Bopanna advances at Qatar Open

Rohan Bopanna kick-started his Olympic year preparations with a fine win in Doha 

By Subhayan Dutta ·

India’s tennis Olympic hopefuls endured a mixed day on the circuit as doubles veteran Rohan Bopanna advanced into the quarter-finals at the Qatar ATP 250 event.

Teaming up with his Dutch partner Wesley Koolhof, Bopanna beat Italy’s Marco Cecchinato and Lorenzo Sonego in Doha.

Meanwhile while Prajnesh Gunneswaran lost his second-round tie at the ATP Challenger event moved from Canberra to Bendigo.

Easy win for Bopanna

The Bopanna and Koolhof combination won a breakpoint in the fourth game of the opening set, and did not let the early advantage slip as they went on to seal the set 6-3.

The story was no different in the second set, as the third seeded Bopanna and Koolhof broke early and wrapped up a 6-3, 6-2 victory.

They will now face the USA-Switzerland duo of Frances Tiafoe and Stan Wawrinka in their last-eight tie.

Rohan Bopanna  

Gunneswaran bows out

Meanwhile in Australia, playing against Japan’s Taro Daniel, Prajnesh Gunneswaran’s progress came to an end at the Canberra International.

With the tournament moved to Bendigo due to the devastating bushfires affecting areas around Canberra, the Chennai local Gunneswaran fell to a defeat in their second round tie.

Daniel broke the Indian's serve in the third game of the first set and held on against a battling Gunneswaran to capture the first set 6-4.

The Indian has previously punched above his weight, and showed plenty of resilience against his Japanese opponent.

After his serve was broken in the third game of the second set, Gunneswaran fought back to break his opponent's serve and restore parity at 3-3.

The set went into a tiebreak where Gunneswaran was broken once again in the ninth service game.

From there, there was no way back as Daniel wrapped up the tiebreak by a 7-4 margin.