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Sania stays atop rankings; Prajnesh sees big leap

by October 31, 2016 General

Sania Mirza with the WTA World No 1 Trophy on Sunday

IMAGE: Sania Mirza with the WTA World No 1 Trophy on Sunday. Photograph: Sania Mirza/Instagram

India woman’s tennis ace, Sania Mirza continues to hold on to her be world number one ranking in doubles, thanks to her consistent performance.

Despite being ousted from the WTA Finals doubles semi-final in Singapore, — defending champions Sania and Martina Hingis had lost to Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina on Saturday – the Hyderabadi retained her top ranking for the second year running.

The men’s rankings saw some shuffle with Indians producing mixed results.

Thanks to his runner-up finish at the Pune Challenger, Prajnesh Gunneswaran jumped 59 places to achieve a career-best singles rank of 287 while Saketh Myneni re-entered top-200 in the latest ATP rankings, issued on Monday.

Prajnesh, who lost five-years of tennis due to recurring knee injury, earned 48 points with his effort in Pune, where he lost the final to France’s Sadio Doumbia.

The 26-year-old left-hander is now the country’s third highest ranked singles player behind Myneni, who moved 10 places up to 193, and Ramkumar Ramanathan (220).

Young Sumit Nagal had impressed with his fighting abilities but his second round defeat from a winning position cost him six places and he is now placed. The next best was national champion Vishnu Vardhan at number 409.

In the doubles, Rohan Bopanna continues to stay on 22nd spot, while Leander Paes lost a place to be at 56.

Divij Sharan was unchanged at 65, followed by Pune Challenger winning partner Purav Raja, who gained three places to be at career-best 66.