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Prajnesh breaks top-100 barrier, touches 97

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

New Delhi: Reaping rewards of his consistent performance, Prajnesh Gunneswaran Monday broke into men's singles top-100 for the first time in his career with a jump of six places that took him to 97.

Prajnesh is only third Indian player to break into the top-100 barrier in the past decade after Somdev Devvarman and Yuki Bhambri.

The gritty left-hander, who had a brilliant 2018 season, reached the semifinals of the ATP Chennai Challenger last week to ensure his entry into the coveted bracket.

"It's a good milestone for me. I have worked very hard to get here hopefully it be first of many (targets) this season. I have set a lot of goals and would like to get those. It's a good start to the year, could have been better but I will take this," Prajnesh told PTI. "I need to work on many things. There are many areas which I can improve on. I need to work on my fitness. I need to hit my forehands better with greater consistency. I will be prioritising certain things," he added.

 If Prajnesh can maintain his rank inside top-100, it will secure him entry into Grand Slam singles main draws.

 In recent times, only Yuki managed to make the top-100 grade. The immensely talented Yuki has been unfortunate with injuries that halted his progress. Every time he entered the top-100, it was followed by a long injury break.

He is now placed 156 behind Ramkumar Ramanathan, who rose to 128 with a jump of five places. At number four, is Saketh Myneni (255, +5) and following him is Sasi Kumar. Mukund, who jumped 22 places to reach career-best 271.

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