Jinan Open: Prajnesh, Myneni-Jeevan Win but Balaji-Vardhan Ousted

first_imgJinan: Top seed Prajnesh Gunneswaran progressed to the pre-quarterfinals of the Jinan Open with a straight-set win over Japanese qualifier Renta Tokuda, here on Wednesday.Playing his first tournament after losing the US Open first round, the left-handed Indian raced to a 6-2 6-2 win in the second round of the USD 162480 hard court ATP Challenger tournament. Prajnesh broke his rival four times and saved both the breakpoints he faced in the 63-minute contest.In the doubles, fourth-seeded Indian pair of Saketh Myneni and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan overcame Japan’s Shintaro Imai and Toshihide Matsui 6-4 6-3 in their opening round.It would have been an all-Indian quarterfinal but Hiroki Moriya and Goncalo Oliveira knocked out N Sriram Balaji and Vishnu Vardhan 3-6 7-6(2) 10-7 in the other first round match in the top-half of the draw.Now Myneni and Nedunchezhiyan will take on Moriya and Oliveira.Another Indian in the fray is Divij Sharan, who along with his top-seeded partner Mathew Ebden had prevailed 6-2 6-7(6) 11-9 over Steven Diez and Enrique Lopez Perez on Tuesday.Sasi Kumar Mukund, who had reached the final last week in Baotou, had made a first round exit with a 3-6 3-6 defeat against Shuichi Sekiguchi. IndiaIndian tennisjeevan nedunchezhiyanJinan First Published: September 4, 2019, 5:09 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling As it turns out, Cooper was surprised at how easy it was for him to go toe-to-toe with the likes of Calais Campbell without any concern for his health or how his leg would respond. He said if you would have asked him during OTAs if there would be some reservations, he would have said yes. But it turned out those concerns went away as soon as the whistle blew. “You’re always a little nervous about what could, would, maybe happen, but I felt pretty good today.”That means from here on out, the story will no longer be about Cooper’s return from a devastating injury. If the steps following his injury went from needing a scooter to get around to being able to walk, and then from being able to walk to being able to run, and from being able to run to doing the movements required of a player at his position, and then leaning on a defensive lineman and pushing people around, he’s finally at a point where it’s all about what he can do on the field.“The next step is to just become a better player.” – / 32 GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jonathan Cooper said he passed a bit of a litmus test when he made it through Saturday’s training camp practice without incident. His next exam came Monday when he put on pads for the first time and got to hit others.He passed that one, too.“I had my ups and my downs, made a few mistakes, but I felt OK,” Cooper said. Cooper is penciled in as the Cardinals’ starting left guard, just as he was last season after the team selected him seventh overall out of North Carolina. He’s working his way back from a broken leg that cost him his entire rookie season, and while no one has doubted his ability or work ethic, there were questions — even from the player himself — about how long it would take to truly get over the injury.last_img read more