Prajnesh gets second straight runner-up finish after final defeat in Orlando

Prajnesh Gunneswaran loses to Denis Kudla in ATP Challenger final in Cary
By: PTI | Orlando |

Updated: November 22, 2020 11:43:10 pm

Prajnesh has received two titles — Anning (China, April 2018) and Bengaluru (November 2018). (File)

Early breaks pegging him again in each the units, Prajnesh Gunneswaran ended runner-up on the Orlando Open, shedding the summit conflict of the ATP Challenger occasion to American Brandon Nakashima, right here on Sunday.

Prajnesh didn’t have the required energy in his strokes to harm the American, shedding 3-6 4-6 in the USD 52,080 onerous courtroom match.

The Indian left-hander might convert not one of the eight break probabilities that got here his method in an hour and 28 minute contest.

It is Prajnesh’s second straight runner-up finish. He had reached the final on the Cary Challenger final week.

The outcome will assist Prajnesh transfer as much as 128 from 137. He has already locked the India primary rank along with his Orlando present.

Serving at 2-3, 30-all, Prajnesh buried a forehand to the online to be down a break level however saved it with an ace.

Another forehand error by Prajnesh gave Nakaksima one other probability however the Indian saved that too with a properly set-up winner.

However, Nakashima’s sturdy ground-strokes introduced him one other probability and this time Prajnesh couldn’t save, sending a backhand over the baseline.

An straightforward maintain put the American forward 5-2. He returned to serve out the set with none fuss.

In the third sport of the second set, Prajnesh dropped serve and squandered two break probabilities in the subsequent sport to let 19-year-old Nakashima run away along with his maiden Challenger stage singles trophy.

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