Melbourne: India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan and Ankita Raina recorded straight-sets victories to make a promising start at the Australian Open qualifiers but Karman Kaur Thandi went down fighting in the first round here on Tuesday. Seeded 21st, Ramkumar knocked out Spain’s Sergio Guiterrez-Ferrol 6-3 6-2 in his men’s singles opening round.

“It was a very close match. We played a very long game at 2-2 on my server, I held. He also held his own but after the new balls came in I broke him. I served well and that helped. At big moments also, my serves came out well,” explained Ramkumar.

Prajnesh Gunneswaran will open his campaign against Croatia’s Viktor Galovic on Wednesday. Appearing in her third Grand Slam Qualifiers, Ankita (ranked 205)…

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