Australian Open qualifiers: Ramkumar Ramanathan and Ankita Raina progressed to the 2nd round of the singles qualifiers in Dubai on Sunday. Sumit Nagal has been handed a wildcard for the main draw.
Ramkumar Ramanathan will next face Tung-Lin Wu from Chinese Taipei. (Twitter Photo)
- Ramkumar Ramanathan clinched a hard-fought win in his opening round
- Ankita Raina eased into the 2nd round with a straight-set win
- Australian Open main draw gets underway in Melbourne from Feburary 8
There was good news for India in the Australian Open qualifiers on Sunday as Ramkumar Ramanathan and Ankit Raina progressed to the 2nd round with convincing victories in Dubai.
Ramkumar is yet to play in the main draw of a Grand Slam. The World No. 188 was made to work hard by 10th seed Argentine Facundo Bagnis but the Indian player prevailed in straight sets — 7-6(6), 7-5 in an hour and 53 minutes in the men’s singles tie.
Ramkumar will next face lower-ranked Tung-Lin Wu from Chinese Taipei in the 2nd round of the qualifiers.
Meanwhile, Ankita Raina defeated Hungary’s Reka-Luca Jani 6-2, 6-2 in the women’s singles first-round qualification match on Sunday. The World No. 180 had failed to get past the opening round of the qualifiers last year but she produced a clinical show against her lower-ranked opponent.
The top-ranked Indian women’s singles player will face 9th seed Katarina Zavatska in the 2nd round of the qualifying.
India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Karman Kaur Thandi will be in action later in Dubai in their 1st round of the qualifiers.
Top-ranked Indian men’s singles player Sumit Nagal received a wildcard for the main draw.
Notably, the Australian Open qualifiers are being held in the UAE from January 10 to 14 after which the players who make it to the main draw will head to Melbourne where they will undergo quarantine. The Australian Open main draw kick starts on February 8.