French Open 2021 qualifiers LIVE (Raina vs Rodionova): Indian tennis player Ankita Raina on Monday notched up a hard-fought win over higher-ranked Arina Rodionova in the first round of the women’s singles qualifiers at the French Open. The 28-year-old Indian, world-ranked 182, showed nerves of steel as she bounced back from a set down to beat Russian-born Australian Rodionova, ranked 168th, 3-6 6-1 6-4 in a thrilling rain-affected three-setter.
Raina had reached the third round of the qualifiers in the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year.
ROLAND GARROS QUALIFYING : ANKITA RAINA COMES BACK FROM A SET AND A BREAK DOWN TO BEAT HIGHER RANKED RODIONOVA@ankita_champ won a stop start match marred by rain & storm
[QR1] Ankita Raina(🇮🇳,182) d. Arina Rodionova(🇦🇺,168) 3-6 6-1 6-4 pic.twitter.com/Z8Am8wC9mg
— Indian Tennis Daily (@IndTennisDaily) May 24, 2021
Ankita Raina vs Anastasia Rodionova LIVE
Indian tennis players Sumit Nagal, Prajnesh Gunneswaran, Ramkumar Ramanathan and will also take part in the Roland Garros qualifiers.
Sumit Nagal vs Roberto Marcora
Top singles player Sumit Nagal on Sunday drew lower-ranked Italian Roberto Marcora Nagal will face Marcora for the first time in his career.
The 23-year Nagal is yet to earn a main draw berth in the Clay court Grand Slam and must make a good start against the 191st ranked Marcora.
The Jhajjar-born Indian, who competed at the Australian Open this year, has come into the tournament after playing two Challenger-level events, where he made the quarterfinals.
French Open 2021 Qualifiers: Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Ramkumar Ramanathan will also be in action on Tuesday.
Michael Mmoh vs Ramkumar Ramanathan
Prajnesh Gunneswaran vs Oscar Otte
The left-handed Prajnesh, ranked 149, will take on Germany’s Oscar Otte, ranked 152.
Prajnesh has not competed in the main draw of a Grand Slam since losing his first round of the 2020 Australian Open.
Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Ramkumar Ramanathan got matching rivals for their first-round clashes at French Open Qualifiers. In 2019, he had featured in all four majors in the calendar.
Ramkumar, who has failed to enter the main draw of a Grand Slam in a number of attempts, will open his campaign against American Michael Mmoh, ranked 168. His ranking has dropped considerably as the Chennai player is now placed outside the top-200, at number 215.
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