ITF Mysuru Open 2023 | Prajwal Dev stuns 4th seed Mukund Sasikumar to advance to singles semis
The USD 25,000 event is organized by the Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association (KSLTA). Coming back to the game, once Mukund won the first set 6-1, a gallop for him seemed like the most possible outcome. But Prajwal showed huge spoonfuls of fighting spirit despite taking a break in the second set to eventually win 7-5.
Both players fought neck and neck in the decider as it stretched to the tie-break. Prajwal played the crucial points much better in the tie-break to emerge victorious after a battle that lasted precisely 3 hours.
“It was a very tight game. I was down a set and a break in the second set but I stayed hard and wanted to stay as close to him as possible and give it a shot. I’m happy to have been able to do that in the second set. I was trailing again in the third set but I did well to come back in the match and I’m happy to have crossed the line. In the semi-final, I have to stay strong with my serve and groundstrokes and try my luck and probably attack a bit more. If I serve well, I can do other aspects of the game well,” Prajwal said after the game.
In the semi-finals, Prajwal will face George Loffhagen. Earlier, unseeded Briton Loffhagen continued his winning streak in the tournament, beating India’s Karan Singh 7-6(4), 6-3. “It was a good game and I’m happy with the way I served. He was a tough opponent, especially in the long rallies, so I’m glad I got through the game,” Loffhagen said after the game. match.
In doubles, the top-seeded Indian pair of B Rithvik Choudary and Niki Poonacha overcame fourth seeds and compatriots Parikshit Somani and Manish Sureshkumar 6-3, 6-3 to enter the final.
Later, Mukund Sasikumar redeemed his singles loss when he and Vishnu Vardhan reached the doubles semi-finals, beating Indian duo Faisal Qamar and Fardeen Qamar 7-6(7), 3-6, 10-7. The game was postponed from Thursday.
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