnesh, seeded sixth, got the better of Spain’s Enrique Lopez Perez 6-3, 6-3 in the men’s singles second round.”I played a better match than yesterday [Wednesday] and remained solid throughout. I broke three times and there were not too many games where my serve was in danger. I played good mentally as well,” Prajnesh told PTI.”I did the right things, attacked when I got chances. Looking forward to the final round tomorrow,” he added.The world number 112 will next take on Japan’s Yosuke Watanaki, ranked 192 in the world.If Prajnesh wins tomorrow’s [Friday] match, it will be his first main draw competition at a Grand Slam. He unfortunately missed out on playing at 2018 French Open when as a lucky loser he made the main draw but since he had left Paris and entered a Challenger tournament, he missed out on the chance.Injured Yuki Bhambri had played in all four Grand Slam main draws in 2018.Placed 132 in the world rankings, Ramkumar played a very close match before losing 7-5 5-7 6-7(6) to Germany’s Rudolf Molleker, ranked 207.”I served well in the match and had a break point at 3-3 in the final set but missed the backhand down the line. It was just a few inches wide. You have to take those chances,” rued Ramkumar.advertisementIn the women’s singles, Asian Games bronze medallist Ankita also had a one-set advantage but went down 6-4 2-6 4-6 to Spain’s 29th seed Paula Badosa Gibert, world number 142.”I tried to play attacking tennis but I felt I slowed down a bit in the second set. I was aggressive again in the third. But the girl (opponent) was serving big today which was the deciding factor,” said Raina.Also Read | Tricky draw for Federer as Swiss legend eyes hat-trick in MelbourneAlso Read | Indian-origin boy to spin the toss coin in Australian Open 4th roundAlso Read | Federer, Serena favourites to win 2019’s 1st Grand Slam tournamentFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Prajnesh GunneswaranFollow Ankita RainaFollow Ramkumar RamanathanFollow Australian Open Next Australian Open: Prajnesh enters final round of qualifiers, Ankita, Ramkumar bow outAustralian Open: Prajnesh Gunneswana beat Spain’s Enrique Lopez Perez 6-3, 6-3 to make it to the final round of men’s singles qualifiers.advertisementlast_img read more

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…in mediocrityYour Eyewitness sincerely hopes there’s nothing seriously wrong medically with President David Granger, and wishes him a long life. But his decision to have his medical check-up first done in T&T a few months ago and now his decision to go to Cuba for “follow up checks” on the symptoms highlighted in T&T, betrays his assessment of our medical capacity in Guyana. That frankly, it’s not up to snuff.It’s now become trite to mock Guyanese politicians who fly abroad for medical interventions but it’s THEIR lives at stake – and because they have the option of seeking better medical care, it’s rational for them to make that decision! Why take chances? But the rest of the ordinary men and women in the street don’t have that option, do they?  They have to line up at Georgetown Hospital – at best – or the regional hospitals – at worse – and play Russian Roulette with their lives.But it didn’t have to be this way. When the PPP was in office, around 2013, they proposed the construction of a “Specialty Hospital” that would offer world-class medical services for the medical procedures that were beyond our medical services’ ken. The Indian Government would fund the project from a line of credit and the hospital, the PPP said, would be the start of a local “medical tourism” industry. This wouldn’t only bring in foreign currency from patients from the developed countries who’d save a bundle – but would allow the Government to subsidise the costs for local patients, on a “needs” basis!Now who’d oppose such a venture that’s so win-win all around? The PNC and AFC in the Opposition benches, that’s who! Funny enough, one of the top bidders for the project was a client of Ramjattan – Fedders Lloyd – and it was only when the latter lost out to another company, he started his violent opposition. When he slid into Government on the PNC coattails he started lobbying for the project to be retendered but when Fedders Lloyd was eventually disqualified by the World Bank for violations committed on other projects, Ramjattan once again helped nixed the Specialty Hospital Project. Even though $42 million had been spent to prepare the site.The Government decided to use the Indian Line of Credit to upgrade three regional hospitals – but as of today, nothing’s been done. We have therefore lost “corn and husk” – we have no Specialty Hospital with advanced medical equipment and personnel and the regional hospitals continue to languish in the era when leeched were routinely used for “bloodletting”!And we return to the President having to fly off to Cuba for medical treatment. “It’s a shad, shad situation”.…and underdevelopedThere’s one school of thought that proposed newspapers in developing countries have a duty to support projects and policies that push a development agenda. Now whether you support this or not, (your Eyewitness doesn’t) it’s pretty hard to support – in the name of “freedom of the press” – a newspaper that literally goes out to rip down the country’s development just to satisfy their personal vendettas.And this is where the Muckraker still hasn’t learnt the lesson from the PNC/AFC’s betrayal of all they’d preached when they were being funded by the tawdry tabloid. Take the lies and exaggerations they repeated from those days when putatively covering the suggested Berbice Bridge’s toll increases.  How in the world could ANY of the private common shareholders be accused of “profiteering” from their ownership of the Bridge when they NEVER voted any dividends for themselves?? How could they “profiteer” when they have $300 million tied up, doing anything?But the Muckraker’s boss wouldn’t recognise sacrifice for one’s country if it snuck up and bit him on his behind!!It’s all about himself!…in helplessnessThe Government’s CH&PA just announced they’ll be building 250 homes and extending 2000 shacks of the “poor”. Your Eyewitness knows it’s a boondoggle for its supporters.But without jobs, they’re just widening their learned helplessness. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Decisions, decisions…June 22, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Achieving standards…August 4, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Moving on…November 8, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” read more